How Much Compensation Can I Claim for a Slip Trip or Fall Claim?
By Mark Ainsdale. Last Updated 26th March 2021. 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.
This kind of accident can have 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 simply 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 to pursue a compensation claim against. 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 so that we can 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 are the result of 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 simple and straightforward as possible. We then evaluate your unique situation and offer you free legal advice on what to do next. In most cases, we will be willing to take on your slip trip accident compensation claim as a No Win No Fee agreement. You have nothing to pay unless you win.
Something we need to point out right here, though, is that it is almost impossible to make an estimate of how much compensation might be claimable at this stage. Each case is different. We won’t be able to tell you how much you might get until we have moved your slip trip accident compensation claim forward. Rest assured that as soon as we receive some indication of how much you may be entitled to, we will let you know.
Select a Section
- What is a slip trip or fall accident compensation claim?
- How does a No Win No Fee slip trip or fall compensation claim work?
- Who can successfully sue for a slip trip or fall accident?
- What types of slip trip or fall accidents can I make a compensation claim for?
- Slip trip or fall accidents in a council managed public place.
- Slip trip or fall accidents in a retail store.
- Slip trip or fall accidents in the workplace.
- How to successfully make a slip trip or fall compensation claim.
- What can be claimed for after a slip trip or fall accident?
- Slip Trip or fall claim compensation amounts.
- Why choose us as your solicitor to help you claim slip trip or fall accident compensation?
Slips and trips are one of 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. Although they can be quite trivial accidents, they can also be much more serious. Health problems resulting from a slip trip accident can range from simple bruises and sprains, through to fractures, serious back injuries, partial paralysis and even death in extreme cases.
Despite these being a common type of accident, they are actually one of the trickiest types to press a compensation claim for. In some accident cases, especially those that take place on the street, it can be very difficult to procure a significant level of evidence and to discover just who is to blame, and thus, who to claim against. Luckily, this is something we can help you with.
Most slip accidents occur in the workplace. Usually, when the floor is still wet or has been made slippery due to some sort of spillage. In many cases, this can be due to negligence on the part of the employer. Employers have a responsibility to make sure that potentially dangerous areas such as wet floors are clearly marked with signs. Slipping on 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.
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, and it can be very hard to prove negligence on the part of the local council. Slips that happen in public places that are 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.
Tripping accidents are generally easier to press a compensation claim for. This is because, in order 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. In the event of things like potholes and broken paving stones not being 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.
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.
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 something of a problem. 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, then we won’t charge you a thing. If we do make a successful claim on your behalf, we take our fee directly out of your compensation.
This type of agreement is also sometimes called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This whole concept has been designed to make sure that people who lack the finances to pursue a compensation claim can still gain access to the legal skills needed to make a claim. Don’t worry about us taking a massive fee, leaving you with only a small amount of compensation left. We are legally restricted to charging no more than 25% of the compensation payout as our fee. Meaning you receive 75%. So you really have nothing to lose. You don’t pay a thing, until the moment you receive your slip trip accident compensation.
There are two types of people who can successfully claim compensation for a slip trip accident. There is the actual person who the accident happened to, and the family or relatives of the person the accident happened to.
In the first case, it is quite 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.
There are three main categories of circumstances that can result in a person suffering a slip trip accident that can successfully make a claim for 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 that occur at work.
For more information on what kinds of accidents can result in a claim for compensation for a slip trip or fall, please read on.
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 due to a failure 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 that was caused by any of the above; to find out more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.
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 is maintained by a retail company, then a compensation claim may be possible. Examples of slip trip accidents in this category include:
- Spillages that cause an obstruction to 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.
Every company is required under the National Health and Safety Standards to maintain a safe place for its employees to work. They also have a responsibility to educate their workforce in health and safety requirements, as well as 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, the company is required to maintain, then a compensation claim 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.
Making a claim for any slip and trip accident is never an enjoyable event, even if you have suffered a fairly trivial accident with a minimum of 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, that the entire process is as simple and pain-free as possible.
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 following a slip trip accident.
As part of this initial free legal consultation, we will ask you a number of 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. It is highly likely that we will offer to press your compensation claim for you in a No Win No Fee type of agreement.
Just what and how much you can claim as compensation for a slip trip accident is going to 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.
Although it is difficult to estimate the actual amount of compensation you can receive due to a slip trip accident claim, the table below shows some typical amounts that have historically been paid. These do not include estimates for a loss of earnings, as this will always be calculated on a case by case basis. Check out our slip and fall compensation calculator.
|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 tooth||Up to £3,710|
|Loss or damage of several teeth||Up to £10,710|
|Minor fracture to wrist or arm||£3,310 - £4,450|
|Major fracture to wrist or arm||Up to £56,180|
|Quadriplegia||£304,630 - £379,100||Also, 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 - £205,580||Driven by considerations such as effect upon concentration, cognitive ability, memory and senses (sight, hearing etc.)|
|Brain damage (moderately severe)||£205,580 - £264,650||Including brain damage causing partial paralysis.|
|Bran damage (severe)||£264,650 - £379,100|
|Neck injury (minor)||Up to £7,410|
|Neck injury (moderate)||£7,410 - £36,120||Dependent upon actual neck damage suffered and loss of motor movement plus ongoing pain.|
|Neck injury (severe)||£52,540 - £139,210||Dependent upon severity of break, plus ongoing pain and permanent side effects.|
|Back injury (minor)||Up to £11,730|
|Back injury (moderate)||£11,730 - £36,390||Dependent on ongoing pain, severity of initial damage.|
|Back injury (severe)||£36,390 - £151,070||Dependent on ongoing pain, severity of initial damage and long-term side effects.|
|Leg injuries||£2,300 - £127,530||Depending upon severity|
|Knee injuries||£12,900 - £90,290||Depending on severity|
|Foot injuries||£12,900 - £65,710||Depending on severity|
These are the most common injuries suffered by people due to a slip trip accident. Injuries to other parts of the body or serious injuries such as paralysis are judged case by case and impossible to estimate.
Ongoing long-term injuries such as chronic back injury are more complex in their nature, as they need to be factored into the overall compensation claim as ongoing loss of earnings.
Our stated mission is to make sure that everyone who suffers a slip 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 in order 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 making a claim for 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 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?
There are several different factors that can increase the risk of slips trips and falls. Spills or other contaminants that haven’t been cleaned up have the potential to 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 a number of factors. Whether you’ve suffered a fall at work or in a public place, you’ll need to prove that the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence. 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. It’s really important that you keep receipts and invoices for any expenses you’ve incurred, as you’ll need proof in order 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 is able to 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, then you can’t accept that offer again at a later date, 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.
Compensation For A Slip Trip and Fall Useful Links
- Health and Safety Executive- Preventing slips trips and falls
- Harassment at work compensation guide
- NHS guide on when to visit a walk-in centre
- Self-employed? How to claim for an accident at work.
- Claiming for a back injury at work
- A guide to reporting injuries at work
Thank you for reading our guide about compensation for a slip trip or fall.