How To Sue For A Slip or Trip Accident | No Win No Fee Claims

Welcome to our guide on how to sue for a slip or trip accident. Have you been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We’re here to help you understand personal injury claims. 

We understand how devastating the consequences of a slip, trip or fall can be, especially at the hands of someone else’s negligence. However, you could get the compensation you deserve by making a personal injury claim. 

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We’ve tried to cover as much information as possible in our guide. But if you have any questions after reading, our advisors can offer you free legal advice and are available 24/7. You’ll also be under no obligation to proceed with our services after discussing your potential case. 

For more information on how you could sue for slip and fall injury, call us on 0800 408 7827. Otherwise, please continue reading about when you might have a valid claim and where to start. 

About Suing For A Slip or Trip Accident

  1. How To Sue For A Slip Or Trip Accident
  2. What Evidence Do I Need To Sue For A Slip Or Trip Accident?
  3. Does A Doctor Need To Assess My Injury Before I Can Sue?
  4. Work Out How Much You Could Sue For A Slip Or Trip Accident
  5. How To Sue For A Slip Or Trip Accident With A No Win No Fee Solicitor
  6. Learn More About How To Sue For A Slip Or Trip Accident

How To Sue For A Slip Or Trip Accident

Accidents can happen at various times; it’s part of life. However, accidents that could have been prevented can be frustrating. No matter where you are, you have a right to have your health and safety taken seriously.

An employer or the occupier (controller) of a public place has a duty to protect your safety in certain circumstances. If someone has neglected to take their duty of care seriously, you could sue. For example, you could sue if you’re injured because:

  • An employer fails to provide you with the relevant equipment or training to do your job safely.
  • The local council doesn’t act on risk assessment findings of a paving defect in a reasonable amount of time and you trip. 
  • A shop owner leaves stock out where someone can trip over.

As you can see, duty of care can depend on where you have the accident. Generally, the duty of care of employers and occupiers is to do everything reasonably possible to prevent you from coming to harm. 

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 sets out standards for employers. Whilst the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 gives standards of health and safety practice for those in control of a public place. 

Overall, anyone who caused you to suffer an injury could be negligent, and you could sue for a slip trip accident. Call our advisors to find out if you have a claim. 

What Evidence Do I Need To Sue For A Slip Or Trip Accident?

Evidence for an accident is important in a personal injury claim. You’d need to prove the accident caused your injuries and the financial losses you suffered as a consequence of the injuries. Different types of evidence that could be useful include:

  • Witness statements
  • Pictures of the accident scene 
  • Pictures of the injury
  • CCTV footage 
  • Police reports
  • Reports in the accident workbook
  • A written report of the incident after it happened

Evidence to prove your financial losses could include:

  • Receipts
  • Payslips
  • Invoices 
  • Bills

No matter the severity of the injury, you need evidence because without it, it can be difficult to claim back any money lost and be compensated for the suffering inflicted.

For more information on the evidence you’d need to prove your injuries were caused by the accident, see below. 

Does A Doctor Need To Assess My Injury Before I Can Sue?

If you’ve suffered a significant injury, you should seek medical advice regardless of whether you want to make a trip or fall claim. A doctor can assess the severity of the injury and treat it before it leads to any potential complications. Additionally, the medical reports can be helpful in a personal injury claim. 

Although pictures of the injuries and the accident can prove both happened, medical documents help assess how the injuries happened. 

We also recommend an independent medical assessment in addition to the medical documents already provided by your doctor. The reason being, it can provide an additional unbiased medical opinion of the cause of the injuries. The report the assessor produces can also act as a basis for your solicitor (if you choose to use one) to value your injuries. 

See our table below to see the varying degrees of severity of an injury and how the compensation aligns.

Work Out How Much You Could Sue For A Slip Or Trip Accident

Perhaps you’re wondering, ‘How much is pain and suffering worth in a slip and fall?’ If so, our compensation table below gives examples of injuries you could have suffered after a slip, trip or fall. It includes varying severities and compensation figures based on the Judicial College Guidelines. (This is a regularly updated publication that solicitors may use to value injuries.)

The figures are for general damages only. Special damages would be worked out separately and added to make a total compensation award. 

The figures may also vary depending on the specific symptoms of your injury. These are purely a guide.

Injury SeverityAverage compensation amount
LegSimple fractures to tibia or fibula or soft tissue injuriesUp to £11,110
LegModerate£26,050 to £36,790
ArmSimple fractures of the forearm£6,190 to £18,020
ArmInjuries resulting in permanent and substantial disablement£36,770 to £56,180
ElbowMinor/moderateUp to £11,820
ElbowA severely disabling Injury£36,770 to £51,460
KneeSevere£65,440 to £90,290
KneeModerate (ii)Up to £12,900
AnkleModestUp to £12,900
AnkleModerate£12,900 to £24,950
FootSevere£39,390 to £65,710
FootModestUp to £12,900
Brain DamageVery severe£264,650 to £379,100
HeadMinor£2,070 to £11,980
HeadModerate (iii)£40,410 to £85,150
WristInjury resulting in significant permanent disability£22,990 to £36,770
WristAn uncomplicated Colles' fracture.In the region of £6,970
Hip and PelvisSevere (i)£73,580 to £122,860
Hip and PelvisMinor soft tissue injuries with complete recoveryUp to £3,710

If your injury is not listed, our advisors could help. Whenever you’re ready to get in touch (night or day), our advisors are on-hand. They can give an expert estimation of the value of your claim and injury. 

Do I Need A Solicitor To Sue For An Injury?

Although it’s not a legal requirement to have a solicitor, it can be beneficial. By having a solicitor represent you, you can have support dealing with the complexities of the legal system. Additionally, if you claim against someone who has a solicitor, they might have the upper hand having an experienced advisor helping them. 

There are also financial benefits to having a solicitor. For example, many offer No Win No Fee services. They can also work for you from anywhere in the country, so you’re not limited in choice. 

Our panel of solicitors have years of experience and will be honest with you about the likelihood of your claim winning. We recommend choosing a solicitor you can trust.

How To Sue For A Slip Or Trip Accident With A No Win No Fee Solicitor

As mentioned above, there is an option to represent yourself. However, there are risks in doing so. Alternatively, you could choose a No Win No Fee solicitor. This means that if your solicitor doesn’t win the case, you won’t pay any solicitor fees. If they do win, you’ll pay a legally capped fee. However, you and your solicitor will set the fee together. 

Most importantly, it helps you avoid upfront solicitor fees and solicitor fees that incur over the claims process. That can be especially helpful if you have been put in a tricky financial situation. 

Our advisors can put you in touch with a solicitor. They can then give you free legal advice and answer any questions and can advise you on what to do if you choose to sue for a slip or trip accident.

Contact Our Team

We understand that we’ve covered a lot of information, so you may have questions. Making a claim can be overwhelming. However, the most important thing to remember is that we can help with your claim to sue for a slip or trip accident.

Contact us on the following:

  •   Telephone number: 0800 408 7827
  •   Live chat at the bottom of the page
  •   The enquiry form at the top of the page

Learn More About How To Sue For A Slip Or Trip Accident

We hope you found our guide on how to sue for a slip or trip accident useful. Thank you for reading. 

Article by MIT

Edited by VIC