People are often cynical about people seeking compensation in the event of a slip, trip or fall. It is true that sometimes such accidents can be the result of being careless.
However, people are less likely to be cynical if they are the ones who have injured themselves because a company forgot to put up a sign showing a surface was wet or didn’t properly follow health and safety procedures.
What to be aware of
- Types of injuries – An acute fracture can often occur as a result of a fall, especially for older people who are more at risk of falling. They can also suffer more serious injuries if they suffer from osteoporosis. While usually more associated with car accidents, whiplash can also occur during a slip or a fall if someone falls backwards.
- How the injury happened – There is always a debate about what is or is not an acceptable level of risk. A good example is if you play football. If you run around a perfectly tended field and you fall over then this is nobody’s fault. However if someone raised concerns about the surface or someone deliberately tried to injure you then there is more chance of there being a claim.
- Costs involved – If a trip that wasn’t your fault results in you being unable to work then you could be able to claim lost earnings.
Trips and falls in the workplace
If you are injured at work there ought to be someone who has some form of first aid training on hand in order to get you some form of treatment until a professional arrives. If your company does not have someone with first aid training then this is something you should discuss with your employer.
The accident should also be logged in an accident log book. This is not just a box-ticking exercise; legally companies are required to do this. If an incident is not recorded then this is something that ought to be discussed when you make a claim.
Some people are reluctant to make claims against an employer because they do not want to make the company pay for it. However a company is required by law to have liability insurance to protect their employees and any compensation will come from the insurer and not directly from the company.
Furthermore, a company can avoid compensation claims if they maintain proper health and safety procedures in the first place.
If you want to discuss a claim, you can call Accident Advice Helpline 24 hours a day where we can talk about your claim and give you the information you need to decide if you want to pursue it. With 13 years of experience we can get you the compensation you deserve!
Date Published: October 15, 2013
Author: David Brown