Slip, Trip or Fall

We understand slips, trips and falls can be painful and embarrassing. If you've fallen because of anything from uneven paving to a supermarket spillage, we might be able to help you get compensation.

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Slips and trips are the most common cause of accident at work and cause around a third of all major personal injuries. They can also lead to more serious accidents, such as falls from height or into machinery. 

According to the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for 2018/19, 29% of all employer-reported accidents were slips, trips or falls. Whether it's an accident at work, or a fall in a public place, if you are injured as a result of someone else's negligence, you have the right to claim compensation.

What qualifies as a slip, trip or fall?

Slips, trips or falls can happen because of things like:

  • Tripping over wires, boxes or litter
  • Falling from height because of something like a faulty ladder
  • Slips on wet or icy surfaces due to a lack of warning signs in the area
  • Trips over uneven paving slabs
  • Tripping down staircases which have been poorly maintained

Who can I claim against?

In most cases of slips, trips or falls you'll find fault lies with whoever is responsible for the location where it happens. For incidents in public spaces, the local council is usually at fault because it’s the council’s responsibility to ensure places are safe to use. Indoors, it’s whoever owns the building – the business owner or, in the case of state-run buildings, the council.

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How much can I claim?

The amounts vary quite a bit because the types of fall you, or anyone, can have can be so different. For minor injuries, such as fractures, you may be entitled to around £3,000, but for some more serious injuries, like severe spinal injury, you could claim as much as £141,150, depending on whether the back or some organs become impaired. See our compensation calculator for further examples.

How long do I have to make a claim?

The short answer is, it depends. Earlier is always better because it means we can help you with your recovery, as well as seeking both compensation and justice, whilst ensuring no one else gets injured by any defect.

But if you're not sure whether you've left it too long, your best bet is to get in touch with us, or request a callback at the top of the screen. One of our advisers will be able to answer all of your questions. 

I’ve suffered a slip, trip or fall. What should I do?

Your priority should be to ensure you seek the right medical attention and make a record of the accident.

Once you’re ready, get in touch with First4Lawyers and we will take care of your claim, and explain our No Win No Fee service.

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Where we offer No Win No Fee services typically customers pay 25% of the amount recovered by our solicitors, although this will be subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may be less than this but it will never be more. Success fees are common practice and they were introduced when the law changed in April 2013.

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

During our initial assessment, we will talk you through the claims process and assess the impact the injury has had on your life. Your case will then be managed by the appropriate specialist who will seek compensation for your injury and any other losses, as well as helping you seek the treatment you need to make a full recovery.

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