Slips, Trips and Falls at Work
Levenes Solicitors specialise in and handle very many cases each year where injury has been caused as a result of slips, trips and falls at work.
See an example of how Levenes’ serious injury claim solicitors were able to help a client who sustained injury as a result of tripping accident at work
Why do people slip, trip and fall at work?
This type of accident commonly occurs because of poor management of health and safety at work. Employers do not intend to cause injury but as a result of unsafe practices, injuries do occur.
Common causes of slips, trips and falls at work include:
- Untidy workplaces where obstructions such as boxes, discarded packaging and cables create a risk of tripping.
- Unsafe practices in relation to the transport of liquids and other materials, resulting in the floor becoming slippery.
- Failing to have an effective cleaning policy in place to deal with any potential slipping hazards.
- Poorly maintained workplaces including car parks with potholes and uneven surfaces.
- Inadequate lighting.
Employers have a duty of care to their employees to ensure as far as practicable that the workplace is safe. The starting point is for an employer to carry out an assessment of the risk of injury to employees.
In the case of a car park, for example, this should be regularly inspected, and repairs made to uneven surfaces or potholes.
Workstations must be properly assessed. Cables should be tied securely and not trailed across the floor.
Close to entrances to the workplace there should be mats to avoid the floor becoming slippery as a result of rainwater carried in by people walking in to the building.
Where the work creates a risk of spillages, an effective system of cleaning should be in place and employees should all be trained on the system. Waste materials should be disposed of safely and not discarded casually.
Employees should take care for their own safety, as far as possible, but they cannot be expected to constantly scan the floor in front of them to look for hazards, as that would be unreasonable to expect.
Employers should also consider what footwear is appropriate for the type of workplace. What may be suitable in an office will be different from a building site.
Most accidents in the workplace can be avoided, if the employer has a proper system in place to ensure that as far as reasonably practicable hazards that could cause an employee to trip or slip are avoided.
Can I make a claim?
If you have suffered an injury at work as a result of tripping or slipping, our experiences solicitors will be able to advise you on your claim.
You can make a claim if your employer or a work colleague has negligently caused your accident in one of the ways we have outlined above or in some other way.
Why choose Levenes?
We work diligently for our clients to help them put their lives back together and at the same time obtain the maximum compensation. With us on your side, you can expect:
- Over 100 years of combined experience – We have proven results; we are lawyers who fight for you with a record of success.
- Strong litigators – We are not afraid to take your case to court if we have to. We stand up for the rights of the injured and not for the rights of the big corporations.
- Empathy – We pride ourselves on our compassion and understanding and we are easy to talk to. We always put your interest first and we treat you as our family.
- A personal approach – Your case will be handled directly by one our partners with support from our team of lawyers.
- A tailor-made approach – Every client is treated individually and not as a number, to achieve the best possible result that you deserve.
- Clear communication – We talk to you in a down to earth way. We avoid legal jargon unless it cannot be avoided, and if so, we explain things clearly and simply.
- Maximum compensation – We have the courage to fight for what you are entitled to.
- Full attention – We have the resources to focus on every detail of the case and consider every angle. We do not spread ourselves too thinly – you deserve our full attention.
Steps to take after the accident
You should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Make sure that your accident has been reported to your employer and that a written record is made of what happened.
If you can, take photographs or video clips of the scene so that it can later be proven what it was that caused you to slip, trip or fall.
Make a note of the details of witnesses. Look to see if there are CCTV cameras that might have captured the accident and ask your employer for a copy of the footage.
Call us and we will then be able to advise you on the next steps.
How much can I claim?
How much you can claim will depend on the facts of the case including the medical evidence and other evidence about your injuries and losses.
Depending on that evidence you will be able to claim:
- Pain and Suffering and Loss of Amenity.
- Loss of earnings.
- Care and support.
- Medical expenses.
- Travel expenses.
- Special Equipment.
- Any other reasonably incurred expenses caused by the accident.