If a poor lighting injury has set you back, we'll help you move forward

Injuries caused by inadequate lighting, resulting in trips, falls, or accidents, can lead to compensation for medical care, as well as pain, suffering and loss of amenity.

If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by an inadequate lighting accident, we can help. If someone else was responsible for your injuries, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

You can make a No Win, No Fee compensation claim for a slip, trip or fall with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.

You are not alone

Injuries from poor lighting are relatively common and as such, are addressed in a specific section 8 of The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 (legislation.gov.uk).

Accidents and injuries arising from trailing wires, discarded rubbish or unmarked steps often result in claims for compensation. Slip and trip claims are particularly common examples, and such injury claims frequently have a greater chance of success if the accident has occurred in an badly lit environment.

Your solicitor can help you claim compensation for accidents related to inadequate lighting hazards, including those that occurred in unlit stairwells, dark storerooms and streets and roads with damaged street-lighting.

If you decide to make an inadequate lighting injury claim, your personal injury solicitor will take you through every step of the claims process. Your solicitor will be with you until you win your claim and get the compensation you need to move forward.

Do I qualify for inadequate lighting injury compensation?

You will usually be eligible to claim compensation if you have been injured in the following circumstances:

  • within the last 3 years, and;
  • another person was to blame, and;
  • that person owed you a duty of care.

Find out online if you can claim with our injury claim calculator. Alternatively, you can speak to a claims advisor on 0800 376 1001 and find out if you have a claim in minutes.

Can I claim if I feel I was partly to blame?

Identifying who is legally responsible for a claimant's injuries is not always obvious.

In our 2024 Public Liability Injury Claimant Survey, 17.45% of respondents felt they were at least partly responsible for their accident or injuries.

Even if you were partly at fault, you could still be able to claim compensation. 'Split liability' or 'contributory negligence' are terms used to describe these cases.

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Can I claim if I feel I was partly responsible for my accident?

How long do I have to make an inadequate lighting injury claim?

For most injury claims, you have up to 3 years from the date of your injury to start the claims process.

The 3 year limitation period does not apply to minors (under 18s). A parent, guardian or litigation friend can start a claim on a child's behalf up to their 18th birthday and the child has until their 21st birthday to claim for themselves.

How much compensation can I claim for an inadequate lighting injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

  • the seriousness of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injuries have affected your life. Your solicitor will take these considerations into account to calculate the correct compensation award.

Inadequate lighting injury compensation calculator

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General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College (judiciary.uk) and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?

Special damages

Special damages is compensation for quantifiable financial losses you've incurred as a result of your injury. Compensation can include lost wages, bonuses, benefits and other perks, and any additional expenses directly related to your injury.

These damages will also cover any medical or treatment bills, such as pain medication and psychological support.

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A complete list of recoverable losses in a personal injury claim

Poor lighting and injury claims

If an area is badly lit, steps, wires and other hazards can be harder to avoid. An area may be poorly lit due to a lack of lighting, poorly placed light fittings, or because light bulbs have blown and have not been replaced.

Inadequate lighting in a public place or in the workplace can make it easier to prove that a defendant was responsible for your accident. In order to win claim you may need to prove that the defendant has been negligent in failing to install and maintain adequate lighting.

A failure to install or regularly check on lighting may amount to a 'breach of duty of care'. It is necessary to establish who is responsible for keeping an area well lit to determine whether that party owed you a duty of care, and whether they can therefore be held liable for your injury.

If the accident was at work

Usually if the accident happened at work your employer will be found to be responsible. However, if they rent the office space it may be that the landlord they rent from is responsible for maintenance of lighting. This is more likely to be the case in common areas like stairwells and entryways.

If the accident was in a communal area

If you were injured as a result of a fall in a communal area - for example in the stairwell in a block of flats - the owner of the building may be responsible. The owner may outsource their maintenance duties to another company, a managing agent. In either case, failing to monitoring the state of the lighting and carrying out regular repairs may amount to negligence.

If the accident was in public

If you slipped or tripped due to poor lighting in a public place such as a street or subway, the local authority or council may be responsible. Your solicitor will be able to identify the responsible party and confirm how to proceed with a claim.

What happened?

The compensation claims process will depend on where and how your injury occurred. Click the icons below for more information:

No win, no fee inadequate lighting injury compensation claims

With no win, no fee, you can claim inadequate lighting injury compensation without financial risk. If your claim isn't successful, you pay nothing. If you win, you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of your compensation.

Find out more about how no win, no fee claims work

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Citations

Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

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Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher