At Accident Advice Helpline, we’ve been helping people to make claims for compensation where they weren’t to blame for over 15 years now. We deal with all areas of personal injury compensation and in that time we’ve come to gather an unrivalled expertise when it comes to personal injury claims. In that time, we have found that one type of personal injury is the most prevalent when it comes to the most common accident claim.
Slips, trips and falls
Slips and trips are the single most common accident claim. According to statistics published by the HSE, slips, trips and falls account for 4.1 million lost working days a year. Although greater awareness has led to a steady decrease in reported instances of slipping or tripping in the workplace over the last ten years, slipping and tripping is still the most commonly reported accident at work. Slipping or tripping can result in serious injuries such as fractures and head, neck or shoulder injuries. Slipping or tripping can also be referred to as an initiator accident, where slipping or tripping leads to a further accident such as scalding or a fall from height.
Preventing slips and trips
Prevention is better than cure and it’s best to take proactive steps when it comes to preventing slips and trips. Some of the following hints and tips can help to prevent a slip, trip or fall in the workplace or at home:
- Avoiding walking on uneven or unmaintained surfaces
- Wearing appropriate footwear with adequate grip
- Reporting potential slipping hazards to management at work
- Good housekeeping, such as keeping floors free of clutter
- Installing anti-slip surfaces in your office or home
- Correct signage of potential slip hazards such as wet floor signs
Getting compensation for a slip or trip
If you’ve been injured as the result of slipping or tripping and someone else was to blame, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for more information on how you could make a 100% no-win-no-fee* claim for compensation. Lines are open 24/7 and our friendly, able advisors will soon answer any questions you might have regarding the claim process. The majority of claims are settled outside court, meaning many of our clients will not have to endure the traumatic experience of reliving an accident in a court setting.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown