I Slipped On Stairs At Work – What Could I Claim?
Have you slipped on the stairs at work and suffered injuries? This guide explains the compensation that could be awarded if you make a successful personal injury claim against your employer.
Employers have a legal responsibility to keep workers safe through all reasonable means. We discuss the legislation behind this duty of care and outline what makes a workplace injury claim eligible.
As the guide continues, we cover some examples of injuries that could be suffered in a stairway slip and note what evidence may further your claim.
Finally, we outline the positives of representation from an accident at work solicitor from our panel. You can learn more about making a No Win No Fee claim by talking to our advisors. To make the most of this free service, choose any of these options:
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- Related Slip, Trip And Fall Claim Guides
If your personal injury claim wins, you could receive compensation addressing the impact of your injuries.
Firstly, your payout could include general damages. This would account for the physical pain, and mental suffering suffered when you slipped on the stairs at work.
Legal professionals will consider the nature and severity of your injuries when working towards a valuation of your general damages. They might lean on the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) for insight. This document is a collection of guideline brackets with different compensation values dependent on the nature and extent of an injury.
We have put together the table below for you to use as a guide. While these figures come from the JCG, they do not guarantee a figure you would receive if your claim wins.
|Head||Moderate (ii)||£90,720 to £150,110||The ability to work is greatly reduced, if not removed. A moderate to modest intellectual deficit occurs.|
|Back||Severe (ii)||£74,160 to £88,430||Features of such injuries include impaired mobility, affected bladder and bowel function, sexual difficulties, unsightly scarring caused by nerve root damage.|
|Knee||Severe (ii)||£52,120 to £69,730||A leg fracture extending into the knee joint. The injured person is at risk of osteoarthritis.|
|Ankle||Very Severe||£50,060 to £69,700||Limited examples of unusual injuries appear in the bracket for example transmalleolar fracture of the ankle with extensive soft-tissue damage.|
|Arm||Injuries Resulting in Permanent and Substantial Disablement||£39,170 to £59,860||Serious fractures to either one or two forearms. There is a significant residual disability which is permanent.|
|Leg||Severe (iii)||£39,200 to £54,830||Injuries result in prolonged treatment, instability, scarring, a lengthy period where the leg cannot bear weight, and a near certainty of oncoming arthritis.|
|Shoulder||Severe||£19,200 to £48,030||Often associated with neck injuries and involving brachial plexus damage, resulting in significant disability.|
|Foot||Serious||£24,990 to £39,200||Cases leading to continuing pain due to traumatic arthritis or a risk of future arthritis, fusion surgery and prolonged treatment.|
|Neck||Moderate (i)||£24,990 to £38,490||Injuries like fractures or dislocations that cause severe immediate symptoms and could necessitate spinal fusion. Chronic conditions are also included.|
|Wrist||Injury Resulting in Significant Disability||£24,500 to £39,170||Disability is permanent. However, some useful movement remains.|
Additional Forms Of Damages
You may have been affected financially by your injuries as well. If that is the case, special damages may be able to join general damages in forming your settlement.
Be sure to keep receipts, payslips, statements and any other documents that show you lost or could not earn money. Among other things, you could seek compensation for:
- Medical charges.
- Prescription costs.
- Fees for mobility aids.
- Home healthcare payments.
- A loss of earnings from being unable to work.
If you have any questions about how you could be compensated for slipping on the stairs while at work, just give us a call. An advisor can help you get up to speed on the different damages you could seek payment for.
Being hurt by falling down the stairs at work is not necessarily your employer’s fault. However, they may be liable if the accident happened because they failed to uphold the duty of care set out by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. As stated by Section 2 of the Act, your employer must take reasonable and practicable action to ensure employee safety in the workplace.
To have a viable personal injury claim for a fall at work, you must show that:
- Your employer owed you a duty of care.
- They breached this duty.
- The breach led to an accident that inflicted physical and/or mental harm.
These criteria form the definition of negligence in tort law; your claim needs to prove employer negligence to be eligible and have a chance of leading to a settlement.
How Long Do You Have To Claim?
It is also important to start the claim in time. The general time frame set out by The Limitation Act 1980 is three years, but there may be some occasions in which someone can start legal action beyond the typical deadline.
You can get in touch today to discuss your case and see if you have valid grounds to claim compensation for having slipped on the stairs at work. An advisor can also help you confirm the time limit for your claim.
A heavy fall could happen for many different reasons and has the potential to inflict harm on numerous parts of the body. These examples show how an employer breaching their duty of care could lead to an accident.
- A spillage on the staircase is not cleaned up, and workers are not warned of the slippery surface. An employee loses their footing and falls, suffering a serious back injury and a broken wrist.
- An employer does not act to address a ceiling leak they had been made aware of by employees. The leak leads to a small puddle forming on the stairs, which a worker slips on. They break their leg, and are diagnosed with soft tissue knee and ankle injuries.
- A stairway on a building site is made slippery because of ice, but an employer does not ensure the area is gritted or salted. An employee with no other route up to their working area falls on the ice, falling backwards and sustaining a head injury.
If you have slipped on the stairs at work and believe your employer may be liable, please call the number above and share your experience so an advisor can lend a hand.
If you have a valid claim for an accident at work, the more proof you have of an employer’s negligence and your injuries, the better your chances are. Try to find as many of the following as possible:
- A copy of the report you made in your workplace’s accident log book.
- Video footage of the incident, possibly from CCTV.
- Photos of the scene.
- Medical records and test results.
- Witness details.
A solicitor could also help you piece together evidence for your case. To learn more, give us a call and discuss your claim with an advisor.
Helping with evidence collection is just one of the roles an expert solicitor can fulfil during a personal injury claim for falling down the stairs at work. If you have a valid case, you could be represented by a solicitor from our vastly experienced panel. They may offer their services under a Conditional Fee Agreement, a type of No Win No Fee contract. It means that you won’t pay fees for their work:
- Before the case.
- As it progresses.
- At the end, if you lose.
Winning the case would entitle the solicitor to a success fee. Rather than asking for a payment, they would collect a small percentage of the compensation awarded to you. The majority of the award is guaranteed to be earmarked for you because the solicitor’s share has a cap set by The Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2013.
You can talk to an advisor today or at any time of your choosing, if you want to know more about workplace accident claims. As well as discussing the ins and outs of the personal injury claim process, an advisor could help you discover if you have grounds to seek compensation. And if you do, you could be connected to one of the solicitors from our panel. Our advisors are ready and waiting to help, so please do not hesitate to either:
Finally, take a look through some of our other guides:
- Can you sue your employer while still working for them? This guide explains claims against a current workplace.
- If you have fallen from a broken ladder at work, read this guide on what you can do next.
- A wider guide to slip, trip and fall compensation claims.
These resources are also relevant to the topic:
- NHS advice on when to call 999 if you are injured.
- Government guidance on when you can seek Statutory Sick Pay for a work absence.
- Information on reducing the risk of slips on the stairs from the Health and Safety Executive.
Thank you for reading our guide. If you slipped on the stairs at work and want to discuss a possible personal injury claim, please call or go online to arrange contact.