Slips Trips and Falls Claims
It may not seem like a serious injury subject matter, however an estimated 646 000 workers had an accident at work in 2012/13 – 231 000 of these injuries led to over 3 days absence from work and 175 000 to over 7 days (LFS) (Source).
Depending on how you fall, your injuries can range from a minor scratch, bump or bruise to a serious head injury.
We do believe in the “prevention is better than cure” approach not only to slips, trips and falls, but to all types of injury if and where possible, however these types of injuries are sometimes unavoidable.
We only hope that no serious injury happens to you from a slip trip or fall, be it at work or anywhere else.
Causes of Slips Trips and Falls
Slips, Trips and Falls are amongst the most common types of injury here in the UK. They can occur in a variety of places such as at work, supermarkets, on the pavement etc. The most common causes of STFs are:
- Walking Surfaces – These account for around 55% and usually happen when a surface (such as a shop floor) is wet and slippy.
- Footwear – This accounts for around 24% and usually happens when the soles of the shoes are not grippy enough and you slip.
- Hazard Warnings – These account for around 10%. The typical scenario is when a shop floor has been cleaning and a hazard sign has not been put out which leads to a slip and fall.
- Training – This accounts for around 8%
- Fraud – This accounts for around 3%
The most common places to sustain an injury from a slip, trip or fall (STF) are at a supermarket or shop, a public place/pavement and at work. Examples include:
- Floors that have spillages on them and are left wet and slippy with no hazard signs on display.
- Public pavements/walkways that have not been well maintained and have raised surfaces and potholes which can cause a trip and injury.
- Walkways at work that have equipment, wires etc laying around which can cause a trip resulting in an injury.
All these types of STFs are non fault accidents that can result in injuries such as sprained/broken ankles etc.
They are caused by negligence from the other party, be it a company that did not warn you of the surface being wet, or the council for not maintaining the public roads and walkways well enough.
Can I Claim Compensation?
Yes you can if you were not at fault. STF claims have been known to be a bit trickier when it comes to establishing liability due to the “ease of manipulation” when it comes to finding fault.
This is the reason our clients choose us as we carefully investigate and find who is at fault which is why we win compensation for our clients.
A STF is a Personal Injury Claim so depending on where you slip, trip or fall will determine who the liability lies with.
For example, if your injury was caused by tripping and falling over a pothole on the pavement which was badly maintained by the council, it is the council who will be liable for this injury claim.
However, if your trip was by an object left on the pavement that was owned by a tenant, you will then not be able to claim against the council, unless there was proof that the item was council-owned.
Otherwise the claim would have to be against the tenant which depending on the tenant’s insurance status, may not be worth while.
Similarly, if you had a STF at work, and it resulted in an accident, the claim would be made against your employer which would be classed as an accident at work.
If you have sustained any injuries from a STF and want to claim for compensation, contact Personal Injury Solicitors Manchester using the form provided or call us on 0161 82 11 229. We will fight for the compensation you deserve.
- Head Injury – Information on claiming compensation because of a non fault accident that resulted in a head injury.
- Spinal Cord Injury – Information on making a spinal and spinal cord injury claim for compensation.
- Accidents at Work Claims – Information on the types of accidents that can occur at work and how to make a claim for compensation.