Slip, Trip And Fall Claims | No Win No Fee Compensation
Slips, trips and falls are some of the most common accidents and causes of injuries. If you’ve suffered harm through no fault of your own, you could make a personal injury claim for compensation.
The team here at Legal Expert is made up of specialist No Win No Fee solicitors with decades of experience in slip, trip and fall claims.
If you’d like to speak with us today about making a claim, you can take advantage of our free case check. In just a few minutes we can advise you of your legal options and how we can help you take action.
To speak with us, you can reach out 24 hours a day by:
- Calling 0800 073 8804
- Writing to us about your claim online
- Or speak with us now via our live chat box
To learn more about slip, trip and fall claims, you can browse through our comprehensive guide below:
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- About Slips, Trips And Falls And How They Happen
- Can I Claim Compensation For A Slip, Trip And Fall?
- Who’s Responsible For My Fall?
- Important Evidence In Slip, Trip And Fall Claims
- Slips, Trips And Falls At Work
- Slip, Trip And Fall Accidents In Public Places
- Average Compensation Payouts In Slip, Trip And Fall Claims
- Make A Claim With Legal Expert’s No Win No Fee Solicitors
Slips, trips and falls are quite simply accidents in which you lose your balance and land on the ground, usually causing an injury.
They can happen in lots of different ways, but some of the most common causes include:
- A pothole may cause you to trip and fall.
- Uneven pavements can also lead to tripping accidents.
- Broken flooring, such as broken tiles or ripped carpet.
- Slipping on a wet floor without signage or another indication that it is wet.
- Icy surfaces that have not been cleared or gritted.
- Cluttered walkways or other poor housekeeping, such as trailing wires.
- Poor lighting.
- Falling down the stairs due to bad lighting, defective steps or hand railings.
This list isn’t exhaustive so if you don’t see your circumstances, don’t worry. Let’s take a look at the criteria for making a slip, trip and fall claim.
In order to seek slip, trip and fall compensation, you need to meet the eligibility requirements for making a personal injury claim. As part of the claims process, you must have evidence that shows:
- A liable party owed you a duty of care.
- This duty was breached.
- You suffered injuries as a result of this breach.
Accidents can occur in various daily situations, such as while you are at work or in a public space. Let’s take a look at some of the legislation designed to protect you in these situations.
- While you are at work, your employer owes you a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA). This means that your employer must take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of their employees. For example, they should ensure that walkways are kept clear of clutter. If you suffer an injury tripping over an object, you might be eligible to make a slip, trip and fall claim.
- In public places, those in control of that space owe you a duty of care under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. This means that they must ensure your reasonable safety while you are in that location. For example, if you slip in a supermarket due to a wet surface and the supermarket was aware of the hazard but did not take steps to make it reasonably safe, you might be eligible to claim.
How Long Do I Have To Claim For A Fall?
Personal injury claims must be filed before the time limit expires.
This is generally 3 years from the date of the accident as set by the Limitation Act 1980.
However, there are some exceptions to this which we explain below.
Can I Make A Slip, Trip And Fall Claim For Someone Else?
Some injured parties are unable to start the personal injury claims process for themselves. In these cases, the court may appoint a litigation friend to act on the injured person’s behalf.
These parties include:
- Those who lack the mental capacity to make their own slip, trip and fall claim. For these parties, the limitation period is suspended for as long as they are unable to initiate legal proceedings. However, if they regain the capacity to claim and one was not made by a litigation friend on their behalf, they will have 3 years from the date they recovered the capacity to begin the process.
- Children under the age of 18 also cannot start their own personal injury claim. In these cases, the limitation period is frozen until their 18th birthday. Once they turn 18, they will have 3 years to file their claim for injuries suffered in a trip and fall if a litigation friend did not make one for them. For example, if your child injured themselves in a public park you could make the claim for them.
If you have any questions about the eligibility criteria or limitation periods for slip, trip and fall claims, please get in touch.
