Did you know that slips, trips and falls are the most common form of work accident? If you’ve had an accident at work, you may be thinking about claiming personal injury compensation; if you are, make sure you talk to Accident Advice Helpline first.
You may think that your workplace looks pretty harmless, but if you delve deeper, you may find some hidden hazards. The reality is, it’s very easy to slip, trip or fall, and often you bounce back immediately with no problems. But, slips and falls can be very serious and they may cause severe injuries, which may affect your future employment and your income.
Common causes of slips and trips include:
- Wet floors – this may be due to a spillage or the fact that the floor has recently been mopped or cleaned
- Stairs – falling down the stairs is very common and stairways are particularly dangerous if there is poor lighting and obstructions, which could increase the risk of tripping
- Uneven flooring and surfaces, and ripped carpets
- Obstructed walkways
Types of injury caused by slips, trips and falls
A slip, trip or fall can be minor or more serious, and the extent of your injuries will usually be determined by where and how you fell, and how you landed. Falling from height carries greater risk of severe injury than tripping over a small step, but often, innocuous looking incidents can be very serious, especially when the head or spine are involved.
Common injuries associated with slipping, tripping or falling include:
- Fractures: most commonly the arms, ankles, wrists and collarbone;
- Head injuries: the risk of head injuries is increased by falling from a height, falling onto a hard surface, or falling against something;
- Back injuries;
- Dislocation: it is common for the collarbone to dislocate if you fall and put your hand down before you land; this is due to the force of the impact running up your arm;
- Cuts and grazes;
Can I make a slip, trip or fall claim?
If you’ve slipped in a public place, or had an accident at work and it wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation. You must be able to back up your case, so take down as much information about the incident as possible and then contact Accident Advice Helpline to talk to a trained expert in personal injury compensation.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 9, 2013
Author: David Brown