Learn When You Could Make A Slip, Trip, Or Fall Injury Claim

By Stephen Moreau. Last Updated 12th March 2024. If you were injured after tripping or falling due to somebody else breaching their duty of care, you may be wondering if you could make a slip, trip, or fall injury claim.

In this guide, we’ll explain how slip and fall at work settlements may be calculated. We’ll also discuss what the average payout is for a slip and fall in the UK. We’ll talk about how much compensation you could potentially receive if you are able to claim for a slip, trip or fall accident that was caused by another party’s negligence.

Have you been injured because of a slip, trip or fall accident that was not your fault? Then you could be entitled to claim compensation for slip, trip and fall injuries. Trust UK Law’s excellent panel of personal injury claims solicitors to handle your case.

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Can I Claim For A Slip, Trip, Or Fall Injury?

If you were injured after a slip, trip, or fall, you might be wondering if you could claim compensation. To do this, you need to be able to show that negligence has occurred.

For the purposes of a personal injury claim, negligence occurs when:

  • You are owed a duty of care
  • This duty is breached
  • You are injured as a result

A duty of care is a responsibility for someone else’s health and safety. Who owes you a duty of care and how this duty should be upheld can change depending on where you are. 

For example, when you’re at work, your employer owes you a duty of care. This is outlined by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA), which states that they need to take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure your safety while working. 

Another example comes under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 (OLA). Under this legislation, those in control of public spaces need to ensure the reasonable safety of visitors. 

To find out if you could make a claim, contact our team of advisors today. Or, read on to learn about the average payout for a slip and fall in the UK.

What Is The Average Payout For A Slip And Fall In The UK?

Personal injury compensation can typically be split into two heads of claim: general damages and special damages. The first head of claim, general damages, is aimed towards your injuries and the way they affect your life. This includes both physical and psychological injuries. All successful claimants will receive general damages.

When solicitors and other legal professionals calculate compensation under this heading, they often refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This is a document that offers guideline compensation amounts for a number of different injuries. You can find some examples of the amounts listed in the 16th edition of the JCG in the table below.

It is important to note that compensation for slip, trip and fall claims is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Please only use the figures below as a guide. Also take note that the first entry in this table is an estimated figure that is not based on the JCG.

Part of body injured Severity Notes on this injury Compensation
Multiple Serious Injuries With Special Damages Serious If the slip, trip or fall you’re claiming for has caused multiple serious injuries, then your payout may cover all of these plus special damages such as loss of earnings. Up to £750,000+
Head Severe Serious head injuries causing brain damaage. At this level the injured part may require constant care. £282,010 to £403,990
Head Moderate (i) This may include more ‘moderate’ levels of brain injuries. Symptoms may be less severe than in cases of serious injuries. £150,110 to £219,070
Facial scarring Very severe To be eligible for this category of claim the scarring must be severe and affect those between teenage years to the early thirties. £29,780 to £97,330
Leg or legs Moderate (b) (iv) Such injuries could include a fracture or multiple fractures of the legs. May include crushing injuries. £27,760 to £39,200
Arm or arms Less Severe The injured party may be left disabled to a degree. However, some level of recovery either has or will take place. £19,200 to £39,170
Neck Moderate This may include different forms of injury which affect any part of the neck inclulding the bones and soft tissues. £24,990 to £38,490
Back Moderate A ‘moderate’ injury may cover many different types of injury at different levels of severity within the category of ‘moderate’. May include injuries to the bones or soft tissues, or to the spinal coloumn. £12,510 to £38,490
Knee Moderate (i) Moderate covers a wide variety of different potential injuries to the knee joint. £14,840 to £26,190
Facial fracture Facial Fracture (b) The claimant may have sustained a degree of facial deformity which is permanent. £14,900 to £23,950

Some slip and fall compensation amounts also include special damages. This head of claim addresses the financial losses that you have endured as a result of your injuries. For example, this could include lost earnings, or travel costs to and from hospital appointments.

This heading can also cover:

  •   The cost of domestic help, such as help with cleaning or cooking.
  •   Childcare costs.
  •   The cost of home adjustments, such as the installation of a stairlift.
  •   Mobility aid costs, like wheelchairs or a cane.
  •   Prescriptions and over-the-counter medication expenses.

It’s important to note that in order to claim under this heading, you have to be able to provide evidence to prove your losses. Because of this, it can be a good idea to keep any invoices or receipts related to your injuries.

Contact our team of advisors today for a free valuation of your potential personal injury claim.

Can A Slip And Fall Accident Lawyer Help Me Gather Evidence?

All slips, trips and falls claims must be supported with sufficient evidence that proves you suffered your injury due to a relevant third party breaching their duty of care. Some examples of evidence that could help support a personal injury claim include:

  • Photographs of the accident scene. For example, if you tripped over uneven pavement, you could photograph this.
  • A copy of your medical records with information about the nature of your injuries and the treatment required.
  • The contact information of any witnesses to the accident so they can give a statement later into the claiming process.
  • Videos of the accident, such as CCTV footage.

You may wish to instruct a slip and fall accident lawyer to help you. Our panel of No Win No Fee lawyers have years of experience with personal injury claims. One of them could help gather the evidence for your trip claim. Get in touch with one of our advisors for a free claim check. If it seems like you have a strong case, you could be passed onto a lawyer from our panel.

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How Long Do I Have To Make A Personal Injury Claim?

Generally, you need to start your claim for a fall within 3 years, in line with the personal injury claims time limit. The time starts either from the date of your injury or from the date of knowledge. The date of knowledge is the date you either were made aware of your injury (if this was not the accident date) or the date you became aware you were injured due to negligence. However, there are exceptions to the time limit, which can be found in the Limitations Act 1980.

Those with reduced mental capacity have the time limit suspended. The time limit only applies again when or if mental capacity is back to normal. However, a ligation friend can claim on their behalf before this point.

If the claimant is under 18 years old, the 3-year time limit does not apply until they turn 18. However, a fall claim could still be made using the help of a litigation friend.

Contact UK Law for more information today. We can tell you if you’re still eligible for fall compensation.

Make A Slip, Trip, Or Fall Injury Claim With A No Win No Fee Solicitor

If you contact our advisors about your potential slip, trip or fall compensation claim, they could review your case and, if they determine you have a valid claim, they could connect you with a solicitor from our panel. Our panel of solicitors can support personal injury compensation claims under a type of No Win No Fee agreement that’s called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).

Claiming with a solicitor under a CFA brings several benefits. One is that you won’t need to pay your solicitor at the start of your claim or while it’s being processed for their services. You also won’t need to pay your solicitor for their work if your claim goes ahead and proves unsuccessful.

If your claim is a success, then your solicitor will take a small, legally capped percentage from the compensation paid out to you. This is commonly called a success fee.

For more advice on claiming compensation with a No Win No Fee solicitor, or to ask about other matters such as the average payout for a slip and fall in the UK, contact our advisors for free today. To reach our team, you can:

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We hope this guide on slip, trip and fall claims and the average payout for a slip and fall in the UK has been helpful. If you have any further queries, please get in touch at any time.