Slip, Trip or Fall

A slip, trip or fall can lead to serious injuries. If you’ve fallen because of the negligence of a person or organisation, you could claim compensation.


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Compensation claims for a slip, trip or fall

Slips, trips and falls can be relatively minor, resulting in a scraped knee or some bruising. But they can also be serious accidents, causing head injuries and other serious injuries.

If you’ve had a fall in a public place, you could be able to claim compensation. This is because someone may have been responsible for your fall.

Organisations that don’t ensure their premises are clear of slip and trip hazards can be held accountable for any accidents that then happen. You could then make a claim against them to help your recovery.

Who is responsible for a slip, trip or fall?

Who’s responsible for your accident will depend on where and why it happened.

For example, if you slip on a liquid spill in a supermarket without any warning signs, the supermarket will be responsible as they did not clean it up quickly enough. If you trip on an uneven pavement, the local council could be held accountable as they did not ensure the surface was safe.

Meanwhile, if you fall down a staircase in a public building that has been poorly maintained or badly lit, the building owner could be responsible. And if you fall from a height from unsafe scaffolding at work, your employer could be liable for not making sure you were safe.

If you aren’t sure whether you have a claim or who might be responsible, just get in touch and our friendly claims advisors will help you make sense of the situation.

Where might I have a slip, trip or fall?

Slips and trips are the most common kind of accident at work. The Health and Safety Executive has reported that in 2018/19, slips, trips or falls on the same level accounted for 29% of all non-fatal accidents at work. Meanwhile, falls from a height made up 8% of those accidents.

But workplaces aren’t the only place you might slip, trip or fall. You might suffer an injury after a fall in any public place – from a museum to a gym, a restaurant to a car park. In each of these cases, someone is responsible for ensuring the safety of visitors – and they have been negligent in their duty of care.

And it’s not just you who might get hurt. Your child may end up injured after a fall at school. With hazards like play equipment that may not have been properly maintained, uneven surfaces and wet floors, schools need to ensure they are taking all the necessary precautions to keep your children safe. If they don’t, you could be able to make a claim against them.

How much compensation can I claim for a slip, trip or fall?

The amount of compensation you could claim after a slip, trip or fall accident will depend on your unique situation.

It will take into account the circumstances of your accident, the severity of your injury and how much of an impact it is expected to have on your daily life.

For a rough idea of what you might be entitled to, you can try our compensation calculator or you could get in touch with our claims team, who will be happy to talk you through what happened.

Compensation for a successful claim will be split into general damages and special damages. General damages cover the pain and suffering you’ve been through after your injury – both physical and mental. Special damages compensate you for any financial loss you’ve suffered as a direct result of your accident, such as medical treatment, loss of earnings and damaged property.

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  • In these cases brain damage, if any, will be minimal.
  • Where a good recovery has been made but symptoms such as poor concentration and memory problems continue.
  • Where ability to work is reduced and there is a risk of epilepsy.
  • The injured person is very seriously disabled and is dependent on others.
  • Epilepsy has been caused as a consequence of the injury.
  • Affecting the ability to cope with life and/or work or affecting relationships with family and friends.
  • The injured person largely recovers within two years.
  • Injury causes effects that cause significant disability for the foreseeable future, or permanently.
  • In consequence of defective permanent waving etc. where effects are dermatitis or hair loss leading to distress and effects on social life.
  • Where hair has been pulled out leaving bald patches, or stress-induced alopecia with full recovery within two years.
  • Resulting in pain and temporary interference with vision.
  • Permanent impairment of vision in one or both eyes.
  • Total loss of sight in one eye and reduced vision or other problems with the other eye
  • Total loss of sight in one eye only.
  • Mild tinnitus with some hearing loss
  • With noise induced hearing loss, or moderate to severe tinnitus, or noise induced hearing loss alone.
  • With noise induced hearing loss
  • With or without associated problems such as tinnitus, dizziness or headaches.
  • With or without the speech being affected, or tinnitus.
  • Full recovery with no surgery required.
  • Where recovery is complete after surgery
  • Injuries requiring a number of operations and/or resulting in permanent damage.
  • Simple fracture of the cheekbone, which will fully recover without surgery.
  • Simple fracture of the cheekbone requiring some reconstructive surgery, but with full recovery and little or no cosmetic effects.
  • Serious fractures causing lasting effects such as burning/prickling sensation or an element of disfigurement.
  • Requiring immobilisation but recovery is complete.
  • Serious injury causing permanent damage, such as difficulty eating or opening the mouth.
  • Very serious multiple fractures requiring prolonged treatment. Permanent effects such as severe pain, restricted eating.
  • Assessed per tooth.
  • Single tooth only.
  • Extends over a number of years, including significant deterioration of overall condition of the teeth.
  • Where full recovery takes place between nine months and one year.
  • Fractures or dislocations which cause severe immediate symptoms and chronic conditions, leading to impaired function or limitation of activities.
  • Injuries usually involving serious fractures or disc damage leading to disability, such as substantial loss of movement or loss of function in one or more limbs.
  • Caused by asbestos
  • Varying levels of respiratory disability and reduced lung function (1-10% and in excess of 10%)
  • Severe pain and impairment of the pleura (lung lining) or the peritoneum (lining of the abdominal cavity), affecting function and quality of life.
  • Causing respiratory disability attributed to asbestos exposure.
  • Causing permanent damage, impairment of function, physical disability and reduction of life expectancy.
  • Such as soft tissue damage causing considerable pain but recovery almost complete within two years.
  • Such as frozen shoulder causing limitation of movement and discomfort for up to two years.
  • Causing pain in shoulder and neck, aching in elbow, weakness of arm and hand.
  • Involving damage to the brachial plexus and resulting in significant disability.
  • Temporary or permanent disability as a result of a fracture.
  • Such as strains, sprains, disc prolapses and soft tissue injuries.
  • Such as disturbances of ligaments and muscles causing backache, or compression fracture.
  • Injuries causing severe pain and disability, including impaired bladder, bowel and sexual function.
  • Resulting in significant or permanent disability
  • Most elbow injuries such as simple fractures, laceration and tennis elbow, not resulting in permanent damage or impairment.
  • Injuries causing impairment of function but not involving major surgery or significant disabilty
  • Injuries such as deep lacerations, soft tissue wounds or crush injuries, all recovering within six months.
  • Resulting in impairment of grip or reduced mechanical function. Partial amputations resulting in deformity.
  • Injuries such as a thumb being severed and re-attached, leaving it with little use, amputation of the tip or at the joint of the thumb. Nerve damage or fracture resulting in impaired grip or dexterity.
  • Amputation resulting in very little use and weak grip.
  • Amputation due to crush injuries, or loss of a significant part of the hand due to traumatic injury.
  • Serious injury resulting in extensive damage to both hands, effectively leaving them with little use.
  • Caused by repeated vibration, damage to hands including impaired grip, dexterity and frequent pain.
  • Such as an uncomplicated fracture with full or virtual recovery.
  • Injuries resulting in significant permanent disability, but some useful movement remains.
  • Injuries causing some permanent disability, such as persistent pain and stiffness.
  • Resulting in complete loss of function in the wrist, for example when an arthrodesis has been performed.
  • Such as a broken femur, tibia or fibular
  • Serious fracture or injuries to joints or ligaments, scarring, instability and lengthy treatment required.
  • Fractures where a full recovery is not made.
  • Loss of a leg below the knee
  • Loss of a leg above the knee
  • Both legs being lost above the knee, below the knee, or where one leg has been lost above the knee and the other below.
  • Torn cartilage or meniscus, laceration, twisting and bruising. May be full recovery, or continued aches and pains.
  • Injury or damage causing mild disability or continuing pain, discomfort or limited movement that may require future surgery.
  • Fractures, joint or ligament damage causing constant pain, impairing movement and agility. Requiring prolonged treatment, the injured person will be prone to osteoarthritis.
  • Including fractures where there is full recovery within two years.
  • Significant injury but any permanent disability is not major. Injury may require a hip replacement.
  • Such as extensive fractures resulting in substantial disabilities.
  • Simple metatarsal fractures, ruptured ligaments.
  • Displaced metatarsal fractures resulting in permanent deformity.
  • Fractures to feet resulting in restricted mobility and /or considerable continuing pain.
  • Crush or multiple fractures to two or more toes, resulting in permanent disability.
  • Undisplaced fractures, sprains and ligament injuries.
  • For fractures and ligament tears resulting in moderate disability, such as difficulty walking on uneven ground or on stairs.
  • Injuries involving long periods of treatment, long period in plaster and some permanent disability.

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There are other types of compensation you could be awarded through your accident such as loss of earnings or damage to property. The estimates given here are simply for your personal injury claim.

First4Lawyers' solicitors will be able to give you the best idea of the amount you should expect from your individual injury.

It is important to keep in mind that every case is different and the advice and estimates you'll be given, once your case has started, will be tailored specifically for your case.

How can I fund a slip, trip or fall claim?

At First4Lawyers, we understand how stressful it is to have an accident that wasn’t your fault. We also understand that it could place pressure on your finances.

Our No Win No Fee service means that you don’t have to worry about how you’ll fund a compensation claim. With this agreement, you don’t have to pay your solicitor upfront and you’ll only pay their legal fees if your claim is successful.

This allows you to focus on your recovery rather than on funding your claim.

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Our No Win No Fee solicitors will take a success fee from the compensation you are awarded for a successful claim in the form of a percentage of your damages. This could be up to 25% but it won't be more than that, except in cases of road traffic accidents. Changing laws mean our solicitors will now take a payment of 30% of the final compensation amount plus VAT for all road traffic accident claims.

First4Lawyers are an award-winning claims management company with a track record of delivering service that our clients love.

How long do I have to make a claim?

In the majority of slip, trip and fall cases, you will have three years to make a claim from the date of the accident. Although that may sound like a long time, it’s always a good idea to start your claim as soon as possible.

This will make it more straightforward to get hold of any evidence you may need to strengthen your claim. For example, some organisations record over old CCTV footage. This could lead to video proof of your accident being wiped out if you don’t act quickly.

Once your claim has begun, you don’t have to worry about a deadline to have it concluded by. There are no time limits for the process of making a claim.

If you have any questions about the process of making a compensation claim for a slip, trip or fall, just get in touch. Our team of claims advisors will talk you through your options and help you decide on the right next step for you. Just give us a call, request a call back or start your claim online.

Why choose First4Lawyers?

Whether you want to make an accident and injury claim, or need a solicitor for personal or business law matters - our friendly team are here to help, 24/7.

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