Fell Down The Stairs At Work: Can I Claim?
If you have fallen down the stairs while at work, you may feel unsure about whether you can claim. However, it is important to remember that all employers have a duty to ensure the safety of their employees in the workplace. To do this, employers must follow the health and safety guidelines that are relevant to their industry.
These guidelines are outlined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and there are variations depending upon the type of work that you do. The Health and Safety Executive outlines important steps that employers should take to ensure employee safety while using the stairs at work.
However, the guidelines will outline that it is unsafe in all workplaces to have hazards which could cause a slip, trip and fall accident. For example:
- The stairs that you travel down should not be unevenly raised as this could cause someone to slip.
- The bannister must be stably attached to decrease the likelihood of an accident occurring.
- If your employer has failed to ensure that the stairs at your workplace are safe and you have fallen down them, you could potentially claim. To find out whether you can make a claim for fallen down the stairs at work compensation, speak to our team.
As long as the accident was not your fault, you are probably eligible to claim. If you would like to make a personal injury claim, there is usually a three-year time limit that you have to abide by. This time limit starts on the date that the accident happened. You should therefore contact a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible.ELIGIBILITY CHECKER
Fallen Down The Stairs At Work: Evidence
There is certain evidence that you should try and collect in order to increase the chances of your case being successful:
- You should immediately seek medical attention. This attention may only go as far as receiving help from the first aider on site or you may have to go to hospital. Either way, this will secure your health but it will also create a paper trail, outlining that you have been injured in an accident.
- You should report the accident to your supervisor so that they can ensure that everyone is aware that an accident has occurred and to be vigilant.
- Your supervisor should prompt you to write the incident down in the work accident book. It is a legal requirement for all businesses to have an accident book, where you can note down the details of any accidents that occur. If they do not prompt you to do this, you should ask anyway.
- If they refuse to tell you where it is or refuse to let you write down what happened, you should send an email to your supervisor, as well as any other relevant parties, outlining what happened. This email can act as a record of the incident in place of the accident book account.
- If you have fallen down the stairs at work, you should take photographs to highlight the hazard. If you fell because the stairs are unequally raised, you should use a ruler to highlight this discrepancy in your photographs.
- If you are unable to take photographs yourself, perhaps due to having to go to the hospital, you should ask a trusted co-worker to do this for you. You should also take photographs of your injuries if this is possible.
- You should ask any co-workers who saw the accident if they would be happy to give a witness statement in the future. You should take their contact details if you don’t have them already, so that they can be called upon to give a statement at a later date.
Fell Down The Stairs At Work Compensation
All personal injury cases are unique and so the amount of compensation that is awarded in each case is also unique. The amount of compensation that is awarded is determined by looking at two specific factors – general damages and special damages.
The pain and suffering that your injuries have caused is the main factor that is used to determine how much compensation you are owed. This will usually be determined by undergoing a medical examination, from which a report is created that outlines the length of time the injuries will take to heal as well as their severity.
Our compensation calculator gives an indication of how much you might be entitled to based upon your injuries. Jefferies Solicitors will take these different details relating to your injury into account when calculating how much compensation you should be awarded, which will then be put forward to the opposing side and the judge.
However, compensation also takes into account any financial losses that you might have suffered as a result of yourinjuries, such as a loss of earnings due to being unable to return to work. If you have had to pay for treatment or travel to treatment, compensation may also be able to cover this as well. Therefore, you should keep any receipts or other documents that help to outline the extent of your financial losses, as caused by your accident/injuries.
Contact Jefferies Solicitors Today
Our experts at Jefferies Solicitors are well experienced in dealing with a range of different case types. We understand how traumatic sustaining an injury can be and so we want to make the process of claiming compensation as stress free as possible. No matter where you are located throughout England and Wales, we can help process your case.
At first, we will need some initial details about the specifics of your injuries and how this has impacted upon your life. Please contact us today on 0800 342 3206 or through our online form to get started. A member of our team will quickly be in touch to discuss your case, confidentiality is ensured with all our clients.