Making a compensation claim following a slip or trip
Slips and trips are amongst the most common types of personal injury claim, mainly because there are so many hazards that can cause you to slip, trip or fall in everyday life. They can happen anytime, anywhere, including:
- In a shop
- At work
- At a public, outdoor event
- At school
- In someone else’s home
These falls can be very painful and in some cases cause severe injury, particularly in the elderly.
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.
Damage can take the form of:
- Lost wages due to time off work
- Psychological distress
- The incurrence of medical costs
Can I Claim Compensation?
The answer to this question is that it depends. If you trip over something that would ordinarily be there, such as a kerb or a low wall, then you will struggle to be able to blame someone else for your misfortune. The same applies to slipping on a wet floor if signs are displayed warning you that the floor is wet. It is your own responsibility to heed those warnings and no one else can be held responsible for an accident arising from such a fall but yourself.
However, if there are no wet floor signs despite there being reasonable opportunity to place them, or you trip over a kerb stone that is out of place or something that shouldn’t be there, then you may have grounds for compensation. If the accident was preventable by a third party taking reasonable precautions and they have failed to do so, then they could be held financially accountable for your suffering or injury.
Our lawyers have many years’ experience distinguishing between the two scenarios described above and will assess your situation quickly and efficiently so you know whether you have a valid claim.
Claiming for Personal Injury
Whilst the money won in a compensation claim is obviously useful and can help to pay for treatment of your injuries or maintain your quality of life, it is also about receiving justice and ensuring that such accidents do not happen again. By highlighting a situation, your claim could prevent others from suffering the same misfortune by forcing the person responsible to take action to rectify the situation.
At 24hr Accident Helpline our solicitors specialise in slip and trip compensation claims. Our experience and expertise means that we can help you to get the compensation that you deserve and enable you to get on with your life. If you would like advice on whether you may be able to make a claim, then get in touch with us today on 0800 689 1964, or fill in this contact form and we will come straight back to you.