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Can I Claim For Tripping Over A Wire? – How To Claim – How Much Compensation

By Daniel Wilson. Last Updated 12th August 2021. Slips and trips, whether in the workplace or in public space, are some of the most common personal injury claims. Tripping over a wire – whether an electrical cable, network cable, rope, chain or even a structural cable – can be the cause of anything from serious to minor injuries, from a sprained wrist to multiple fractures. Employers, councils and private landowners have a duty to make your workplace and public spaces safe for you to work in and to use. If you have tripped over a wire or cable, we can help you identify the right person to claim against and help you to claim personal injury compensation. You can recover for loss of earnings and medical costs, as well as claiming compensation for your personal injury itself.

To start your No Win No Fee compensation claim for tripping over a wire or other hazard, please call us, free, now on 0800 073 8804, or contact us through our website. To find out more about trip or fall compensation, council compensation claims and accidents at work, please read on. There is also a form on our website that will let you start the process of finding out if you have a claim online. Our live chat window in the corner is also available to use.

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A Guide To Claiming Compensation For Tripping Over A Wire

Compensation For Tripping Over A WireIf you have had a slip or trip resulting in an injury, you may be considering making a personal injury claim. If you tripped on loose wires at work, you will have an injury at work claim, probably against your employer, but potentially also against a contractor or third party – such as an external telecommunications supplier laying cables in your workplace. If you had a trip or fall in a public place, your claim will be against the landowner or council/local authority and, again, potentially also against a contractor or third party. For example, tripping over electrical cable from a temporary generator which has been laid across a pavement, going into a building, could result in claims against the council for personal injury, as well as against the generator supplier and the contractor doing the work in the building. The building owner and operator may also be liable for trailing wires compensation.

As with other personal injury claims, your claim will include an amount of compensation for the injury itself, as well as compensation for loss of earnings for time spent off work, any care needs you may have had (including care provided by a family member during your recovery period), medical expenses (such as prescription costs or private physio costs), and any other out-of-pocket expenses. You can also claim for future losses – for example, if you can no longer do the same job due to your injury, or if you have ongoing medical or care needs.
A personal injury solicitor will go through every aspect of your claim with you, to ensure your accident at work claim or claim against the council for personal injury maximises your trip or fall compensation.

What Are Tripping Over A Wire Accidents?

Tripping over a wire can include tripping over an electrical cable or telephone wires in an office or factory, heavy-duty cabling in the street or ropes on a ship or dock, or even tripping over structural wires, such as steel rebars and other supports. The wire may be there on a permanent or temporary basis, such as inadequately protected wiring for factory equipment or cables being used by a temporary contractor, but either way, if they cause an obstruction or hazard there may be a claim for tripping over a wire.

Trailing Wires Injuries

How much compensation for tripping over a wire is available will depend on what the injury is – a trip could result in a fairly minor injury such as a sprain (which can still result in trip or fall compensation) or could cause a major injury with life-changing consequences, and the slip and fall compensation amounts will depend on both the severity of the injury and your losses arising from it. Therefore, your personal injury lawyer will use medical evidence (such as your GP records or a medical report) to determine what sort of injury you have sustained and what trailing wires compensation you may be entitled to.

Slips and falls can cause a wide range of injuries. Less severe injuries include wrist or ankle sprains, minor soft tissue injuries or straightforward cuts and abrasions. Some soft tissue injuries can be more serious, even if they don’t initially seem to be, such as tears or damage to ligaments or tendons. More obviously, serious injuries caused by trips and falls can include fractures of varying seriousness (legs, wrists and shoulders being particularly vulnerable), head injuries, internal bleeds or even spinal cord injuries.

Whatever your injury, if you have any concerns you should seek medical attention immediately. This will also help when it comes to providing evidence for your claim.

Can I Claim For Tripping Over A Wire At Work?

In the workplace, your employer has a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work ect. Act 1974 and related regulations (such as the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, which particularly deals with traffic routes) to manage risk and to ensure that your place of work is free from hazards such as trailing cables. Employers also have a duty to complete risk assessments and manage any hazards appropriately. Trailing cables could be found under a desk, overhead or in designated walkways.

In order to make a claim, you will need to show that your employer (or anyone employed by them to do so) did not comply with the relevant health and safety legislation to appropriately manage or remove such risks – for example by using a cable tidy or by cordoning off an area where temporary work is taking place. Your employer may also be responsible if the trailing cables were left by an outside contractor or another third party, or you might have a claim against both the employer and the third party.

Tripping At Work Statistics

Following an injury at work, it needs to be reported to a body known as RIDDOR. This should be done by your employer. However, it can be done yourself if your employer has not, or will not. Statistics from RIDDOR show us that 29% of injuries in the workplace that were reported to RIDDOR in 2019/20 were caused by slips, trips, or falls on the same level.

Whilst it’s unlikely that all of these injuries were caused by tripping over a wire, it gives us an idea as to how common similar injuries are. Below, you’ll find a graph showing how this percentage compares to other causes of workplace injuries.

can I claim for tripping over a wire graph

Can I Claim For Tripping Over A Wire In A Public Place?

In a public place, the landowner or council has a similar duty to prevent accidents and minimise risks to members of the public, so there should be no trailing wires left where people can trip over them. A public place may be outside, such as in the street or a park, but can also include indoor spaces such as shops, shipping centres, sports facilities or museums. Council compensation claims are fairly common, as are claims against other landowners.

