Slip and Trip ClaimsInjured in an accident at work?
Slip Hazards at Work
If you’ve been injured in a slip or trip at work which has kept you returning to work, then you may have a claim for compensation with Mercury Legal Online. Our accident at work solicitors provide free claims advice for people who’ve been injured by a slip, trip or fall at work. Speak to our claims team free on 0800 122 3130 or request a free call back. They will be able to discuss your injuries, your prospects on making a claim and how you can make a No Win No Fee claim for compensation
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) an estimated 1.9 million days are lost to slips, trips and manual handling injuries in 2014. Slips and trips at work can cause serious injuries resulting in fractures, lacerations, concussion and serious brain injuries. The HSE reports that a third of all injuries caused by a slip or trip at work result on the employee missing work for longer than seven days.
Slip and trips at work
More than half of all reported slips and trips at work occur in health and social care, however other occupations more at risk of slip and trip injuries include:
- Nursing and healthcare
- Restaurants and food preparation
- Agriculture and farming
- Water supply and waste
Trip and slip injuries
Slip injuries at work can be serious if someone falls onto a hard surface or object, such as a packing crate, table or piece of heavy machinery. Serious slips or trips can result in fractured hands and wrists, sprains and deep lacerations.
Falls can also result in back injuries such as herniated disks, broken vertebrae or injuries to the spinal cord. They can also result in brain damage, particularly if the person fell against heavy objects such as machinery, building materials or catering tables.
What should you do if you’ve had an accident?
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, employees must take reasonable care of themselves at work. However slips and trips at work are often never intentional and can be result of negligence by an employer. This includes not acting on a reported slip hazard, taking adequate action to contain hazardous materials (including oils, water, cardboard and waste) or providing an employee with appropriate anti-slip footwear.
If you’ve slipped at work that has kept you from working for three consecutive days, then you need to report it to your employer so they can record it in their accident book. If its kept you from work for longer than seven days, if you needed to be admitted to hospital or you were concussed or broke a bone, then it is their duty to make a RIDDOR report.
Can you make a slip or trip claim?
If you are suffering from a serious injury from a slip or trip at work, you should also seek advice about making a claim for compensation. Call 0800 122 3130 or request a free call back and we will be able to talk to you about making a No Win, No Fee claim for compensation.
Claiming For Accidents At Work
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