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Workplace Slip, Trip & Fall Accidents

Whether you were injured due to falling on a wet floor or tripping over an object- slip, trip, and fall accidents are some of the more common types of personal injury claims based in the workplace.

If you’ve been injured due to a slip, trip or fall while at work then you could be able to claim compensation. To claim your slip, trip or fall accident should have occurred within the last 3 years.

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Accidents in the Workplace

While most employees do not face injury while in their specific workplace, unfortunately, there is always the chance of experiencing an accident wherever you are in the world. Certain jobs will carry different risks to others – factory workers are more likely to suffer an injury relating to heavy machinery than an office worker for example. Whether you work on a building site, in a supermarket or an office – you deserve to be protected while at work.

The Responsibilities of your Employer

For the 2018/2019 Health and Safety Executive report about non-fatal workplace injuries in Great Britain, 29% of all accidents that occurred were slip, trip, or fall accidents – the highest out of all percentage categories. Your employer must abide by health and safety regulations to help ensure that none of their employees incur injury. If you have suffered an injury while on the job, then you may be able to claim compensation.

Your employer should also provide you with health and safety training and any other training that is related to your job role. If this training has not been properly provided or if other negligent behaviour on the part of your employer or another member of staff has caused you to suffer an injury, then you could be eligible to claim compensation.

Steps To Take After A Slip, Trip or Fall At Work

There are many different reasons why you might have fallen at work, such as a slippery floor, an uneven staircase or carpet tears. No matter the exact cause of your accident, if it was the fault of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to claim compensation. If you would like to pursue a personal injury case, there are certain steps that you can take which can increase the likelihood of success.

Seek Medical Attention

The most important step to take is to seek medical attention. You should ask a colleague who is trained in first aid to help you or if your injuries are more serious, you should visit the hospital. Symptoms for certain injuries can appear days or even weeks after your initial accident. If you feel like you are in any pain or discomfort after your accident, no matter how much later it is than the initial date of the incident, you should visit a medical professional.

Seeking medical attention helps to ensure that you are safe and can recover without getting worse. It also helps to create a record of your injuries which can later be used as evidence.

Report The Accident

You should report your slip and fall accident as soon as possible to your work manager or supervisor. They need to be aware of what has happened so that your accident can be recorded and so that no one else gets hurt.

Your manager or supervisor should prompt you to record the accident in the work accident book. However, if they fail to do so you should seek to do it yourself, asking them where it is if necessary. You should record the accident in this book in as much detail as possible.

It is a legal requirement for every organisation to have a work accident book on site, so you should be able to record the accident shortly after it occurred. If you are unable to record the incident in the accident book for some reason, you should send an email to a supervisor outlining what has happened. This email can also serve as a written record.

Take Photographs

You should take photographic evidence of the accident scene and of your injuries if possible. For example, if you fell because a portion of the floor was uneven, you should use a ruler to highlight this discrepancy and take a picture of it. By collecting photographs, you can easily highlight what the cause of the accident was, so it is harder for your employers to shirk responsibility for the accident if they were so inclined. If you cannot take the photographs of the accident scene or of your injuries yourself, you should ask a trusted colleague to do this for you.

Speak To Witnesses

If any of your colleagues witnessed your fall at work accident, you should ask them if they would be happy to come forward and provide witnesses statements. Some of your colleagues may feel uncomfortable doing so but many people will be happy to help as they understand that by speaking out it can help to prevent similar accidents happening in the future.

Keep a Record

You should record your own account of the accident in a journal. Furthermore, you should continue to record any feelings or thoughts that you have regarding the accident or your pain levels going forward. These records should include any developing symptoms or pain levels which relate to your accident caused injuries. This can help to clarify the extent of your pain and suffering, which can ensure that you get the right amount of compensation.

Amount of Compensation

All personal injury cases are unique and so the amount of compensation that is awarded in each case is also unique. Compensation is understood by looking at two specific factors: general damages and special damages.

GENERAL DAMAGES

The pain and suffering that your injuries have caused are main factors that are used to determine how much general damage compensation you are owed. This will usually be determined by undergoing a medical examination, from which a report is created that highlights the length of time the injuries will take to heal as well as their severity. Our compensation calculator will give you an indication of how much general damage compensation you might be entitled to based upon your injuries.

SPECIAL DAMAGES

In addition to receiving compensation for your injuries, you may be able to reclaim any financial losses that you might have suffered as a result of your injuries. Compensation for financial losses is known as special damages compensation. This can include losses such as loss of earnings due to not being able to return to work, the cost of treatment as well as travel to treatment. It is important that you keep any receipts or evidence of additional losses in order for these to be reclaimed.

With the exception of children, there is a three-year time limit on making a personal injury claim. This time limit begins from the date that the accident initially occurred. Therefore, you should contact a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible to assess your case.