What does negligence mean? Put simply, it means a lack of care. For instance, it might mean an employer has failed to take adequate care in making the workplace safe for their employees. It may also refer to a breach of duty in the same manner. An employee responsible for health and safety may not have fulfilled their duties in handling all health and safety matters in the workplace, for example. If someone tripped due to negligence in the workplace, they would have a right to claim compensation for those injuries.
Thankfully, such cases are still a rarity in the UK today. The Health and Safety at Work Act has made sure a huge majority of employers follow the procedures required of them to make the workplace a safe place to be. This applies to any customers or clients that might have reason to visit the premises as well.
Is a trip really that dangerous?
It can be, although the majority of them will be relatively minor in nature. However, even if you only sustain a minor injury by tripping over, you could still end up struggling to get on with life as you normally would. Even a few days’ pain and discomfort from an injury can be uncomfortable to deal with.
Injuries to one or both feet would be more common in these instances. However, you might also sustain injuries to one or both hands if you try to break your fall. You won’t always fall over if you trip, but you never know what situation you might be in or whether you would completely overbalance.
Accident Advice Helpline could help
Sometimes you may not be able to claim if you tripped over. However, if it can be definitively proven that you tripped due to negligence, you may have a far stronger case. The team at Accident Advice Helpline are best placed to discover the answers for you. If we think you do have a strong claim, we could recommend you to one of our expert lawyers who regularly deal with such cases.
To learn more, you simply have to call 0800 689 0500. Once that’s done, you’ll have a fair idea of what happens next. Our team are trained to make sure you always have access to help, advice and support throughout the process of making such a claim, so call them now.
Date Published: June 19, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead