Slip & Trip Claims

Slips and trips are the most common cause of injury at work. On average, they cause 40 per cent of all reported major injuries and can also lead to other types of serious accidents, for example falls from height. Slips and trips are also the most reported injury to members of the public.

Slip & Trip Claims

If you’ve suffered personal injury as a result of slipping or falling on someone else’s property, you may be able to claim compensation. Slips and trips are amongst the most common types of personal injury claims, which is mainly because there are so many hazards that can occur as a result of flawed surfaces, slippery floors, or other dangerous conditions.

By law, owners of businesses or property are required to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of the general public. At a minimum, owners or managers are required to warn the public of any potential dangers they have caused, are aware of, or believe could occur.

If these requirements aren’t met and you’re injured on their property as a result, you may have a valid claim against the business owner or manager.

In order to make a claim for compensation, you will need to be able to show that the slip or trip you experienced was caused by someone breaching their duty of care to you and this resulted in you suffering damage.

Tips for dealing with the situation

Quantification of Damages


If you have an accident or a near miss, make sure you report it to your employer promptly. They can use this information to prevent future accidents.

This guidance is issued by the Health and Safety Executive. Following the guidance is not compulsory, unless specifically stated, and you are free to take other action. But if you do follow the guidance you will normally be doing enough to comply with the law. Health and safety inspectors seek to secure compliance with the law and may refer to this guidance.

Tip - Take photos
Where possible, take photos or ask someone to take photos of spillage or obstruction that caused you to slip or trip.