The Health and Safety Executive estimated that slips, trips and falls cost the UK around £800 million each year, but the implications of falling in a public place or suffering an accident at work are not purely financial.
If you’ve had a slip, trip or fall, this can have major implications for your health and well-being, as well as your financial situation and the quality of life of the people closest to you.
Implications of slips, trips, and falls
According to the most recent figures from the HSE, slips, trips and falls cost employers around £512 million per year and the National Health Service in excess of £133 million.
Falls account for 33 per cent of reported major injuries and 95 per cent of people who have a major fall break at least one bone. Broken bones can be debilitating as they usually take several weeks, even months, to heal and they restrict your movement and the range of tasks you can complete independently.
You will also need to take time off work to attend hospital appointments, and transport may be a concern for those who live in rural areas or people who do not have friends or relatives close by to provide assistance.
One of the most significant worries for people who have suffered an accident at work or a fall in a public place is taking time off work. If you have major injuries or you have a long-term illness as a result of an accident, you may be required to take a long time off and this can have far-ranging implications for your finances. If you are the main bread-winner, the situation may be even worse and there may be concerns over paying bills and keeping up with mortgage or rent payments.
Aside from your own health, there may also be consequences for the people around you. If you have a serious injury or a chronic illness, you may need extra assistance around the home and this may mean that your partner or a relative has to reduce the hours they work or give up employment completely.
Can I make a claim for a fall in a public place?
If you’ve fallen in a public place and it wasn’t your fault, you may be able to claim compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline has a very simple, 30 second eligibility test, which may help you to see if you have a valid claim.
If these statements apply to you, you may wish to consider making a slip, trip, or fall claim or a public liability claim:
- you had an accident in a public place
- the accident wasn’t your fault
- the incident happened in the last 3 years
- you had medical treatment at the time
Date Published: October 28, 2013
Author: David Brown