Between October and March, the number of people who require time off work due to a slip, trip or fall related injury rises. If you’ve suffered an injury in an accident that wasn’t your fault then you could be entitled for compensation.
Thinking of making a claim? Here’s what to do if you’ve had an accident this winter.
Slips and Trips: UK Statistics
According to the
Health and Safety Executive, falls, slips and trips accounted for 36% of all employee injuries in 2014/2015. 2.1 million working days were lost because of handling or fall related injuries; although, with the new RIDDOR requirements less than half of non-fatal injuries are correctly reported each year.
These accidents are most common in the transport, storage, manufacturing, and health and social care industries. However, the overall number of these injuries continues to decrease year on year.
Though it’s not just at work that people are injured; more accidents happen at home than anywhere else and trips in public are also very common.
Evidencing Your Injury
If you are considering making a claim then there are a few things you should do to evidence your case and improve your chances of winning compensation.
1. However minor an injury may seem, it is important to report all slips and trips to your local GP. With time, it could develop into something more serious and a doctor may be able to pre-empt this. The doctor will also be asked to provide a medical report to the court to support your claim.
2. Catalogue your injury and the location of the accident with detailed photographs. Do this as soon after the event as possible so that the images show the full extent of your injury and the cause before it is repaired or removed.
3. Write an account of the event while the details are still fresh in your mind. If there were any witnesses, it is a good idea to contact them and ask if they can do the same.
How to Make an Injury Claim
Making a claim for an injury that wasn’t your fault is as easy with the help of Howell’s Solicitors. Simply get in touch with our friendly team of experts and we can arrange a meeting to discuss your personal circumstances. We can then analyse whether you have a claim or not and how we should proceed.
Can’t come to us? No problem. A friendly member of our specialist personal injury lawyers’ team can come to your home, visit you in hospital or even your workplace. Whatever works best for you! You will be assigned a personal point of contact and we’ll settle your case for you quickly, ensuring the highest amount of compensation possible. Should we lose the case, then don’t worry, you won’t pay a penny for our services.
If you would like to arrange a meeting or visit from one of our solicitors please select your nearest Howells branch
here and give us a call.