In addition to discussing the eligibility requirements, we can check to see if you have valid grounds for a claim and are within the time limit.
There are various locations in which you could suffer an injury in a slip and fall. Different parties will owe you a duty of care depending on whether the accident happened. These include:
- Your employer, even if you are carrying out work-related duties off-site.
- The local authority. They may be responsible for pavements and premises as well as public parks.
- A shopping centre.
- Public transport, such as bus or train operators.
- Train and bus stations.
- Taxi rank operators.
- Leisure centres, gyms and swimming pools.
- Apartment blocks, you could suffer a trip and fall in the walkways, lifts or stairs.
All slip, trip and fall claims must be supported with sufficient evidence. You need to prove who owed you a duty of care and how it was breached.
A few examples of the evidence that you could submit in support of your claim includes:
- The contact information from anyone who witnessed what happened so they can give a statement later in the claims process.
- Photographs of the accident scene, your injuries or of the object that caused you to slip and fall. For example, if you suffered an injury tripping over uneven pavement, you can take a photo of the pavement.
- Video footage of the accident, such as from a mobile phone.
- A copy of your health records which include the injury type and what treatment you needed.
If you need any assistance obtaining evidence, you can contact us. We can discuss the situation that resulted in your injuries and what evidence you could submit.
One place where slips, trips and falls happen are workplaces. They can happen in all types of environments, from construction sites and factories to offices.
Examples of some hazards that could cause injuries at work include:
- Spillages that haven’t been cleaned up
- Cluttered or obstructed walkways
- Poor lighting on the likes of stairways
- Trailing wires or leads from the likes of equipment or computers
- Slips and falls caused by ice in employer car parks or work yards
As mentioned above, all employers have a duty of care to keep their workplace free from the risk of harm, so far as it’s reasonably possible for them to do so.
Conducting the likes of risk assessments, regular inspections and training people on fall prevention are all key.
If, however, steps like these aren’t taken and you suffer an inury in a slip, trip and fall at work, you could claim compensation.
Remember, a claim wouldn’t be made against your employer, but against their insurance company. And legally, they can’t take any action against you for making a claim.
So if you’ve been injured, you could get the legal help and support you need today. You can call us for free on the number at the top of this page to learn all about slip, trip and falls claims involving workplaces.
To learn more about slips, trips and falls at work, see our comprehensive guide here
When we visit public spaces like shops, supermarkets and parks, we’re protected by legislation like the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. Laws like this impose a duty on those in control of the public space to keep it free of the risk of harm, so far as it’s possible for them to do so.
There are different risks and hazards in different settings that could cause a slip, trip and fall accident. In the sections below, we explore them in more detail.
Shops, Supermarkets And Restaurants
When we visit shops, supermarkets and restaurants, we expect a certain level of safety, such that when we leave we don’t end up worse off.
Some shops can be quite small and cluttered, with narrow walkway. If you trip and fall because of an obstruction or a tripping hazard that shouldn’t be there, you could claim compensation if you hurt yourself. Examples include boxes, extension lead wires, upturned carpet or rugs or damage floor tiles.
In supermarkets, slip and fall hazards can be similar, but the causes can include the likes of dropped food, like eggs, to dropped drinks like milk, or worse still, cooking oil. Supermarkets should promptly clear up spillages once they’re aware of them. If the spill can’t be cleaned up right away the hazard should be marked with a ‘wet floor’ sign.
Restaurants also carry the same types of tripping hazards, with dropped food and the likes of upturned rugs and carpet all potentially causing accidents.
Streets And Roads
The local council is responsible for maintaining the highways, roads and streets in your local area.
Should a defect like a pothole develop, the council should take action to repair it once reported. They also conduct annual inspections of roads to detect any defects like this, as well as any broken paving stones or raised kerbs.
Some parts of roads and pavements are the resposibility of other organisations, however. For example, some grids and drains are maintained by water companies or energy companies. Defects can also arise with these too, potentially causing an accident and injury.
