If you’ve suffered a slip or trip in the workplace, you could be lucky enough to escape with cuts and bruises, or you may suffer a more serious injury with long-term consequences, such as an injury to your back, neck, shoulders or even your wrists – most people brace themselves with their arms when they fall and you can cause serious damage to your wrists and hands. It’s your employer’s duty to keep you safe at work, so if you feel your slip or trip was caused by their negligence, it’s time to take action and make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Assigning blame for slip or trip accidents
The first step in any claim for compensation is working out who is to blame for your accident. If you slipped on files that were blocking a passageway, this is negligent and your employer could be held liable. If however, your fall is caused by teetering along the hallway in 5-inch heels, your employer is unlikely to be responsible! Most slips or trips are caused by the following hazards at work:
- Wet floors
- Uneven surfaces such as loose carpet tiles or cables underneath tiles
- Cables stretched across floor
- Hazards in walkways such as files or boxes
- People rushing and not looking where they are going
There can be other, secondary injuries caused by a slip or trip too – for example, if you are carrying hot liquid such as tea or coffee, you could suffer a scald or burn. If you fall onto something sharp you may suffer lacerations. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we can offer you advice on your claim for compensation and can usually tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim. We’ll then work to prove your employer was responsible.
How we can help
When making a claim for compensation, you’ll need to appoint a specialist personal injury lawyer, and that’s where Accident Advice Helpline can help you. Our team of personal injury compensation specialists have years’ of experience in the industry and because we’re accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and recommended by our patron, Esther Rantzen, you know you can trust us. We offer all our customers a 100% no win, no fee* service so you don’t need to worry about coming up with cash for expensive legal fees upfront – you won’t pay a penny unless your claim is successful. Whether you have suffered a serious injury that has affected your ability to work or a minor injury which has still led to suffering and time off work, we can help you.