We all suffer from small trips and falls over the course of our lives. In some cases, the consequences of a serious injury from a fall can be devastating.
A fall can induce pain and/or reduced mobility in any number of body parts, and the effects do not stop at physical damage. They can often provoke long-term mental health struggles as a result of the harm a serious injury can cause to your quality of life. While such incidents may not be reversible, compensation claims can often help to mitigate the impact on a victim’s life, providing recompense for the daily difficulties they now have to face.
A serious injury from a fall can arise in all manner of situations and environments, even in those where the risk is not overt. It is important to equip everyone with information regarding the actions they can take in the aftermath of such an unfortunate event.
Falls in the workplace leading to serious injuries
If you have suffered a serious injury from a fall in your workplace, there are structures in place that can allow you to source compensation for the incident if workplace safety provisions were inadequate, or if any hazards were ignored or neglected.
For example, if a lack of appropriate safety rails on a stairway caused your fall, this gives evidence of a potential risk that was not taken seriously, and this could entitle you to compensation. When it comes to the success of a claim, it is all about whether your employer has breached important health and safety legislation that is in place to protect you.
As specialist injury lawyers, we often encounter prospective clients who are reluctant to claim compensation for a workplace fall, as they believe this may provoke friction between them and their employer. It is, therefore, vital to highlight the following point: employers should have insurance from which you can claim, meaning that the company being sued is not a personal matter, as the injured employee will merely be sourcing compensation from a fund built for this specific purpose. As such, many such claims can be settled amicably without any issues at all.
Serious injury from a fall in public spaces
Indoor public spaces, such as supermarkets and restaurants, can often be mismanaged when it comes to risk mitigation. As such, it is entirely possible that you may suffer a serious injury from a fall in an environment such as this.
For instance, if supermarket staff fail to alert customers to slippery surfaces with a ‘wet floor’ sign, they may be failing to follow appropriate safety measures. The supermarket could, therefore, be held accountable for their negligence should this hazard result in a customer falling and injuring themselves.
In addition, outdoor public surfaces such as roads and pavements are under the jurisdiction of the local council or government authority. They should carry out sufficient inspections and maintenance of these areas to make sure risks are eliminated. However, if a hazard such as a crack or a break in the pavement surface provokes a fall, and the council cannot prove they have adequately mitigated this danger, the injured party could be entitled to claim compensation.
Claiming with The Injury Lawyers
At The Injury Lawyers, we focus on, and specialise in, serious injury compensation claims when it comes to injury cases and the law.
We can help you to avoid incompetence and mismanagement that some non-specialist firms may offer, as we can offer a bespoke claims service that we have developed over our many years of personal injury law experience.
So, if you have suffered a serious injury from a fall, please do not hesitate to contact us.
IMPORTANT: advice on this page is intended to be up-to-date for the 'first published date'.