how do I make a claim about a slip, trip or fall at work
Many people assume that slips, trips or falls in the workplace will lead only to minor injuries, but these accidents can be very serious so before you contact a specialist personal injury lawyer have your GP check you over.
Although you may make a claim for a slip, trip or fall at work for up to three years after the accident, you should contact a solicitor as soon as practicable. They will be able to advise you of the procedure and if your claim stands a good chance of success.
Make sure your accident and injuries were recorded in the accident book at work and ideally you should get details of any workmates or colleagues who witnessed the incident. If possible, take photographs on you mobile of whatever it was that caused you to slip or trip (e.g. a spillage or obstruction or a poorly maintained surface).
As with all personal injury claims, your lawyer will have to prove that your injury was caused by the negligence of another party. Although it is now up to the injured claimant to prove the employer did indeed breach their duty of care under health and safety legislation, such proof need still only be 'on the balance of probabilities'.
Many victims are reluctant to pursue legal action against an employer for fear of jeopardising their future employment, but the law protects people in these circumstances and an employer cannot dismiss or disadvantage you simply for seeking justified redress.