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Slips and trips at work claims

The most common types of workplace accident are those resulting from slips, trips or falls.  In 2017/2018 the Health and Safety Executive reported that 31% of non-fatal injuries to employees came from these types of accident.

If you have been injured in a slipping or tripping accident at work you may be able to bring a personal injury compensation claim.

Most tripping accidents happen because of uneven surfaces or because of obstructions left in walkways.  Your employer has a duty to make sure that your workplace is safe, and this includes making sure that you can see where you are walking, and that there are no trailing wires, bins, boxes and other obstructions blocking your path. Walkways must be well-lit.

Employers must maintain floors to a high standard, making sure that they are cleaned.  If surfaces are uneven handrails should be provided and any spillages must be removed swiftly.  A safe workplace environment is something that all employees should expect.

Many tripping and slipping accidents at work will not result in serious injury, but in some cases you may suffer cuts and bruises, bone fractures, concussion, or even brain or spinal injuries.  If this happens you may be able to claim compensation if your employer has not fulfilled its duty of care towards you. 

Read our ‘What should I do if I have been injured at work?’ page to find out what steps you should take after an accident at work.

Case study

Our accident at work lawyers acted for Mr al-Hussein who was injured at work when his foot became entangled in computer cabling which had been left in the area of his workstation following a change in the layout of the office where he worked.  

He suffered a significant back injury which almost three years later, meant that he was in constant and considerable pain and discomfort.  During that time he was unable to work full-time and was facing redundancy.  

We arranged for Mr al-Hussein to be seen by a specialist spinal surgeon and we prepared a breakdown of his claim, including an ongoing loss of earnings claim as well as future treatment costs. Mr al-Hussein settled his claim for £85,000.

Our experienced accident at work claims team can advise you about starting your compensation claim. Please call on 020 7650 1200 or 0161 393 3530 and someone will get back to you. Our lawyers can visit you at home if you are unable to travel to any of our offices.

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