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Compensation Claims: A Guide to Trips and Slips at Work

Most accidents in the workplace involve trips or slips. 

Quite often the victim will suffer a minor injury and may not even have to take a day off work. Other times, it will result in a sprained ankle or a broken bone. In some very unfortunate cases, the incident can result in a severe disability or even death. If the injury occurred as a result of somebody else failing to take action, then you are entitled to seek financial compensation.

In the UK there are health and safety laws that have been set up to protect employees. Those who hire workers are required to ensure that their workers at not put at risk in the workplace. If you are put into a position of sustaining an injury and it was the fault of another person or your employer, then you may be entitled to claim compensation.

It’s not just workplaces that are traditionally considered dangerous that you need to be wary of. Even the most innocent-looking library, retail space or office can be a minefield of hazards that need to be considered when it comes to your safety.

It’s essential that in all workplaces, regular health and safety risk assessments are performed. Every hazard should be identified and noted so that improvements can be implemented. If these assessments are not performed, and an accident happens, then you should look into filing for payment.

In addition to trips and slips, the other most common workplace injuries include:

  1. Accidents caused by heavy or incorrect lifting
  2. Exposure to hazardous substances that can cause illness or injury
  3. Forklift truck accidents
  4. Industrial hearing damage caused by loud noises
  5. Dangerous machinery accidents and injuries

In order to file for a compensation claim that has a good chance of being successful, you should ensure that you have the following evidence and proof of injury:

  1. Information about the location of the accident and your employer
  2. Proof that the accident caused a new injury (not a reoccurrence of a pre-existing one)
  3. That the injury occurred within the last 36 months
  4. That the injury occurred as a result of employer negligence
  5. Medical reports on your injury and how it has affected you in terms of pain and suffering
  6. Pay slips, loss of earnings.

To get started with your claim for compensation, speak to one of our legal specialists who works in the field of work injury compensation claims on 0800 633 5730.