Everyone has a story to tell about an embarrassing accident. We have all seen, or suffered, slips, trips and falls, whether at work or elsewhere. Some are minor, even amusing, whereas others may have significant consequences.
Check the list of the most common work/public injuries below and, if any of them apply to you, you might want to give the professional advisers at Accident Advice Helpline a call on their freephone. The most common accidents and what causes them are listed below:
Most common accidents
- 5: When office politics goes too far and, to be blunt, a fight breaks out. Entertaining, sure, but not good for business, unless you are a boxing gym. Unfortunately, fighting tends to leave little for compensation claims to work with.
- 4: Next up, repetitive strain injuries. Hard to spot until they strike, they can cause substantial harm in the long term. Measures should be in place to ensure staff get sufficient breaks. If not, you have a work accident claim to make.
- 3: In at three is walking into things. We’ve all experienced the excruciating mix of pain and embarrassment that comes with work accidents such as a stubbed toe, banged head or knocked knee but your employers should ensure your workplace is free of such hazards.
- 2: In the runners up place is slips. Again, the cartoon-style whirling of the arms and legs, accompanied with a face of wide-eyed and open-mouth fear, can initially look amusing. The injuries, however, particularly if caused by an industrial spillage at work, are anything but.
- 1: The prize for the most common accident is awarded to falls. From the minor stumble, complete with a casual sideways glance to see if anyone noticed, to the spectacular collapse that definitely grabs the attention of bystanders, falls in any setting are a recipe for injury and disaster.
The art of slipping, tripping and falling is not limited to the workplace, and neither is the potential for accident compensation. Since 2000, Accident Advice Helpline have been investigating falls at work but can also come to the rescue if your claim is the result of a public accident.
Uneven pavements, loose bricks etc are the responsibility of the local council and if the maintenance is not up to standard, a no-win, no-fee claim can see you back on your feet. The most common accidents and what causes them will provide you with an insight into what to look out for so you don’t become the victim.
Court attendance is usually not necessary and the majority of claims can be processed by telephone, with advice available 24/7.