Fall at Work Claim Solicitors
Have you had a fall at work and it wasn’t your fault? You may be eligible to make a fall at work claim for compensation.
Falls and slips are the most common cause of injuries in the workplace according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Sometimes these injuries occur due to someone else’s negligence or failure to comply with health and safety regulations.
Your employer should ensure that work is properly planned and risk assessments are carried out to reduce the risk of workers falling whilst working from height.
If you or your loved ones have been injured in a fall at work, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- your medical expenses,
- loss of earnings, and
- pain and suffering.
At Grieves Solicitors, we have a team of specialist compensation claim lawyers who are dedicated to helping you get the compensation you deserve. We work exclusively in the field of personal injury and have 75 years combined experience of such claims.
Our team has exceptional skills and expertise, and we will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you have a right.
With Grieves Solicitors, you can be confident you are in safe hands.
We generally handle all cases on a No Win No Fee injury claims basis. This means that we will not charge any legal fees if the your personal injury case is unsuccessful.
To speak to one of our specialist lawyers about an accident that was not your fault, call us now on for a no obligation chat on 0800 0747 644 to see if we can help. Alternatively, fill out our FREE online enquiry form.
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What is a Fall at Work Claim?
If you’ve fallen from height or slipped or fallen at work and it was not your fault, you can make claim for compensation against your employer’s liability insurance. If you were self employed at the time you can make a claim against the person’s liability insurance who was in control of you at the time or the landowner.. If you were injured by a fellow employee your employer is liable for your injuries.
Employers’ liability insurance is required by law. It is designed to cover medical expenses and lost wages for employees and compensate you for the pain and suffering you have experienced if you are injured on the job.
In order to make a fall at work claim, you’ll need to show that your injury was the result of a fall that occurred while you were working.
Common Causes of Fall Accidents at Work
Falls can occur in a wide variety of work environments, from construction sites to offices.
Some leading causes of falls at work include:
- Slippery or wet floors,
- Uneven surfaces,
- Lack of handrails,
- Obstacles in walkways,
- Poor lighting,
- Faulty work equipment or machinery.
Some slips, trips and falls are caused by the victim’s own error and misjudgement. But some are the result of another person’s negligence or inability to follow reasonable health and safety procedures.
The cause behind most incidents fall into one of the following categories:
- Wet Floors
- Falling from height
- Loose cables, scattered boxes and other trip hazards
- Uneven pavements
The effects of slips, trips and falls vary significantly in severity, varying from:
- Bone fractures,
- head injuries,
- Spinal damage,
- Ankle or wrist sprains,
- Fractured fingers and wrists,
- Twisted knees,
- Lacerations and open wounds,
- Burns and scalds,
- Fatal injuries.
Head injuries have the potential to cause brain injuries and can be life changing injuries.
Injury to the spine can cause irreversible damage to the spinal cord, resulting in permanent disability, prolonged pain and, in extreme cases, paralysis.
Brain injuries that are caused by slips, trips and falls are known as traumatic brain injuries. The effects of brain injury can be severe.
A brain haemorrhage is a type of brain injury that can be caused by a blow to the head, such as that sustained in a slip, trip or fall. Brain haemorrhages are characterised by severe bleeding in and around the brain and can be fatal.
Victims of brain haemorrhage that do survive are often left with severe damage to one or more parts of their brains.
How common are workplace injuries?
Slips, trips and falls in the workplace are extremely common, affecting more than 111,000 UK workers every year.
Almost every working environment is susceptible to these types of accidents. In some cases, it is simply due to the employees’ own negligence.
In many cases, however, poor working conditions or a failure to abide by health and safety regulations can result in employees injuring themselves due to a slip or trip at work.
Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show slips and trips as the single most common cause of injuries at work. They can account for over a third of all major work injuries.
It is estimated that these injuries cost employers over £512m a year in lost production and other costs.
Every employer has a legal and moral duty to ensure their employees are safe and protected at work under the General Health and Safety legislation.
Most importantly this ensures that all employers do everything they can to minimise the risks of potential hazards.
Steps to Take After a Fall at Work
If you have been injured in a slip, trip and fall at work, follow these steps:
- Report the accident to your employer as soon as possible.
- Seek medical attention for your injuries.
- Ensure you keep a record of all medical treatments and expenses related to your injury.
- File an accident at work compensation claim.
Read more in our free Guide to making an accident at work claim.
Making a fall at work accident claim
If you have suffered as a result of a fall at work, you could be entitled to take legal action.
The financial compensation awarded for your accident is intended to cover costs during your recovery, including:
- Rehabilitation charges,
- Medical costs,
- Loss of pay.
Additional compensation can also be awarded to compensate for long-term effects of a serious accident, including:
- your physical injury,
- psychological damages, and
- mental distress.
Keep in mind that in workplace injury cases, compensation is paid to reimburse innocent victims for the suffering they have wrongly endured.
How much Injury Compensation I get?
Payouts for slip, trip and fall claims typically range from as little as £500 to £115,000 or much more depending on the claimant’s personal circumstances.
To work out how much money you should be paid, the courts consider a number of factors, including:
- the extent of the your injuries, and
- the overall impact the accident has had on your life.
Your own financial circumstances will also be reviewed. If they have lost money because of the accident, this money will be reimbursed as part of your compensation package.
Working out how much compensation you are likely to receive can be tricky. However, our compensation calculator may be able to help. Like the courts, the calculator will consider your personal circumstances. It will then generate a compensation sum that reflects what you are likely to be entitled to.
Start your claim with Grieves Solicitors
Our specialist Slip, Trip and Fall team at Grieves Solicitors can help you claim financial compensation for the injuries you have suffered.
We will provide all the legal advice and guidance you need to ensure you receive the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries, helping you pay medical fees and any ongoing care costs.
We operate on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, which means you won’t pay a penny unless your claim is successful. Our legal fees are claimed from the opposing side’s insurers at the end of the process.
Our Slips, Trips and Fall Solicitors regularly act for clients across Yorkshire and now cover the whole of England and Wales.
Our team of experienced Personal Injury Accident Solicitors can support your needs wherever you live in England and Wales. We serve clients across the UK.
We understand that making a claim may seem daunting at first. But we are happy to talk over those queries or concerns with you to allay any fears you may have about bringing a compensation claim.
We are only too happy to help.
Call our Freephone 0800 0747 644. Alternatively, leave your details in the online enquiry form and we’ll call you back.
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“A big thank-you to all at Grieves for the help and support you have given me you have not only changed me and my Partner’s life but my little Girl’s too”.
The deadline for filing a fall at work claim is 3 years from the date of the accident. But if you were under 18 at the time of the accident then it is 3 years from your 18th Birthday.
There are also special rules if you did not have mental capacity at the time of your accident. This means that in accordance with s2 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 “a person lacks capacity in relation to a matter if at the material time he is unable to make a decision for themselves in relation to the matter because of an impairment of, or a disturbance in the functioning of, the mind or brain”.
Yes, you can. But you have to prove that your employer was legally liable for your accident because they failed to protect you from injury.
It may be that they did not provide you with appropriate equipment, such as a hard hat or harness.
They are required by law to risk assess your workplace and provide you with a safe system of work, training and safe equipment and co-workers.
So, if you fall because the ladder you fall from was defective, you may also have a claim against your employer for supplying defective equipment for you to work with.
By law, your employer should have employer’s liability insurance to cover them for any accident claims.
However, should you be sacked because of making a claim, you may be able to bring an unfair dismissal claim.