Slip And Trip Compensation Claims
Slip trip and fall accidents are most common in public and work places. At worst, they can be fatal, but they can also lead to head injuries, back injuries, fractures, and soft tissue injuries.
Slip Trip and Fall Accidents
Slips happen mostly where surfaces are wet or slippery. In the workplace, this may be due to negligence, especially if a wet floor is not properly cleaned and dried – or signed appropriately. As such, a company may be liable for any accidents that happen as a result of not applying the required safety procedures.
Tripping and falling accidents are common, but avoidable. Tripping on work equipment or wires that are left lying around is commonplace and can cause injuries that leave you unable to work for a long period of time.
Slipping on the pavement due to weather conditions can cause serious injuries. However, making a slip and trip claim may be tricky because the council might not be held directly responsible for the accident. On the other hand, if the same was to happen in a parking bay of, say, a shopping centre, a hospital or a school, a claim can be made against the owner of those premises.
Starting your slip and trip claim
Claiming for personal injury compensation relating to a slip and trip in public places, can be difficult. Collecting the evidence you need to make the claim can feel daunting too, but it is essential for success. Clear photographs of the defect or area you fell are essential.
Owners or managers of public places, spaces and facilities must take reasonable care to ensure visitors’ safety. They should have procedures to assess their premises periodically for potential hazards and health and safety risks – and take appropriate action to reduce the risks of slips and trips. For example, it may be the responsibility of:
- Local authorities
- Private property owners
- Public property owners
- Public transport operators
Gathering the right information for a slip and trip claim
It’s important to make a note of any information about your slip or trip. For example, exactly where did it happen, and when? Were there any witnesses you can contact? Write it all down, as the more information you have, the easier it will be to find out who is responsible and make a successful claim. Take photos of where you fell showing depths of holes or raised slabs etc using a tape measure or ruler.
How Tollers can help with your slip and trip claim
Claims for personal injury compensation regarding accidents in a public place are notoriously difficult, but with Tollers experts helping and advising you, your chances of success after a slip, trip or fall are much greater. That said, we will not advise you to pursue compensation if we don’t think you have a reasonable case.
We are experts in personal injury claims, and we are aware of the complexities and difficulties that come with them, such as the denials and defences insurers put forward to avoid responsibility and paying compensation. A successful slip and trip claim must establish that the occupiers failed in their duty to take reasonable care and that this caused the suffered injury. So it pays to have Tollers represent you.
What to do before considering a Slip trip and fall accidents claim
- Write a detailed account of what happened
- Draw a sketch of the location
- Take a photograph of what caused the accident, as soon as possible. If you can, use a camera with a date/time function and place an object (a coin or a ruler, perhaps) next to it to give it some scale
- Ensure you have contact details for any witnesses
- Seek medical advice for your injuries as soon as possible. Some injury symptoms can take a few days to develop, but get medical attention as soon as you can
- Ensure the medical practitioner notes the accident circumstances and date, and includes these in your medical records
- Keep a record and receipt for any expenses you’ve incurred as a result – such as for travel, prescription charges or walking aids
Talk to Tollers
Most importantly, contact Tollers Personal Injury Team to discuss your slip and trip claim. We may even be able to help you start specialist treatment and rehabilitation while we process your claim, as well as ensuring you recover the maximum compensation for your injuries on a risk free ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement.