According to statistics published by the NHS, slips trips and falls are the single most common cause of major injury in UK workplaces and can often initiate an accident which may be attributed to another cause such as scalding or machinery accidents. Although slipping and tripping can be extremely dangerous, fortunately in most cases the injuries are not serious or permanent. However, here are 5 questions to ask yourself, in the wake of an office slip or trip.
- How serious are my injuries?
As stated, although in the majority of cases, slips, trips and falls will lead to relatively minor injuries, some symptoms may not present themselves immediately. It is important not to dismiss offhand any injuries sustained from a slip, trip or fall.
- Should I seek medical attention?
In the wake of a slip or trip you should always at least consider seeking medical attention. If the pain does not subside within the first few days, then you should seek medical attention urgently.
- Was I to blame?
Unfortunately some people may have feelings of doubt when an accident wasn’t their fault at all. It’s important not to blame yourself in the wake of an accident. The majority of slips and trips are beyond the victims control such as; spilled liquids, cracked and uneven flooring, poor light and exposed cables.
- Were there any witnesses who could help me?
It may be difficult to prove that a slip or a trip wasn’t your fault. Having a witness can greatly increase your chances of success if you decide to pursue your claim for compensation. This leads us on to our next question.
- Should I make a claim for compensation?
This is one of the most common questions that people may ask themselves in the wake of a nasty slip or trip. Some people may feel slightly hesitant to pursue a claim for compensation for various reasons, such as reluctance to pursue a claim against an employer. Pursuing a claim for compensation won’t make the pain go away but can help to put your mind at ease over lost wages, pain and anguish, and much more.
Accident Advice Helpline could help you make a claim for compensation if you’ve been injured within the last 3 years as the result of a slip, trip or fall and it wasn’t your fault. All claims are made entirely on a no-win-no-fee* basis. Get in touch now on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: February 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice