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Fall At Work Claims

Our free claims guide is here to help you understand why falls at work occur and what you can do if you have suffered a injury at work.

Any accident at work is stressful, as you try to juggle healing from your injury with worrying about how soon you will be able to go back to work and whether there will be any consequences because of your accident, or even whether you will have to go back into the same situation that led to your injury in the first place.

Often, the idea of making a personal injury at work claim can seem like adding another complication and source of stress into an already difficult time. This can be even worse with a fall at work, where many of us are inclined to blame ourselves for being ‘clumsy’. It is your employer’s responsibility to make sure that your workplace is as safe as possible, however, and if your fall at work could have been foreseen and your employer did not take sufficient steps to protect you, you may well be entitled to claim compensation. 

This compensation is important to help you get back to the state that you would have been had the accident not happened. If you have been injured in a fall at work, call us on 0121 565 4317 or claim online to find out whether you may be entitled to claim compensation. We will listen to you, making sure that we understand the causes of your fall at work, the extent of your injuries and the ways in which this has impacted your life. We will then give you our expert free legal advice as to the best way forward in getting you the compensation you deserve.

There are many ways in which it is possible to sustain an injury as a result of a fall at work. Some of these are more common than others, and some are more likely to result in serious injury. Even a small fall can lead to broken bones and complications if you are unlucky. It is important that you seek expert advice on 0121 565 4317 or by claiming online to find out whether you may be eligible to claim.

Common reasons why people have falls at work include:

  • Slips On a Wet Surface
    Spills are a fact of life, and no employer can be held completely responsible for every spilled liquid that happens in the workplace. What is important is that they take sufficient steps to resolve the situation as quickly as possible. This includes making sure that people are looking out for spilled liquids in areas where this is likely, such as near sinks or in bathrooms, that measures are taken quickly to highlight the danger and then to clear up the spill, removing the risk. If a floor has recently been cleaned, for example, then the fact that it is wet and slippery is to be expected and your employer could be expected to ensure that adequate signage is displayed in advance. If you are working with oils or other lubricants, your employer may be expected to ensure that there is a kit easily available to clean up any spillages promptly as these are both likely and dangerous. If these basic steps have not been followed, you are likely to be able to claim that your employer was negligent and receive compensation for your injuries as a result.

  • Trips At Work
    It is important that you are working in a safe environment, and for most workplaces, this means that things are kept clean and tidy. Cables should not be left trailing across large areas of floor, for example, as they represent a trip hazard. Trips can be relatively minor, leading to a bruised knee or skinned palms, or they can be much more serious, potentially including concussions or serious spinal injuries, especially if you hit another object as you fall. If the item you tripped over should have been stored better or was improperly maintained (this usually applies to flooring and outdoor tiles, paving and flagstones), your employer may be considered responsible for your accident (this is known as being held liable). If your employer is liable for your accident, you are entitled to claim compensation for your injuries.

  • Falls From Height
    There are many ways in which it is possible to fall from a height at work. These can include accidents on scaffolding, falling from a ladder or even from a roof. Working at height is inherently dangerous and it is essential that any employer takes all reasonable measures to keep you safe. This includes making sure that you have access to appropriate protective equipment, such as correctly-fitting harnesses, well-maintained ladders and gloves for example. It is also important that you are trained adequately and that this training is refreshed regularly. It is essential that your employer fosters a safe working culture. If members of staff are routinely expected to use a ladder without assistance, reach across large gaps to share equipment when working at height or to ascend without an appropriate harness to save time, your employer is being negligent with your safety and that of your colleagues. Falling from a height can lead to extremely serious consequences, including spinal injury, paralysis and even death, so it is essential that correct procedures are followed at all times when working at height.

It is not unusual for trips, slips and falls at work to result in injuries to the back, spine, hands, arms, shoulders, head feet and legs. These injuries can be as simple as cuts and abrasions or can include dislocations, fractures and other serious conditions. If you have suffered a slip, trip or fall at work and believe that you may have a claim, call us on 0121 565 4317 or claim online. Our experienced claims team of personal injury solicitors will talk you through your experience, making sure that we understand exactly how your accident was caused, the full extent of your injuries and the impact that the accident has had on your life. Once we have all of this information, we will be able to give you an accurate estimate of how much compensation we believe you may be entitled to.

Does This Mean That I Am Blaming My Boss or My Colleagues For My Fall Claim at Work?

No-one wants to feel that they are to blame for a co-worker being injured, and it can be difficult to bring a claim if you know that your colleagues may feel guilty about your fall at work. It is important to remember that your claim is against your employer, and is not pointing fingers at any of your direct colleagues. Even if a co-worker made a mistake that led to your accident, by making a claim you are stating that your employer did not take sufficient steps to ensure your safety. For most of our clients, making a personal injury compensation claim for their fall at work led their employers to pay more attention to safety in the workplace, thereby making the job safer for them and their colleagues.

What If I Get Fired For Starting A Fall At Work Claim?

It is illegal for your employer to dismiss you as a result of you bringing a fall at work claim. They are not allowed to punish you in any way, which includes firing you, passing you over for promotion or changing your duties to less desirable ones in response to your claim. The overwhelming majority of employers would not want to punish an employee for claiming the compensation they need to recover fully after an accident at work. For the small number who might, knowing that you have a specialist team of solicitors working on your fall at work claim may be enough to make them realize that such actions will put them in breach of their obligations under the law again. We will be with you all the way, and will remind your employers of their obligations, should this be necessary. You should never be in a position where you are punished for seeking justice for the injury you have suffered as a result of your fall at work. If you have concerns about this or any other aspect of making a fall at work claim, call us on 0121 565 4317 or claim online. Our expert team will discuss your case with you and ensure that you get the help you need to obtain the compensation you deserve.

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How Much Compensation Can I Get For My Fall At Work Claim?

When making a compensation claim for a fall at work, the amount of compensation you are entitled to will vary according to a number of factors. There are two main parts to your compensation claim. The first is based on the injury you have sustained, and is set down in national guidelines. These guidelines are very broad, to allow for the wide range of individual injuries you might have suffered. This section of the compensation is there to compensate you for the pain and suffering that you have endured as a result of your injury.

The second part of your compensation relates to any expenses, loss of income or potential future costs or losses you might expect. These can include any modifications you may need to make to your home, transport or lifestyle as a result of your injury, for example installing a stairlift if a back injury prevents you from using the stairs after a fall at work. If you have to take time off work to recover, the lost earnings would be included in this aspect of the claim. If your injury as a result of your fall at work is sufficiently severe that you will not be able to return to your previous profession, you may also be able to claim for the loss of potential future earnings.

How To Contact Our Fall At Work Claims Solicitors

Making a claim for compensation following a fall at work need not be stressful or time consuming. Call us on 0121 565 4317 or claim online and let us help you to get the compensation you deserve. We are open 7 days a week and 24 hours a day. All our advice is free and we do home visits also to start your claim. If you want us to call you back, then fill in our online form and we will call you back at a time best suitable for you.

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