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

By Mark Reeves. Last Updated 9th August 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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Fall Claims – What Are Slip Trip And Fall Claims?

Our solicitors could help you to make slip, trip and fall claims. A slip, trip or fall could happen anywhere, from an office to a supermarket to a restaurant. A personal injury claim provides an opportunity for you to potentially receive compensation after an accident.

If your claim succeeds, the amount of compensation that you receive will partly depend on how much suffering you’ve endured, physically and/or psychologically. Injuries from a slip, trip or fall could include sprains, strains and bone fractures. On a severe level, you could potentially suffer life-changing injuries such as paralysis. Our solicitors could arrange for an independent medical evaluation so a medical professional can confirm the full extent of your injuries as part of your claim.

For fall claims to succeed, you must prove a third party’s negligence was the cause. This means proving that their failure to maintain your safety resulted in a hazard, which directly caused the accident and your injuries. A wet floor from a spillage that isn’t sufficiently cleaned in due time is one example of a preventable hazard.

To achieve this, you must produce evidence, which could include CCTV footage, photographs and medical test results. Our solicitors can help you gather evidence for your claim for a fall, slip or trip. Continue reading to learn more or get in touch with us.

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

Accident at workdays lost statistics graph

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.

What Is The Average Payout For a Slip and Fall In The UK?

Slip and fall compensation amounts can be determined by many different factors, including:

  • The extent of the injury
  • If any permanent side effects were caused
  • How badly the injury has negatively impacted your life

The Judicial College Guidelines can provide a clearer picture of the potential general damages compensation you could receive from slip, trip and fall claims. These figures have been taken from the latest guidelines, published in April 2022. However, please remember that these figures are not guarantees, as every claim is unique, and they only apply to injuries sustained in England and Wales.

Quadriplegia£324,600 to £403,990
Also, known as Tetraplegia
Brain damage (Very Severe)£282,010 to £403,990
Brain damage (moderately severe)£219,070 to £282,010Including brain damage causing partial paralysis.
Brain damage (moderate)£43,060 to £219,070Driven by considerations such as effect upon concentration, cognitive ability, memory and senses (sight, hearing etc.)
Brain damage (less severe)£15,320 to £43,060
Brain damage/head injury (minor)£2,210 to £12,770
Foot injuriesUp to £201,490Depending on severity. The most severe injury in this bracket relates to both feet being amputated.
Back injury (severe)£38,780 to £160,980Dependent on ongoing pain, severity of initial damage and long-term side effects.
Back injury (moderate)£12,510 to £38,780Dependent on ongoing pain, severity of initial damage.
Back injury (minor)Up to £12,510
Neck injury (severe)£45,470 to the region of £148,330Dependent upon severity of break, plus ongoing pain and permanent side effects.
Neck injury (moderate)£7,890 to £38,490Dependent upon actual neck damage suffered and loss of motor movement plus ongoing pain.
Neck injury (minor)Up to £7,890
Leg injuriesUp to £135,920Depending upon severity
Knee injuriesUp to £96,210Depending on severity
Complete loss of function in wrist£47,620 to £59,860
Damage to jaw bone (serious fracture)£17,960 to £45,540
Damage to jaw bone (simple fracture)£6,460 to £8,730
Damage to cheek bone (serious fracture)£10,200 to £15,780
Damage to cheek bone (simple fracture)£2,320 to £6,460
Loss or damage to several front teeth£8,730 to £11,410
Loss or damage to one tooth£1,090 to £3,950

The above table covers some of the injuries that you could claim for in slip and trip claims. Your potential compensation could also be made up of special damages compensation. This relates to any losses of a financial nature that were caused by the injury. You would need evidence, such as invoices and bank statements, to be able to claim for these as you need to prove the value of the losses.

If you would like to know more about claiming or want to see if you’re eligible, please contact us for free using the above details. We can determine in one phone call if you can claim and can even transfer you to an experienced, specialised solicitor from our panel who could help you receive compensation.

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.

Start A Slip Trip Claim Today

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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