Have you ever found yourself the victim of any of the following accidents at work or public slip ups?
- Tripping over loose debris in the office
- Slipping on an unsigned floor
- Stubbing your toe on a hidden desk corner or protruding drawer
- Stumbling over uneven paving slabs or wonky drain covers
- Falling down slippery stairs, ones with a broken banister or no banister at all
- Tripping on loose bricks on the street or pavement
- Any other instance where you have taken a tumble as a result of something in the workplace or out in public.
It’s easy, not to mention naturally very British, to dismiss these incidents as nothing more than someone being accident prone. How often have you heard, following a work accident or public fall, the victim gasp ‘oh I just didn’t see it, I’m so clumsy’ while hastily trying to restore their dignity.
This propensity to assume it is our fault, or that the slips and trips are the natural consequence of a character defect, often overlooks the simple fact that, a lot of the time, it isn’t your fault at all, that the blame instead lies with someone else and you are, in fact, entitled to some compensation.
Slips, trips and falls in the workplace
Safety in the workplace is the responsibility of your employer. Not only should they have employer’s liability insurance in place, they should also do everything in their power to minimise the risk potential hazards pose to the workers. These records should be comprehensive and updated regularly.
Following an accident at work, your claim will be against the company and it’s highly advisable you seek professional advice before proceeding. Accident Advice Helpline can offer substantial experience and expertise via their freephone line and there’s no obligation for you to push on with the case once you’ve heard what they have to say.
Accidents in public
A public fall, over a broken kerb for example, is the responsibility of the local authority which has public liability insurance in place to deal with such claims. Again, Accident Advice Helpline are highly skilled in the area of public accident claims and can help establish how much you may be due before helping you get it.
If over 14 year’s experience as a law firm isn’t reassuring enough, they also work on a no win, no fee* basis and are at the end of a phone 24/7.
Date Published: September 30, 2013
Author: David Brown