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Home > News > Compensation for shop worker who slipped and fell at work

12th October 2009

Compensation for shop worker who slipped and fell at work

Our client, a shop worker, asked for our personal injury compensation claim advice following an accident at work. She slipped and fell, breaking her wrist and suffering other injuries.

Although her employer, the defendant, admitted liability, our specialist slip, trip and fall lawyers were forced to issue court proceedings in order to fight for an acceptable sum in accident compensation.

Before the trial date however, the other side’s insurers made an improved offer and our client received 100% of the slip, trip and fall compensation she was offered.

Slipping accident at work

In this accident at work, our client slipped on paper left on the floor at her place of work, and fell heavily, putting out her arm to try to break her fall. As she did so, she felt pain in her wrist and when she tried to rise, had no strength in her wrist, which was extremely painful.

An ambulance was called and she was taken to the local hospital where it was confirmed that as well as a leg injury, she had sustained a broken wrist.

Her wrist was put into plaster and for several weeks, our client was completely dependant upon family members for many of her personal needs, including dressing.

Even when her injury healed, she was left with a considerable weakness that means she is unable to lift heavy objects. She has undergone several sessions of physiotherapy but it is unlikely she will make a complete recovery. Although she has returned to work, she will be permanently disadvantaged in the open labour marked.

Breach of Statutory Duty

All workers have legal rights due to various regulations, in particular The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, which are in place to protect everyone in the workplace from the risk of personal injury. The employer has a duty to ensure that the floor in the workplace is free from any obstructions which could cause an employee to slip.

By not carrying out a risk assessment, which would have identified that the pile of paper could have caused an accident, the employer was in breach of the Workplace regulations.

Personal Injury Compensation Claim

Clear Answers’ specialist slip, trip and fall solicitors have extensive experience in all types of personal injury claims, including those that happen in the workplace.

Should you decide to instruct us to represent you in your claim, Clear Answers’ lawyers have teams of work accident specialists waiting to help you. They will be happy to talk you through the accident claim process in plain English, will provide you with expert legal advice, and will answer any questions you may have regarding your claim.

If you or a family member has been injured, in any sort of personal injury accident, please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers. Alternatively, you may prefer to complete one of our on-line compensation claim forms and one of our representatives will contact you as soon as possible.

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