Among the most common accidents people suffer are slips, trips and falls. These can happen in a variety of circumstances and situations, and they can happen very quickly as well. One minute you could be walking along without any concerns, and the next you could find yourself flat on the floor. A simple slip can indeed be very painful and could subject you to some nasty injuries.
Some people slip over at work – it’s not just something that can happen in other situations. For example, you might slip over while walking through an office, down some stairs or across a factory floor. In any event, a simple slip can lead to one or more injuries, depending on how you fall.
Was it someone else’s fault?
Your immediate thought when you slip over at work will be whether or not you have been injured. Seeking first aid is a very good idea, even if you initially suspect you might be okay. Some injuries are not felt until afterwards, when the initial shock wears off.
While accidents can always happen and no one is at fault for causing them, this isn’t always the case. In some instances, employers may have been negligent in not ensuring the flooring was safe to walk on, for example. You may have walked across a wet floor that had not been cleaned or signed properly to indicate it was wet. As such, you slipped over and caused yourself injury. That injury could potentially have been prevented.
Making a claim for compensation
Compensation won’t be the first thing on your mind if you have a slip at work. However, if that slip causes you to be injured, you may want to know whether a compensation claim might work in your favour. This may be the case if there is evidence that your employer or another individual was negligent in some way.
To find out more, all you need to do is call the Accident Advice Helpline team on 0800 689 0500 now. This is a free enquiry line and you are under no obligation to take things further once you find out your situation. A professional injury compensation lawyer could however handle your claim on a no win, no fee basis if we believe you do have a good chance to make a successful claim for the injuries you suffered.
Date Published: February 16, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead