A fall at work claim may be started by any employee that has been injured from falling at work due to the negligence of another person. You don’t have to be working in a particularly dangerous industry to fall at work and get injured. You could be injured by simply slipping and falling on a wet surface in an office or tripping over a torn carpet or obstacles lying around where they are not supposed to be.
Irrespective of the industry or your role in the workplace, if you suffer injuries as a result of falling at work and if it happened because somebody was negligent in their duties, then you may have grounds for filing a fall at work claim for compensation.
How Employers Can Reduce Fall At Work Claims
According to the law, employers have a duty of care towards their employees. This means they are responsible for putting in place reasonable safety measures in order to protect their employees from any type of accident including falls at work.
Providing adequate protection from falling in the workplace may involve some or all of the following:
- Regular maintenance and repair of the premises, equipment and furniture, particularly broken flooring, torn carpets and wobbly chairs;
- Ensuring that all walking spaces are clear of all obstacles that might cause you to fall including trailing wires;
- Installing anti-skid flooring or handrails for additional protection on sloping surfaces or in places with higher risk of slipping and falling;
- Ensuring ladders, scaffolding and other height-related tools are sturdy and secure;
- Providing proper anti-skid footwear to employees working outdoors on frozen or otherwise slippery surfaces.
If you fall and get injured at work because your employer failed to put proper protective measures in place, you may be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries from your employer.
All employers are legally required to have valid Employer’s Liability insurance so essentially when you file a fall at work claim, you will be dealing with your employer’s insurance company. You will not be dealing with your employer directly. It is important to know this because many people hesitate to file a complaint against their employer for fear that they may be fired from their job if they do.
Claiming Compensation For A Fall At Work Injury
Many employers – not all – will try and squash any notion that they are at fault for your fall at work injuries. They will take steps to cover up their mistakes, making it extremely difficult for you to get any reimbursement for your fall injuries. It will be up to you to provide the court with the necessary evidence to support your claim.
With that in mind there are a few things you must do immediately after a fall at work accident with regards to claiming compensation.
I Slipped And Fell At Work What Should I Do?
- Use your mobile phone and get photographs of the scene. Make sure the photos clearly show the reason for your fall at work claim. If it was because of broken flooring or torn carpeting, the pictures should show this clearly. Get close up pictures that show the extent of what made you fall as well as wider angle shots that give a clearer indication as to where the spot is located.
- Make a detailed written record in the accident log book. All workplaces are supposed to have one on the premises. It is usually kept in the HR office or in the supervisor’s office. Keep one signed copy with you. This copy should cite the date, time and all other details of the fall at work accident, however minor they may seem. This will serve as strong supporting evidence in court.
- Get medical attention for your injuries. Do this even if your injuries seem minor at the time. You may have internal injuries that you are not aware of immediately after the accident and which may become more obvious only after a few days or weeks.
- Maintain a file for your medical records and all medical expenses, from the doctor’s consultation fees (if applicable) and diagnostic tests to medication, surgery if required and long-term rehabilitation. You will need a record of all expenses to calculate your fall at work compensation.
Fall Compensation Calculator
How much compensation you may receive for a fall at work claim will vary from one person to the next. Although there are guidelines set for what amounts of compensation might be paid for different injuries a personal injury solicitor will take into account all of the facts and figures their client provides them with such as how severe the injury is, time taken off sick from work and lost wages because of the fall. So inevitably the best way to calculating compensation for a fall at work is by consulting with an expert solicitor. However to see what average compensation amounts you might be entitled to for your fall injuries please use the compensation calculator below.
How To Win A Fall At Work Injury Claim
Winning a fall at work injury claim for compensation is never easy. You have to be thoroughly conversant with the relevant laws and know all the legal requirements in order to put together a strong case that will hold up in court if liability isn’t admitted. This means knowing what evidence is required, how to present the facts in court to your advantage and how to put forward compelling arguments to counter the insurance company’s arguments in court.
Most important of all, you must file your fall at work claim before the 3-year deadline. Personal injury claims that are filed after 3 years of the accident may not be accepted in court and you will lose all right to compensation.
You have the best chance of winning your claim for compensation if you have a specialist accident at work solicitor to help you file your claim and represent you in court. Most work accident solicitors will listen to your account of what happened during your first meeting, and you can be sure that we always do. Our solicitor will then go through all of your evidence, discuss it with other medical and legal experts if necessary and assess your claim thoroughly. If they find that there is strong evidence of negligence and you have a right to compensation for your injuries, they will agree to take your fall at work claim on.
Your claim will be started without asking you for any upfront fees. We understand that most clients who come to us are already under financial duress from having ongoing medical expenses and other family commitments. To make it easier for claimants to get their due workplace fall injury compensation, we operate using a No Win No Fee agreement. This agreement states that we will bear all expenses associated with the case till after the judgment is passed. You only pay our agreed fee once the court rules in your favour and awards you compensation. The amount you will have to pay as our fee is a prior agreed, set percentage of the total amount awarded to you. This means you will never be out of pocket at any time during the entire process.
If you have any questions at all regarding your fall at work claim or would like to know more on how the process work get in touch today by calling 0800 6524 881 or fill in the form and we’ll call you back at a convenient time.