If you’ve been injured in a trip and fall accident on the street, get in touch for more guidance on your legal options or to make a claim.
Slips, Trips And Falls In Rented Properties
If you rent your home either privately or from a council or housing association, chances are your landlord is responsible for keeping your house in good repair.
This means that they need to fix any potential hazards by law, such as those that could cause a slip, trip and fall.
If you’ve suffered an injury after a fall and believe it was caused by your landlord’s negligence, get in touch.
Compensation payouts in slip, trip and fall claims can vary from case to case. It simply depends on the circumstances and how the injured person was impacted.
There’s therefore no average payout. However, it’s possible to gain a fairly clear idea of what your claim could be worth.
Below, we’ve compiled a table detailing recommended compensation payouts for different injuries that could be sustained in a slip, trip and fall accident. These figures come from a publication called the Judicial College Guidelines. It’s a document used by personal injury solicitors to value injuries.
|Injury||Compensation Amounts||Details Of Injury|
|Head injury causing very severe brain damage||£282,010 to £403,990||In the most serious slip, trip and fall claims, the injured person could suffer a life-changing head injury. This coul result in brain damage that affects their ability to function, requiring round-the-clock care and support.|
|Back injury with a minor impact||£7,890 to £12,510||In some cases, a trip and fall accident could see you injure your back. In cases where the injury takes between 2 and 5 years to heal, compensation awards could fall into this bracket|
|Shoulder injuries with a serious impact||£12,770 to £19,200||Injuries such as dislocated shoulders or damage to the elbow and neck, as well as nerve damage, can all cause serious harm.|
|Arm injuries causing disablement||£39,170 to £59,860||For falls leading to serious fractures of one or both arms, payouts could reach this level.|
|Hip injuries with severe impacts||£78,400 to £130,930||It's not uncommon for people to injure their hip when they slip and fall. In severe cases, the back joints may dislocated necissitating spinal fusion. Hip replacements may also be required.|
These figures represent only one aspect of a compensation payout called general damages. It’s designed to compensation you for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity caused by the accident and injuries.
Let’s take a look at what else you can claim for in a slip, trip and fall compensation claim.
How Compensation Can Help You
Some people are reluctant to claim compensation, but it’s important to remember that it can help you in many more ways than simply giving you a lump sum.
For example, if you’ve suffered an injury that is still causing you problems, it’s possible to claim the cost of rehabilitation to help you properly overcome it.
For example, if you trip and fall on your back, you could receive compensation for specialist treatment from a chiropracter.
It’s also possible to include other costs and expenses within your final compensation award. They can include:
- Loss of earnings – if you had to take time off work, it’s possible to claim back your lost earnings within a slip, trip and fall claim.
- Travel expenses – if you’ve had to attend doctors appointments relating to the injuries and accident, you can claim back these costs
- Care costs – sometimes friends and family have to help us with personal care, cooking, cleaning and shopping. If they’ve given up time to help you you can claim a fee for their services.
- Medication costs – everything from over the counter tablets like paracetamol to prescription costs can be compensated as part of a slip, trip and fall claim.
For more advice on what compensation payouts in slip, trip and fall claims can include, call us for free on the number at the top of this page.
If you’d like to make a slip, trip and fall claim, you’ll be pleased to hear that our solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis.
No Win No Fee simply means that:
- You do not pay any fees upfront to begin a claim
- You don’t pay any fees as the claim progresses
- If the claim doesn’t succeed, you don’t need to pay your solicitor
- Only if the claim succeeds do you pay a fee. This is deducted from your compensation payout and is set at a fixed level before you begin your personal injury claim.
If you’d like to get a free case check today, our lines are open 24 hours a day. All you need to do is:
- Call us on 0800 073 8804
- Write to us about your claim online
- Or speak with us now via our live chat box
If you have any other questions about slip, trip and fall claims, please don’t hesitate to reach out.