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How Much Compensation Can I Claim for a Slip Trip or Fall Claim?

By Daniel Archer. Last Updated 9th May 2022. Welcome to our guide on claiming compensation for a slip trip or fall. One of the most common types of accidents that we successfully make a compensation claim for on behalf of our clients is what is termed a “slip trip” accident. The name is pretty self-explanatory; a slip trip accident occurs when the person claiming compensation has suffered an injury by slipping or tripping whilst at work or due to some form of obstacle in a public place.

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This kind of accident can haove very grave health side effects, including serious long-term chronic back injury, sometimes manifesting far into the future after the initial accident took place. Therefore, if you are involved in a slip trip accident, no matter how trivial you think it was, you really should consider making a compensation claim. If you do not, and it turns out the accident results in health problems further down the line, it will be much harder to press a compensation claim at a late stage. So, claim now.

Many people fail to seek compensation after a slip trip accident, as they do not realise they can. Imagine if you trip in the street. It’s just a random accident, right? Wrong. If you tripped over something that shouldn’t have been there, such as a badly repaired paving stone, some rubbish left on the pavement or some other type of obstruction, somebody is responsible. Therefore, there is somebody against whom you could file a claim of compensation for a slip trip or fall. And we can help you do this, we handle hundreds of slip trip cases every year, and we are sure that we can assist you in successfully claiming any compensation you may be entitled to.

A Guide to Slip Trip or Fall Compensation Claims

As part of our service for helping people claim compensation for a slip trip accident, we offer an entirely free legal consultation session. We use this session to gather all of the key facts about your slip trip accident. We need these facts to offer you the best advice on how to proceed with your compensation claim. Forearmed is forewarned, as they say, and with an accurate and honest idea of how your accident happened, we have a better chance of successfully winning compensation on your behalf.

Even though many slip trip claims result from a fairly slight accident, we understand that it is still a traumatic event regardless of the level of pain you have suffered. So, we always try and make this fact-finding session as straightforward as possible. We then evaluate your unique situation and offer you free legal advice on what to do next. We may then take on your slip trip accident compensation claim with our No Win No Fee solicitors in most cases. You have nothing to pay unless you win.

It’s virtually impossible to estimate how much compensation might be claimable at this stage. Each case is different. Rest assured that we will let you know as soon as we receive some indication of how much compensation for a fall, slip, or trip you may be entitled to.

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What is a Slip Trip or Fall Accident Claim?

Slips and trips are among the most common types of accidents that can result in a successful compensation claim. Most of these types of accidents take place either at work or in a public place. Health problems resulting from a slip trip accident can range from simple bruises and sprains to fractures, serious back injuries, partial paralysis and even death in extreme cases.

Fall, slip and trip claims can be tricky. Depending on where such accidents occur, it can be very difficult to procure a significant level of evidence and establish just who is to blame. However, this is something we may be able to advise on.

Most slip accidents occur in the workplace. Usually, when the floor is still wet or has been made slippery due to some spillage. In many cases, this can be due to negligence on the part of the employer. Employers are responsible for making sure that potentially dangerous areas such as wet floors are clearly marked with signs. Slipping on a wet floor accidents are one of the most common. If they have failed to do this, then there is a clear case of negligence that could result in a successful claim for compensation for a slip trip accident.

Slip accidents in a public place, especially on the pavement, are much less clear cut. Weather conditions such as rain, ice and snow are the single most common cause of slip accidents, and in many cases, nobody is responsible for the accident. It can be very hard to prove negligence on the part of the local council. Slips that happen in public places owned by companies such as supermarkets and shopping malls are easier to claim for, as these companies are required to maintain a safe environment for the public.

Are slips, trips or falls easier to claim for?

Tripping accidents are generally easier to press a compensation claim for. This is because, for somebody to trip, there must be something for them to trip over. This something is always owned by somebody. For example, if you trip by placing your foot in a pothole on the pavement, the local council are likely to blame, as it is their responsibility to maintain the public footpath. If things like potholes and broken paving stones are not fixed immediately, they are supposed to be roped off and signposted with warning signs.

Put simply, if you slip or trip in a place that some other legal entity such as the local council, a private company or your employer is responsible for maintaining, you may have cause to sue for compensation. Slip trip accidents are one of the most complex types of accidents to clarify. So even if you believe nobody is at fault, you need to contact us to make sure. You might be entitled to compensation for a slip trip or fall.

Who holds liability for a slip, trip or fall accident?

This tends to be the owner or operator of the land in which you’re hurt. For instance, if you’re hurt in a public place such as a restaurant, the owner should hold liability. Even if they weren’t specifically responsible, it is their property, and they and/or their staff didn’t take the necessary steps to prevent potential injuries. Read on for further details.

What types of injuries are common from slips and trips?

