In this guide, we will address the claims process for injuries caused by carpet slips at work. When you are at work, your employer owes you a duty of care. This means they are responsible for taking reasonable steps to ensure your safety in the workplace. If you fell at work because your employer breached their duty of care, they may be liable for your injuries.
You could be entitled to claim compensation if this is the case. In this guide, we will look at how lino and carpet accidents at work could occur and the injuries they could cause. Furthermore, we will address the way that claims can be valued and the evidence you could provide in support of one.
Please get in touch with our team today to see if you could be entitled to claim for carpet or lino slips at work injuries. You could claim compensation for the harm your injuries caused and receive damages for the associated costs. Make your inquiry today to see if you meet the criteria to claim.
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- Calculating Payouts For Carpet Slips At Work
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Under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers owe their workers a duty of care. This means that they need to take reasonable steps to prevent workplace injury. For example, they may be expected to carry out risk assessments to identify hazards that could cause a slip or trip. For example, if a piece of carpet is peeling away from the floor, this could pose a trip hazard. This should be identified in a risk assessment.
Furthermore, employers should maintain good housekeeping. For instance, if there is a spill in the workplace that poses a risk of injury, then an employer should ensure that this is signposted and addressed in a reasonable timeframe.
You might be eligible to claim compensation if you were injured after tripping on a lino at work because your employer breached the duty of care that they owe. Please get in touch with Legal Helpline today to find out more about claiming for carpet slips at work.
There are a range of ways a lino or carpet slip at work could happen as a result of negligence. For example:
- The lino in a kitchen in a restaurant is in a poor state of repair and is peeling up at the corner. A kitchen worker who is carrying a pan of hot water trips on this, causing them to drop the pan and scald themselves. The scalds they sustain lead to a permanent scar.
- The wrong cleaning supplies were used on the flooring in an office space, meaning that the surface was very slippery even when dried. As a result, an employee slips and sustains a sprained ankle.
- A carpet in the staff room of a supermarket is worn away and slippery. An employee falls and hits their head on a table as they do so, resulting in a head injury and damage to the spinal cord resulting in paralysis.
If you would like to know more about the impact that carpet slips at work can have on your health and wellbeing, speak with an advisor today.
Statistics For Carpet Or Lino Accidents In The Workplace
In 2021/22, slip, trip, and fall accidents at the same height accounted for 30% of the non-fatal injuries reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR). Not all injuries need to be reported under RIDDOR; only certain reportable incidents.
This meant that slips and trips on the same level were the single highest cause of non-fatal injury in this time period, according to reports made under RIDDOR.
If you slipped on a rug or carpet at work, you might have experienced injuries that could range in severity from minor to severe. Let’s look at some injuries a slipping or tripping accident can cause.
- Broken or fractured bones. For example, you could break your wrist if you use your hands to break a fall.
- Sprains and strains are soft tissue injuries, which happen if your ligaments, tendons, or muscles become overstretched or torn. For example, you could sustain a sprained ankle if your foot twists underneath you as you fall.
- A dislocation injury such as a dislocated shoulder happens when a bone comes out of its socket. This could be caused by a slip or fall.
- A painful slipped disc injury could occur as the result of a slip or fall.
If you would like someone to assess the validity of your claim, you can speak with an advisor today. They can use their experience working on carpet slips at work claims to offer you free legal advice.
After you’ve been injured in an accident at work, there are certain steps you can take to strengthen a potential claim. These include:
- Reporting the accident in the accident at work book
- Taking photographs of the hazard that caused the accident
- Collecting contact details from witnesses
- Seeking medical attention and using the records that this generates as evidence
You may also wish to seek legal advice after an accident at work caused by negligence. This isn’t a requirement, but you might find that their guidance and support help you in the process of claiming.
If you would like to be connected with a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel, then get in touch with our team today.
If you claim compensation for an accident at work, you can receive up to two heads of claim:
- You could receive general damages compensation for the pain, suffering and loss of amenities your injuries caused.
- Moreover, you could receive special damages to reimburse you for the money you lost after your injuries. You could claim loss of earnings if you had to take unpaid time off work to recover from your accident; you would be expected to provide payslips, for example, to show the impact this has had.
Please use the calculator below to estimate how much compensation you could claim for your injuries. The compensation brackets estimate how much you could claim based on the type and severity of the injuries you experienced. The compensation payments in the table are based on guidelines from the 16th edition of the Judicial College.
|Area Of Injury And Severity||Notes||Guidelines On Compensation|
|Very Severe Head Injury (a)||There will be little or no meaningful interaction with the environment around the injured person.||£282,010 to £403.990|
|Moderately Severe Head Injury (c) (i)||The injury results in a moderate to severe level of intellectual deficit. Other symptoms could also include changes to the personality and significant risk of epilepsy in the future.||£150,110 to £219,070|
|Severe Back Injury (a) (i)||Severe pain as well as disability. There has been damage to the spinal cord and there may be some damage to the bladder. Could include partial paralysis.||£91,090 to £160,980|
|Severe Back Injury (a) (ii)||Might include nerve root injuries as well as loss of sensation and feeling, reduced mobility and impairment to the bowel and bladder function.||£74,160 to £88,430|
|Severe Neck Injury (a) (ii)||Injuries which impact the cervical spinal discs. There may be serious damage to the discs or serious fractures.||£65,740 to £130,930|
|Moderate Neck Injury (b) (i)||A wrenching injury, damage to the soft tissues or severe disc lesions which lead to cervical spondylosis.||£24,990 to £38,490|
|Severe Pelvic Injury (a) (i)||Pelvic or hip fractures which leave the person with intolerable pain, significant disability and a high risk of hip deformity.||£78,400 to £130,930|
|Moderate Pelvic Injury (b) (i)||There may be significant pelvic injuries. If any disability is caused, it will not be a major one.||£26,590 to £39,170|
|Very Severe Ankle Injury (a)||Multiple fractures of the ankle joint as well as damage to the soft tissues.||£50,060 to £69,700|
|Moderate Ankle Injury (c)||There could be tears in the ligaments, scarring, and fractures. The person may find walking difficult.||£13,740 to £26,590|
The table does not include guidelines for how much special damages compensation you can claim. What’s more, the outcome of every claim is different. So, if your claim succeeds, you may not receive the compensation included in the table. You can always call our helpline, and an advisor can value your claim.
If you would like to know more about how carpet slips at work are valued, speak with an advisor today.
If you experienced a carpet or lino slip or trip at work, you might be eligible to claim compensation. To see if you can claim, please contact Legal Helpline today. We will be happy to talk to you about your ordeal, and if you are eligible to claim, a personal injury solicitor from our panel can begin working on your case.
You can also consider making a No Win No Fee claim for compensation. The advantages of making a No Win No Fee claim include:
- Generally not having to pay a solicitors fee upfront or as the claim progresses
- A success fee being deducted by your lawyer on the condition that you receive compensation for your claim. The success fee is capped, so your fee will be in proportion to your compensation payment
- There is no success fee to pay if you don’t win your claim.
Make your enquiry now to see if you can claim compensation.
- Call us today on 0161 696 9685
- Make an online enquiry
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Related Workplace Slips And Trips
If you have suffered a slip, trip or fall at work because your employer acted negligently, these guides may be helpful.
We have also included some external resources that you could find helpful:
Causes and prevention of slips and trips at work – a Health and Safety Executive guide
Statutory Sick Pay information from the government
A guide to the symptoms and treatment of a broken arm or wrist from the NHS
We hope this guide to claiming compensation for injuries caused by carpet slips at work is helpful. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Written by HC
Edited by FS