Slips and trips are the most common type of injury employees can sustain at work. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimates an average of 40% of all reported major injuries to be slips, trips and falls accidents at work despite them being preventable.
At Garratts, we specialise in slips, trips and falls compensation claims for injuries at work resulting from an employers’ negligent behaviour. Speak to our team on 0161 665 3502, or contact us online to receive a free, no-obligation consultation.
What are the different types of slips, trips and falls accidents at work?
Slips, trips and falls can result in various types of injuries, from minor to severe. Employees may present with the following:
What should employers do to prevent slips and trips at work?
By law, UK employers have a duty of care to manage health and safety risks at their employees’ workplace. The HSE advises employers to regularly run risk assessments to avoid accidents like trips and falls from happening. Should any hazards be highlighted by the risk assessment, employers need to implement safety and control measures. As part of this, employers should prompt their employees to highlight any potential hazards, i.e. by using the HSE hazard-spotting checklist.
How do I make a claim for compensation for my slips, trips and falls accident?
To increase your chances of receiving adequate compensation, you will need to share evidence about your slip, trip or fall accident at work with our team of specialist personal injury solicitors. Employment laws are in place to protect you in the event of claiming against your employer. At Garratts, we understand the claims process and will help guide you through every step.
You can determine if your claim is eligible by getting in touch with our team for a free initial consultation. We also recommend you collect the following evidence:
- Record the accident within your employer's accident book
- List the names and addresses of any witnesses
- Obtain photographs of the accident scene
- Ask your employer to support you with your recovery
- Inform the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) of the accident
Once we have received your documents, we will carry out a thorough review and advise you as to whether we feel it’s worth pursuing your compensation claim. Should you decide to continue with the process, we will file a claim against those responsible. We will undertake all negotiations, and we will also represent you in court if required. Please be advised that most of our personal injury claims are dealt with via out of court settlements.
How much will my slips, trips and falls claim be worth?
The value of your claim will heavily depend upon the severity of your injury, the circumstances of your accident and your recovery chances. At Garratts, we will always aim to get you the highest value to compensate for any loss of earnings, leave of absence from work and the impact your accident has had on your quality of life.
How long will the compensation claims process take?
The duration of the claims process varies on a case-by-case basis, but it is usually resolved within 12 months of submitting your claim. More complex cases are expected to take longer.