Common injuries from slip trip and fall accidents include fractures and dislocation of joints like the shoulder or knee.  Usually, fractures will affect the ankle or wrist, but fractures to other bones like fingers can also occur. 

No Win No Fee Slip Trip or Fall Compensation Claims

Attempting to claim compensation for a slip trip accident can be time-consuming. It can also be costly due to ongoing legal fees across the lifecycle of the claim.

For people who are off work due to injuries sustained due to the accident, finding these legal fees may be problematic. If you are already struggling to make ends meet due to loss of earnings, it is unlikely you will have the cash on hand to pay a personal injury lawyer’s fees. So, we have come up with a way to help people in this situation. We can arrange to attempt to claim compensation on your behalf under what is known as a No Win No Fee agreement. In simplistic terms, this means that you don’t pay any legal fees at all whilst your claim is being made. If we don’t manage to successfully claim compensation for you, we won’t charge you a thing. If we make a successful claim on your behalf, we take our fee directly out of your compensation.

This type of agreement is also sometimes referred to as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). Such an agreement can allow people who are limited on cash to gain access to the legal skills needed to make a claim. If we offer one of our No Win No Fee solicitors to support your claim, you don’t need to worry about paying fees upfront or accepting a huge legal fee later. If your claim is successful, the solicitor will take a legally capped percentage of your compensation as payment. You won’t have to pay your solicitor’s legal fees before the case concludes or if it ultimately doesn’t succeed. You don’t pay a thing until the moment you receive your fall, trip or slip compensation.

Who Can Sue for a Slip Trip or Fall Compensation Claim?

There are two types of people who can successfully claim compensation for a slip trip accident. The actual person to whom the accident happened and the family or relatives of the person the accident happened to.

In the first case, it is obvious that the injured person has a right to make a compensation claim. However, if the accident resulted in serious injuries such as brain damage or paralysis that prevents the person from making a claim, or if the slip trip accident resulted in death, dependents and family members will have cause to make a claim. When the accident resulted in death, it may well be that a fatal accident or wrongful death compensation claim will be made instead.

When you or a loved one have been injured in a slip trip accident, the time limit to make a personal injury claim is three years from the accident. But there’s no need to delay, and if you are looking to pursue compensation, it’s best to start your claim sooner rather than later.

What Types of Circumstances Can Cause Slip Trip or Fall Claims?

There are three main categories of circumstances that can result in a person suffering a slip trip accident that can successfully claim compensation. These are accidents that occur in a public place that the local authority or council is responsible for maintaining, accidents that occur in a public place that a company is responsible for maintaining, and accidents at work.

Please read on for more information on what kinds of accidents can result in a claim for compensation for a slip trip or fall.

Slip Trips or Fall in a Public Place or Against the Local Council

The local council is responsible for maintaining all public thoroughfares (excluding some public footpaths crossing wildland) to a safe standard. Therefore, if a slip trip accident occurs due to the council not fulfilling this responsibility or failing to warn of hazards, then a compensation claim may be possible. Examples of slip trip accidents the council may be responsible for include:

  • Cracked or badly set paving stones and curbstones.
  • Loose paving stones or curbstones.
  • Defecting pavements that result in an obstruction sticking up from the footpath.
  • Potholes and dips in the pavement.
  • Wires or other items obstructing the pavement.

You may be owed compensation for a slip trip accident caused by any of the above; to find out more, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

Slip Trips or Fall in a Retail Store or Supermarket

Retail shops, supermarkets, and shopping malls have a responsibility to maintain a safe environment for the public at all times. This responsibility extends to areas such as the car park as well. So, if a slip trip accident occurs in a public place that a retail company maintains, then a compensation claim may be possible. Examples of slip trip accidents in this category include:

  • Spillages that obstruct the thoroughfare.
  • Food that has been dropped on the floor.
  • A liquid that has been spilt on the floor.
  • Wet floors that have been cleaned and are not yet dry before being opened to the public.
  • Defects in pavements, floor coverings, and floor tiles.
  • Uneven surfaces.

Slip Trip or Fall Accidents in the Workplace

Under the National Health and Safety Standards, every company is required to maintain a safe place for its employees to work. They also have a responsibility to educate their workforce in health and safety requirements and regularly audit staff health and safety performance. Therefore, if a slip trip accident occurs at work due to any failure of the health and safety protocol that the company is required to maintain, then a claim of compensation for a slip trip accident could be possible.

Examples of slip trip and fall accidents at work include:

  • Tools or equipment left on the floor, causing an obstruction.
  • Materials or partially completed workpieces left on the floor, causing an obstruction.
  • Wet floors.
  • Oil or other liquids spilt on the floor.
  • Icy floors that have not been clearly marked as a hazard.
  • Uneven surfaces and other defects with the floor surface.
  • Loose or badly fitting slabs or tiles.

