Slips, trips and falls are some of the most common accidents that cause admissions to accident and emergency departments for treatment. These types of accidents can affect anyone, irrespective of their age, background or environment.
If you, or someone to whom you are close, have suffered a slip, trip or fall-related accident through no fault of your own within the last three years, then you may be legally entitled to pursue a personal injury compensation claim.
Causes of slips, trips and falls
- Wet flooring;
- Slippery surfaces;
- Highly polished floors;
- Loose carpets;
- Uneven flooring;
- Sudden changes in floor height;
- Loose steps;
- Lack of hand rails;
- Poor lighting;
- Obstacles; and
- Trailing wires or cabling.
Injuries caused by slips, trips and falls
Common injuries caused by a slip, trip or fall accident at work in Ceredigion may result in soft tissue injuries. Ligaments are tough tissues that connect bones together across a joint, which allow bones to move without dislocating. Tendons are also strong, connecting muscles to bones and allowing the skeleton to move.
In the event of a slip, trip or fall accident, the sudden and often violent movement of the body can cause these ligaments and tendons to become overstretched and torn, resulting in painful soft tissue-related injuries such as strains and sprains.
Other injuries may include:
- Broken and fractured bones;
- Dislocated bones, especially the hip and shoulder;
- Internal injury;
- Internal bleeding;
- Neck injury;
- Head injury;
- Spinal damage; and
Reporting a slip, trip or fall accident
If you or a colleague have suffered an accident at work in Ceredigion, then it is important that your employer reports the accident correctly in accordance with health and safety legislation.
The date, time, name of casualty, location, cause, treatment and injury sustained should be clearly recorded in an accident book, which is a legal requirement. Ensure that you receive a copy of the relevant entry made in the accident book for your injury.
Seeking medical attention
Any injury to the head or neck should always be investigated as soon as possible by a trained medical practitioner, who will perform a thorough physical examination to ascertain the extent of any injury.
Whiplash is a common injury following a slip, trip or fall-related injury, symptoms for which usually appear six to 24 hours following a slip, trip or fall accident at work in Ceredigion. If neck stiffness, swelling and tenderness are experienced shortly after a slip, trip or fall accident, ensure that medical advice is sought as soon as possible.
Claim with the leading law firm for your accident at work in Ceredigion
Leading law firm Accident Advice Helpline, are always available to provide no-obligation advice about a slip, trip or fall accident at work in Ceredigion. Our helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and your call will be answered swiftly by an adviser who can ascertain your eligibility to make a claim over the phone. To discuss your accident in more detail with one of our expert advisers dial 0800 689 0500 from your land line, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile now.