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Box Slip, Trip, Fall At Work – Can I Claim Compensation?

By Danielle Jordan. Last updated 17th July 2023. This guide will provide you with information about slip, trip and fall claims. If you suffered an injury while at work, because your employer breached their duty of care, you might be entitled to compensation. However, specific claiming requirements apply. We explain when you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim as we move through this guide.

Additionally, we explore the duty of care employers have with regard to the safety and wellbeing of their employees in the workplace, and how a slip, trip and fall could occur if this isn’t upheld. Also, this guide looks at a few examples of the injuries you might sustain in this type of accident as well as how much compensation that might be awarded to address the way your injuries have impacted you.

If you are eligible to make a claim following an injury in the workplace, you may wish to have the support of a solicitor. This guide concludes by looking at the benefits of having a No Win No Fee solicitor to work on your claim.

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Who Can Make A Box Slip, Trip And Fall At Work Claim?

In order to make an accident at work claim, you must be able to prove that you meet the eligibility criteria. This is as follows:

  • You must prove that your employer owed you a duty of care.
  • They breached this duty.
  • You suffered injuries due to this breach.

Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA), your employer owes you a duty of care. This means they must take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of their employees.

Furthermore, employers must adhere to the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. Section 12 states that they must ensure the floors are in good condition and free from obstructions to allow people to move around safely.

To be eligible to seek personal injury compensation, you must be able to prove that it was this duty that was breached and that is how you were injured. This can constitute negligence.

If you think you might be eligible to claim for injuries you sustained in an accident at work, get in touch with our advisors. One of the advisors from our team can assess the potential of your claim and if it’s valid, you could be put in touch with one of our No Win No Fee solicitors.

Injuries Caused By Falls At Work

If you fell because of a box, you could suffer various injuries. If the hazard causes you to fall down the stairs or from a height, you may suffer more serious injuries. Below are examples of injuries you may experience.

  • Head injuries, such as a concussion or traumatic brain injury. Severe head injuries can cause permanent brain damage.
  • You could suffer a back injury or spinal injury if you fall backwards. Spinal injuries can cause life-long disabilities.
  • If you fall forwards, you may put out your hand to break your fall. Therefore you could suffer serious hand injuries or a broken wrist at work.
  • Likewise, you could experience a broken leg, knee or ankle injury.
  • Cuts, grazes, and other wounds can lead to infections if they are not treated properly.
  • If the box contains hazardous materials, you may suffer skin irritation, chemical burns or other injuries.

How To Claim For A Slip Or Trip Fall At Work

If a box slip, trip or fall at work injured you, you could claim compensation if you have adequate evidence to prove you meet the right criteria. Evidence which may be taken to support your claim can include the following:

  • Receipts for purchases you made relating to your injuries
  • Photographs of your injuries
  • Photographs of the box or debris that caused the injuries
  • CCTV footage of the accident
  • Your medical records and a medical report by a physician
  • Witnesses to the accident
  • The entry into your workplace’s accident book

You will also need to be within the personal injury claims time limit to make your claim. Under the Limitation Act 1980, the time limit is normally 3 years from the date of the accident or the date you became aware of your injuries.

Please get in touch with Legal Expert today to see if you are owed compensation for injuries caused by a fall at work. A claims specialist can assess your claim and assign a lawyer to work on your case if you are eligible to claim.

Payouts For A Box Slip, Trip Or Fall At Work Claim

If you make a successful claim for a workplace injury, you could be awarded up to two types of compensation. Firstly, you could receive a general damage payment. This payment will reflect your injuries’ impact on your overall quality of life and the physical and mental harm caused.

InjuriesPayout - JC GuidelinesNotes
Brain And Head Injury - Moderately Severe£219,070 to £282,010An injury which results in a serious degree of disability. The person could be left with cognitive problems or limb paralysis.
Brain And Head Injury - Moderate i£150,110 to £219,070The person has suffered personality alterations as well as an intellectual deficit. Significant risk of epilepsy.
Hand Injury - Serious E£29,000 to £61,910Hand injuries, reducing the usefulness of the hand by half.
Hand Injuries - Thumb Injuries V £6,340 to £7,780Severe soft tissue injury or dislocation.
Foot Injuries - Serious E£24,990 to £39,200The foot injury causes continuing pain. There could also be the risk of arthritis in the future or the presence of traumatic arthritis.
Foot Injuries - Moderate F£13,740 to £24,990A displaced metatarsal fracture leads to a deformed foot.
Wrist Injury - B£24,500 to £39,170Wrist injuries causing permanent, significant disabilities.
Elbow Injuries - Less Severe B£15,650 to £32,010Elbow injuries impairing the function of the joint. The person does not need major surgery.
Knee Injuries - Moderate B i£14,840 to £26,190Dislocated knee joints, torn cartilage or similar injuries leading to instability.
Knee Injuries - Moderate B iiUp to £13,740Lacerations, twisting injuries or bruising.

The compensation brackets in the table are based on 16th edition Judicial College guidelines. Solicitors use the JCG to value general damage compensation payouts. However, if your claim succeeds, the amount you receive may differ. For an accurate valuation, please call our team.

Special Damages

You could also receive special damages. These are compensation payments to cover the expenses associated with your injuries, such as medical or travel costs.

Start A No Win No Fee Claim

Why not opt to work with a No Win No Fee solicitor? You could receive the following benefits:

  • You won’t pay an upfront solicitor’s fee.
  • You will instead pay a success fee if you receive compensation for your injuries.
  • Under The Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013, the success fee is capped. So, the majority of the compensation payment goes to you.

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Learn More About Claiming For Trips And Falls At Work

The following information may be helpful if you want to claim compensation for injuries caused by a fall at work.

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