Information released by HSE related to days lost for self-reported injury in work by kind of accident shows that slips, trips and falls account for one of the highest numbers of days lost for workers in Great Britain. Hence compensation for slips trips and falls being significant overall.

Accident at work days lost statistics graph

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How to Make a Claim for a Slip or Trip or Fall

Claiming any slip and trip accident is never an enjoyable event, even if you have suffered a fairly trivial accident with minimal pain. Even the smallest slip trip accident can cause significant levels of mental trauma. So, we always make sure that when a person comes to us to make a new compensation claim, the entire process is as simple and pain-free as possible.

When considering making a new compensation claim following a slip trip accident, the very first thing you need when considering making a new compensation claim following a slip trip accident is some good legal advice. This is where we come in. We offer a completely free of charge legal counselling session so that we can offer you the best advice in pressing your claim for compensation for a slip trip accident.

As part of this initial free legal consultation, we will ask you several questions in an attempt to discern just who is responsible for the accident and who could potentially be liable for damages. This will include questions such as:

  • How did the accident actually happen?
  • Where were you when the accident happened?
  • Did you do anything that may have caused the accident?
  • Have you suffered any injuries that are a direct result of the accident?
  • Have you had to take time off work due to the accident?

Once we have all the answers we need to these types of questions, we will be in a position to offer you some free advice on what you should do next. Our specialist solicitors will likely offer to represent you in your compensation claim on a No Win No Fee basis.

What Can I Claim for a Slip Trip or Fall Claim?

Just what and how much you can claim as compensation for a slip trip or fall injury will depend entirely upon the individual circumstances of your accident. However, typically you will be able to claim compensation for:

  • General damages – pain and hardship, mental anguish and other general damages.
  • Care costs – if you need help, assistance or care as a result of your accident.
  • Medical expenses – for any costs of medical treatments incurred as a direct result of your accident.
  • Travel expenses – incurred as a direct result of your accident.
  • Loss of earnings – if you are unable to work after your accident.

Slip Trip or Fall Compensation Amounts

It is very difficult to estimate the average payout for slip and fall in the UK claims. However, the table below shows some compensation brackets based on the Judicial College Guidelines. Solicitors may use these guidelines to help with working out the value of your compensation claim. These brackets do not include estimates for loss of earnings, as this will always be calculated on a case by case basis.

Damage to cheek bone (simple fracture)£2,180 - £6,060
Damage to cheek bone (serious fracture)£9,570 - £14,810
Damage to jaw bone (simple fracture)£6,060 - £8,200
Damage to jaw bone (serious fracture)£16,860 - £42,730
Loss or damage to one toothUp to £3,710
Loss or damage of several teethUp to £10,710
Minor fracture to wrist or arm£3,310 - £4,450
Major fracture to wrist or armUp to £56,180
Quadriplegia£304,630 - £379,100Also, known as Tetraplegia
Brain damage/head injury (minor)£2,070 - £11,980
Brain damage (less severe)£14,380 - £40,410
Brain damage (moderate)£40,410 - £205,580Driven by considerations such as effect upon concentration, cognitive ability, memory and senses (sight, hearing etc.)
Brain damage (moderately severe)£205,580 - £264,650Including brain damage causing partial paralysis.
Bran damage (severe)£264,650 - £379,100
Neck injury (minor)Up to £7,410
Neck injury (moderate)£7,410 - £36,120Dependent upon actual neck damage suffered and loss of motor movement plus ongoing pain.
Neck injury (severe)£52,540 - £139,210Dependent upon severity of break, plus ongoing pain and permanent side effects.
Back injury (minor)Up to £11,730
Back injury (moderate)£11,730 - £36,390Dependent on ongoing pain, severity of initial damage.
Back injury (severe)£36,390 - £151,070Dependent on ongoing pain, severity of initial damage and long-term side effects.
Leg injuries£2,300 - £127,530Depending upon severity
Knee injuries£12,900 - £90,290Depending on severity
Foot injuries£12,900 - £65,710Depending on severity

This table covers just some of the injuries people may suffer due to a slip trip accident. Injuries to other parts of the body or serious injuries such as paralysis are judged case by case. Ongoing long-term injuries such as chronic back injury are more complex in their nature. They need to be factored into the overall compensation claim as ongoing loss of earnings.

More payouts for slips and falls

When investigating the average payout for a slip and fall claim, you may come across the term special damages. This figure can be awarded to compensate you for financial losses that you experience due to your injuries.

Special damages differ from general damages. General damages are awarded in accordance with how your physical and mental injuries have impacted you. The examples in the table above relate to general damages.

However, special damages can be awarded for a variety of expenditures and losses related to your injury. Below, we have included some examples of what could be included as a special damages payment in slip and fall claims.

