Slip and Fall Accidents at Work
We know from years of experience that Slip and Fall Accidents at Work are all too Common. If you have suffered a fall in the workplace then you may well have suffered some nasty injuries. You have a right to protection in the workplace and we can help you get back on your feet with the compensation you deserve.
All About Slip and Fall Accidents at Work
Statistics reveal that Slip and Fall Accidents at Work are the most common cause of serious injuries in the workplace within the UK.
A slip and fall can be responsible for a whole host of injuries that can lead to a prolonged period of time off work.
It’s not unusual for falls to cause grazes, sprains and there can be fractures as well as neck and head injuries.
If you have been injured at work in a slip and fall accident then you may well be able to claim compensation for your injuries and any losses.
If you have any questions about bringing a claim for compensation arising out of this type of accident at work we have lots of experience and help to offer you.
What are the Most Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents at Work?
Most trips slips and falls occur as a consequence of the employer failing to take proper care to ensure the correct safety measures have been put in place.
Falls from Height
Very often the most serious injuries sustained in a workplace are when the accident happens in a fall from height, for example when the injured person is working up a ladder.
It may be that the injuries have arisen because of a failure to give the right equipment or it is faulty in some way or alternatively there has been a lack of training to use the ladder properly or at all.
We know only too well from our experience that many accidents can occur as a consequence of slipping on a wet floor.
Normally these accidents happen when the cleaner fails to put up a warning sign to alert the workforce that the floor is wet.
On occasions the sign can be put up but it is not placed in an appropriate place so the employees are unaware that the floor is slippery and dangerous.
Highly Polished Floors
Again polished floors can be responsible for slips in the workplace.
Polished floors made of marble or ceramic tiles can be lethal even when dry.
These claims are usually tricky and it will very much will depend upon the substance the cleaner has used to clean the floor and whether there have been any other falls or complaints made about the state of the floor.
If you have suffered a slip or a fall on a polished floor then you should obtain legal advice straightaway so that all the necessary enquiries and investigations can be carried out at an early stage.
Over the years we have acted for lots of clients who have suffered injuries as a consequence of dangerous stairways.
Falls can occur because the edging on the stairs has become loose or worn.
If carpet is fitted this can become loose, worn and hazardous.
The steps themselves might be uneven or damaged in some way.
It maybe that the handrails are not fixed properly to the wall or are non-existent at a place where one would expect to find them.
Sometimes slips and falls at work can occur because there is inadequate lighting.
Trips Caused by Loose Wires
We are used to clients contacting us as a consequence of tripping over loose wires in an office environment.
These types of injuries are clearly readily avoidable and like all falls they can involve some quite horrendous injuries.
Slips and Falls Caused by Snow and Ice
Employers are under a duty to ensure that reasonable steps have been taken to ensure the workplace is safe for their employees.
It follows that during times when the temperatures outside are freezing steps must be taken to make sure that icy or frozen surfaces are gritted.
If your employer has not taken reasonable safety precautions when the weather is icy and cold and as a result you have slipped and fallen then you should be entitled to compensation.
Whatever type of slip or fall accident you have suffered we will be able to help you recover compensation for your injuries and any losses you may have suffered.
It’s important that you take action as soon as possible and receive advice that will enable you to protect your position and secure you the compensation.
Worried about bringing a claim against your employer?
We know from our experience that it is not unusual for some clients to be a bit concerned about bringing a claim against their employer.
They can feel that if the claim is brought (however serious the injuries are) there is a risk that the employer will look to dismiss them and treat them in a harsh manner.
When making a claim against an employer you have certain rights that protect your employment and it would be against the law for your employer to try to dismiss you or treat you in a different way because of bringing the claim.
After all any compensation that you receive will generally not be paid by your employer but by their liability insurers. This means your employer is not likely to be out-of-pocket in any way.
If you have any concerns please contact us so we can discuss these with you and talk to you about our years of experience in bringing slip and fall accident claims against employers.
Your rights in the workplace
There are a huge number of different statutes which regulate health and safety law.
In addition there is also “common law” placing employers under a duty to ensure the employee is looked after and protected.
Furthermore there is also an implied duty to take care which is in all contracts of employment between an employer and the employer.
The resulting effect is that your employer has a wide ranging and all-encompassing duty of care towards you in the workplace.
Your employer must make all reasonable steps are taken to ensure your health, safety and well-being.
In practice this means that your employer should:
- Have a safe place and system of work
- Keep the overall workplace in a good state of repair;
- Assess risks in the workplace to identify and address the risks that might cause you harm;
- Provide the right workplace facilities which means any ladders or scaffolding or other height related equipment must be in good working condition;
- Take any necessary safety precautions in the event outside areas are icy or frozen – the employer must provide a safe means of access and egress.
This is to name just a few of the employer’s central obligations but as can be seen the ones referred to above are widely framed and extensive.
Do I have a Claim for Compensation?
- The best way to find out is to contact us so we can have a chat about the circumstances of your injury.
- We have all the experience to help you and will be able to tell you straight away whether your work accident claim is likely to be successful.
- As can be seen above workers in the UK are protected by a whole range of health and safety legislation and very often employers can be held to account as a consequence of a breach of any number of legislative provisions.
- If your employer has failed to abide by the legislation and you suffer injuries as a result of a fall or slip at work you are going to be in a position to claim compensation.
Speak to us to find out how we can help you on a no obligation basis when we accept your claim then you will be offered a genuine No Win No Fee Agreement so you’ll have total peace of mind.
How Much Compensation can I expect?
Slip and Fall Accidents at Work can cover the full spectrum of injuries from minor to the most serious of all.
The actual amount of compensation will depend entirely upon the nature and extent of your injuries and the prognosis for the future.
We will of course take full instructions from you and obtain all the necessary medical reports to ensure that you receive the best compensation for your injuries.
In relation to the minor claims then these can be quantified quite easily and quickly but if we are dealing with a maximum severity claim then naturally it will take some time to obtain all the necessary medical evidence.
Whatever the level of your injury we will be able to advise you and assist you with the overall objective of maximising your claim and finalising it as quickly as possible.
How Can We Help You?
- We are very experienced in bringing slip and fall accidents at work claims.
- We have no doubt that we will be able to provide you with all the advice and assistance that you need to bring your claim.
- We will make sure that we will always keep you up to date and informed about what is happening with your claim.
- We invite you to take a moment to have a look at some of our client’s comments and we think you will agree that they speak highly of us and recommend us wholeheartedly.
We look forward to hearing from you and helping you.
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