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 3 years, then you may be legally entitled to pursue a personal injury compensation claim.
Unfortunately, these types of incidents often occur while people are at work. However, if you’ve been injured whilst working, this shouldn’t prevent you from making a compensation claim. If you’ve been involved in an accident at work in Ceredigion and you weren’t at fault, you should still be able to obtain compensation for the harm you’ve suffered.
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
Claiming after an accident at work in Ceredigion
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.
Let Accident Advice Helpline help you
If you need to make a claim after an accident at work in Ceredigion, contact us now. Simply call us on 0800 689 0500 from your landline, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile and make sure you claim the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: 30th May 2014