  • Loss of earnings – For instance, if your injuries are serious enough, you may need time off work to recover and your ability to earn may be compromised as a result. If so, then the wages you could have earned over this period may be included in your compensation payout.
  • Medical expenses – Prescription costs and other treatments can fall under this category. If you receive private healthcare, then the treatment generally needs to have been unavailable on the NHS in order to claim the cost back as part of your claim.
  • Other costs – If you have spent money on holidays or other excursions and are now unable to partake in them due to your injuries, the cost of them may be reimbursed to you.

There are other expenses that can also be included in slip and fall compensation amounts. If you have any questions about what may be awarded to you as part of your claim, we encourage you to get in touch. Our advisors are ready and waiting 24/7 to answer any questions you have.

Why Choose Us as Your Claims Service?

Our stated mission is to ensure that everyone who suffers a fall, slip or trip accident, regardless of their ability to meet legal costs, will always have access to the legal advice and representations they need when they need it. We are entirely committed to providing an exceptional customer experience. The needs of our clients are always the driving factor behind everything we do.

When you come to us to help you make a slip trip accident compensation claim, we will always consider every facet of your situation. We need to be prepared, so we will always ask you every question we need to be answered to give you the very best possible legal advice.

Every claim for slip trip accident compensation is different. Each claim is affected by a wide range of factors. Because of this, we approach every case as something new despite years of experience in personal injury claims. We don’t make assumptions, and we won’t make promises we can’t keep. Every client is valuable to us, and we treat each with respect and honesty whilst attempting to get them the highest amount of compensation for a slip trip or fall possible.

Because our fee is often tied into the results of your compensation claim, you can rest assured we will always consider every angle and attempt to negotiate for the very most we can on your behalf.

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If you have recently been the victim of a slip trip accident in a public place or at work, then you need to think about claiming compensation. Even if you do not believe any third party to be at fault, you may still have the right to claim compensation based on the responsibility of third parties to maintain safe public areas.

If you contact us, we will happily set up a completely free legal consultation session and evaluate your accident. If we believe you have a valid reason to claim compensation for a slip trip accident against the local government, a private company or your employer, we can help you make that claim quickly and easily.

Slip Trip and Fall FAQs

What can cause slips trips and falls? 

Several different factors can increase the risk of slips trips and falls. Spills or other contaminants that haven’t been cleaned up can cause someone to slip or trip. Slipping can also be caused by unsuitable footwear or uneven surfaces. Walkways should be well-lit and free of obstructions to reduce the risk of tripping.

Can I claim compensation for a fall? 

The short answer is, yes, you can claim compensation after a fall. In reality, whether your claim is successful and how much you’ll receive depends on several factors. Whether you’ve suffered a fall at work or in a public place, you’ll need to prove that someone else’s negligence caused the accident. You’ll also need to show that you’ve sustained injuries because of the accident that you didn’t already suffer from before it happened.

What can you claim compensation for?

When you claim personal injury compensation for a slip trip or fall accident, your settlement will cover you for two kids of damages. General damages will cover the pain, suffering and stress that your accident, and the injuries that resulted, have caused you. Special damages are the part of the claim that will cover you for anything you’ve lost out on because of your injuries. This could include the time you’ve had to take off work or treatment that you’ve needed to pay for yourself. You must keep receipts and invoices for any expenses you’ve incurred, as you’ll need proof for it to be covered by your settlement.

How long does a slip and fall claim take?

It could take anything from a few months to a few years for the case to receive a complete resolution.

What is a good settlement offer?

This is an offer that sits between the claimant’s expectations and what the defendant can afford.

Are slip and fall cases hard to win?

These types of cases can be more difficult to win because it’s harder to provide evidence of the negligence of the land occupier.

What happens if I reject a settlement offer?

If you do this, you can’t accept that offer again later, but you could accept a follow-up offer.

How is a settlement paid out?

This can come as one lump sum or as a series of timed payments depending on the nature of the settlement agreement.

How much compensation for a fall?

The amount of compensation which may be offered for a slip, trip or fall caused by another party’s negligence can vary a lot. Factors such as what injuries are caused by the accident, how severe they are and the financial impact can all influence the final compensation payment. That makes it difficult to give a figure for the average payout for a slip and fall in the UK.

What is the difference between a slip, trip and fall?

When discussing accidents which you may claim for, a fall is usually the result of a slip or a trip. A slip may occur when someone walks on a wet or slippery surface. A trip usually occurs when someone stumbles on an object or uneven flooring.

What is the biggest cause of slip accidents?

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has what it refers to as a slip potential model which identifies several factors that can lead to a slip accident in a workplace or other environments. These include contaminations, cleaning (or lack thereof), how people deal with spillages, the flooring, environmental factors and whether or not slip-resistant footwear is used by people in a particular area.

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