Slips, Trips and Falls Claims
Slips, trips and falls are misfortunes where it can cause pain, injury and inconvenience. They usually happen in public and work places.
The more serious slips, trips and falls may lead to broken bones, head injuries, whiplash, or for some victims there is a possibility of paralysis. If there is a chance that the accident was due to a mistake or negligence of someone else, then you have the right to claim 100% compensation.
A slip, trip or a fall claim can be more difficult to prove and requires certain criteria to be met. Yet, with our experience and expertise in personal injury claims we can tell you whether you have a valid claim and what evidence is necessary. In particular the responsible party can be established to present a case against, whether it happened on the street or on a factory floor.
How do some slips, trips, and falls happen?
Many individuals once they are comfortable in walking do not need to knowingly supervise themselves in being ambulatory. However, an unnoticed change or damage on floor surface or, if there is a discreet object or chemical present, the mechanics of moving may be interrupted and a slip, trip or a fall may follow.
Where a surface is wet or slippery, the chances of slipping are high. In work settings there is a requirement to provide ample signage to warn pedestrians of such danger until the floor is clean and dry. Any employers who fail to implement such safety practice may be liable for negligence. Speak to us about your accident and we can advise if there is a case of negligence.
A claim for a slip, trip or fall can be rejected if the local authority had taken reasonable actions to repair or maintain a street.
A claim for tripping on the pavement outside can be tricky as the local council cannot always be directly accountable for accident. Nevertheless, the Highways Act 1980 gives the duty of upkeep to the local council and to ensure that they are not a hazard to the public. If the place of accident was not in a good condition or you feel that there was a danger present, then have a chat with our specialist solicitor to see what your options are.
There are other circumstances where you may have sustained an injury through a slip, trip or fall. It is fairly common for people to trip over cables or work equipment that is incorrectly placed. The subsequent trip or fall can cause devastating injuries and may ensue long periods of sickness leave. This may have a major impact on your finances and wellbeing where a 100% compensation awarded will begin to give you some of your life back.
What to do for a slip, trip and fall claim
If you have had a slip, trip or fall accident at work or in a public place, make a note of any information that may be useful for your claim. If possible, take a photograph immediately after your incident and get the details of any witnesses. Get in touch with us as soon as possible and we can advise if you need anything else to ensure that you have a good chance for compensation.
Depending on where the accident has occurred, we will determine who is liable for damages. A trip on a cracked or rutted pavement usually directs the responsibility towards the local council. On the other hand, a misfortune in a shop, doctor surgery, or a bar will normally place accountability on the owner of the property.
Regardless of who may be accountable, having the necessary details will make all the difference for a successful slip, trip and fall case. Once you feel that you are ready to claim after considering your welfare and the need for medical attention, give us a call or contact us online to allow us to represent you to get it right again.
Make an accident compensation claim
You have three years from the date of the incident to submit a slip, trip and fall claim in a court of law. Once you have instructed us, we will strive to prove that your slip or trip was a result of negligence. We follow up on the evidence provided and where possible obtain access to CCTV in the region to assist in building a compelling file.
The extent of your injury, the pain endured and medical data will reflect on the amount of settlement you will be awarded. In the case of a more serious injury, we will divulge information on your treatments, the need for medical equipment and the probability of a full recovery for consideration to determine a greater amount that you deserve.
In the whole sum of things, remember that we expect to recover any loss of earnings due to your injury and the expenses incurred. Slips, trips and falls cases are handled on a no win no fee basis and we can arrange insurance for legal cover where required. If you think you have a claim for a slip, trip or fall, then get in touch for a no obligation discussion.