There are obviously lots of different potential hazards in public places. Again, trailing wires may be permanent or temporary – any electrical equipment is likely to have a wire, which will cause a hazard needing to be managed. This could be as simple as the use of a vacuum cleaner in a shop or a temporary generator anywhere in public. An open-air event, such as a festival, will have generator wires, tent ropes and all manner of potential trip hazards.

What Should You Do If You Tripped On Loose Wires?

If you have tripped on loose wires at work or in public, try and obtain as much evidence as possible. This includes evidence as to the nature of the hazard – photos of the wires are particularly helpful, but witness statements are always useful. If you can get the details of any witnesses at the time, we can help them prepare a witness statement in due course, but any information written at the time can be very important.

You should also seek medical attention as soon as possible (especially – obviously – if it is a serious injury). Your GP and/or hospital records will form the basis of a medical report to support your claim. If you have a series of treatments, such as physiotherapy, those records will also be helpful.

Keep a record of all out-of-pocket expenses you incur – this could include prescription costs, medical appointments (such as private physio), receipts for purchase of aids (such as a walking stick) or larger costs such as care. Anything you spend as a result of the accident may form part of your claim for compensation, so keep all receipts possible and/or note down the cost at the time.

Case Study: Compensation For Tripping Over A Wire At Work

By way of an example, a construction worker found his new job more stressful than he might have expected, when, less than a month into his new role on a building site, he had an accident at work, tripping over steel wires that were sticking out of the ground. He sustained serious injuries to his shoulder, ribs and elbow. These injuries took some time to recover from, causing him to take considerable time off work, and left him with residual pain.

As the workman was a casual worker, it was vital that his injury at work claim was underway as soon as possible as he was unable to earn money during his recovery period. Prompt action from his personal injury lawyers meant that his employer admitted liability for breach of their statutory duty to ensure a safe workplace and he obtained compensation.

This payout included a fee to acknowledge his pain and suffering, but also some other expenses he experienced such as loss of earnings, and medical bills.

What Can I Slip, Trip, And Fall Compensation Claims Include?

Compensation for tripping over a wire is a subset of compensation for a fall. How much compensation for a fall is awarded will depend on the severity of the accident. Slip and fall compensation amounts include compensation for the injury itself, known as general damages, and out-of-pocket expenses, known as special damages, which may also include a sum for future losses.

General damages are calculated to compensate you for your pain and suffering, emotional distress and how your injury affects your everyday life.

Special damages payments are designed to reimburse you for the additional financial costs that take place due to your injuries. For example:

  • Loss of earnings – if you are unable to work, you could lose out on wages. Part of your special damages payment could include the earnings you would have received during your period of injury
  • Medical bills – prescription costs and other treatments that cannot be accessed for free via the NHS
  • Damage to property – this could include the cost of repairs or replacements that are needed due to your property being damaged during the accident that caused your injuries

There are other expenses that can be reclaimed via special damages. For all of them, you will need evidence such as receipts to prove they took place. Otherwise, you’ll find it much harder to be reimbursed.

For more information on special damages, get in touch with our advisors.

Tripping Over A Wire Personal Injury Claims Calculator

Injuries caused by tripping on loose wires can vary considerably, and how much compensation for a fall will be paid will depend on things like the severity and recovery time of your injury caused by your trip or fall. The table below sets out examples of general damages awarded for trip or fall compensation. The figures have been taken from the latest version of the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG).

These guidelines are used by legal professionals to come up with a suitable general damages payment to reflect the pain and suffering experienced due to your injuries.

Brain/head Injury(e) Minor - minimal brain damage, if any£2,070 to £11,980
Back Injury(c) Minor - a full recovery (or almost full) will have taken place within 2-5 years without surgical intervention£7,410 to £11,730
Hip injury(d) Moderate - the injury will have been significant, but if there is permanent disability, it is not major£24,950 to £36,770
Shoulder Injury(b) Serious - shoulder dislocated, leading to pain in the neck, elbow, and other parts of the arm£11,980 to £18,020
Arm Injury(b) Permanent disablement - one or both forearms will have been seriously fractured with major and lasting disability£36,770 to £56,180
Elbow Injury(a) Severely disabling£36,770 to £51,460
Wrist Injury(b) - injury results with major and lasting disability, with some useful movement remaining£22,990 to £36,770
Leg Injury(c) Less serious - simple femur fracture with no joint damage£8,550 to £13,210
Knee InjurySevere - (ii) a fracture that originated in the leg but has spread to the knee, causing constant, permanent pain£48,920 to £65,440
Ankle InjuryModest - less serious injuries such as sprains or undisplaced fracturesUp to £12,900
Foot InjuryModerate - displaced metatarsal fractures that result in permanent deformity and other continuing symptoms£12,900 to £23,460

The figures in the table only relate to general damages, and therefore the full compensation amount could be higher if special damages are also included.

Please speak to us for further advice. Most calls only take around 10 minutes, and our personal injury solicitor can give you an outline of what might be included in your claim for compensation.

No Win No Fee Compensation Claims For Injuries From Tripping Over A Wire

Making a court claim can be expensive and confusing, but to help you through it we may be able to offer you No Win No Fee agreement, also known as a conditional fee agreement, or CFA. This means that if your claim does not succeed, you do not have to pay your solicitor. If you win your claim, your legal representative will take their payment from your compensation in the form of a small, legally capped percentage.

Why Make Your Claim For Tripping Over A Wire With Legal Expert

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