Being involved in a slip, trip or fall accident can be traumatic and debilitating if injuries sustained in them are of a severe enough magnitude. Slip, trip and fall accidents are amongst some of the most common suffered every year by people right across the UK and can happen in a variety of different public locations. Much of the time, nobody is to blame for them, but that doesn’t mean that others may be to blame sometimes.
Owners of public areas owe a duty of care to members of the public while they are on their property and should do all within their power to ensure that the public is safe at all times from all kinds of accidents including slips, trips and falls. If they don’t and someone suffers a personal injury while on their property as a direct result, they could be liable to pay the victim damages if the victim decides to make a slip, trip and fall claim. If you have suffered a slip, trip or fall accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, then you could be entitled to make a slips, trips and falls compensation claim.
What Are The Most Common Injuries Caused By Slip, Trip And Fall Accidents?
As they involve the body falling to the ground, broken and fractured bone injuries, sprained ankles and wrists and back injuries are most commonly associated with slip, trip and fall accidents. As every case is different, victims will suffer many different injuries and combinations of injuries and to very different degrees of severity. A very small proportion of injuries resulting from slips, trips and falls fall within the extremely serious category and includes such injuries as a medium to long-term loss of mobility, brain damage and even fatalities.
What Are The Main Causes Of Slipping Accidents?
Perhaps the most common cause of slipping accidents is spillages. Spilled liquids are extremely hazardous, especially if they have been spilt on particular types of flooring such as those commonly found in supermarkets where a high proportion of these types of accident occur. If a spillage occurs, it is the duty of staff to clean it up promptly and effectively to reduce as much as possible the risk of members of the public injuring themselves. After the spillage has been cleaned by a member of staff, the affected area must then be clearly marked with a hazard sign to ensure that members of the public are fully aware that the area is wet and therefore still slippery as a result of the cleaning. The hazard sign should only be removed once the residual water used to clean the spillage has evaporated, and the risk of an accident occurring is deemed to be negligible again. Slipping accidents are also common in winter when roads and pathways can become covered with snow and ice. In these cases, they should be gritted by the local council to prevent trips, slips and fall accidents from happening.
What Are The Main Causes Of Tripping And Falling Accidents?
Tripping accidents commonly happen outside as a result of faulty, damaged and uneven paving and can also be caused be tripping over objects sticking out of the ground. Tripping accidents can also happen indoors as a result of tripping over objects that should not be there as well as walkways being blocked, carpets and rugs that have been improperly fitted, uneven flooring and loose wires. Likewise, the causes of falling accidents are many and varied. The devastating effect they can have on a person’s life cannot be underestimated, and they happen perhaps most commonly to people whose jobs involve them working at height in the construction industry and building trades. Other workers at risk of suffering falling accidents include window cleaners, roofers and those working in supermarkets and warehouses where they are also sometimes required to work from height to put things on high up shelves. Falling accidents can also happen outside working environments, and as long as someone else was to blame, you could be eligible to make a claim for compensation.
Determining who is to blame
Making a trips, slips and falls claim with Tyler’s Solicitors could not be easier but to be able to make a successful claim, you must be able to prove that the injuries you sustained in the accident were not your fault but that of someone else. As a general rule of thumb, your claim will be made against the owner of the property on which the accident took place. If you tripped over a piece of faulty or damaged paving or slipped on snow and ice because the footpaths haven’t been adequately gritted, your claim will likely be made against the local council authority responsible for the maintenance of paths where the accident happened as it is their responsibility to ensure that roads and paths are clear of dangerous hazards. If you suffered a slip, trip and fall accident in a supermarket, then your claim will be made against that particular supermarket chain as they will have failed to adequately follow their health and safety procedures as well as their duty of care to you.
Slips, Trips And Falls At Work
If your accident happened while you were at work, you could make a work accident compensation claim as it is the primary duty of your employer to ensure that you are safe at work. It is also your employer’s responsibility to specifically ensure that your workplace complies with current health and safety legislation. As such, they should do things such as signposting wet floors; gathering electrical cables safely and making sure that all walkways are clear and free of obstructions and all stairways are well lit. Employers should also ensure that their workforce is adequately trained to carry out their duties safely to ensure that the risk of accidents occurring is reduced to negligible levels and they must also ensure that their workforce is capable of working safely for that same reason. If employers fail to fulfil basic obligations such as these, they could be liable to pay damages to the employee or employees injured in trip, slip and fall accidents at work.
What should you do after a slip, trip or fall accident?
After a slip, trip or fall accident, there are some things you should do to be awarded the maximum amount of compensation possible to ensure you get back to living a life that as closely as possible resembles the one you led before the accident. As is the case with all compensation claims in the UK, the maximum time limit is three years so you should do all you can to make a claim within that period. The testimony of eyewitnesses in personal injury cases is invaluable so that’s why, if you can, you should take their personal and contact details so that you can get in touch with them at a later date when you need them to provide evidence which supports your claim that the accident was not your fault. If the owner of the building or land is not available, you should contact them and inform them as soon as possible to notify them of the incident.
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How to proceed with claiming for a slip, trip or a fall?
The compensation you could be awarded should you win your case can be used to pay for many different things. If your injuries were bad enough that you had to attend appointments with your GP and specialist consultants at the hospital to discuss and receive further treatment, you could claim for the travelling expenses you have incurred. If you have chosen to opt for private treatment instead of using the services of the NHS, you can also claim for those medical expenses, and if you pay for your medicinal prescriptions, you could claim money back for that as well. If you have had to take time off work to recover, you can make a claim for an amount equal to how much you have lost.
If you have been left with a reasonable degree of residual disability and have therefore had to make costly adaptations to your home and car, you can also make a claim for an amount equal to how much that has cost you. On top of all this, if your claim is successful, you will also be awarded compensation for the general pain, suffering and inconvenience you have endured that you otherwise would not have had to if the accident had not happened. To increase your chances of being awarded compensation, you should keep hold of things such as bus tickets, receipts for petrol and medication as well as any important documents detailing the costs of any private medical treatment you have received.
How Tylers Will Win You Compensation for A Slip Trip Or Fall
Tylers’ team of expert trips, slips & falls solicitors will do everything they can to help you claim the compensation that is rightfully yours. They have many years’ combined experience in dealing with claims for injuries sustained in slips, trips and falls in many different locations. At Tyler’s Solicitors, we understand that compensation can’t turn back the clock and make things how they were before the accident again. It can, however, go at least some way towards helping you get justice and can help put you back in a financial position that makes it appear as though the accident never actually happened. The skills and knowledge of our trips, slips and falls lawyers in unmatched by anyone else in the Greater Manchester area and we pride ourselves on the high level of their professionalism.
What Information Will I Be Expected To Disclose About My Slip Accident?
The first initial consultation will involve us informing you of the legal proceedings and assessing your claim evaluations. It won’t be necessary to inform us of the circumstances leading up to your accident, we will instead, ask you a set of questions and any evidence of your accident, we will contact the police and your doctor on behalf of you. Should any developments in your case arise, we will keep you updated every step of the way through the slips, trips and falls claims process.
If you have suffered an injury as a result of being involved in a slip, trip or fall accident that wasn’t your fault then you may be able to make a claim. Take that brave first step towards recovery and justice and get in touch with Tylers today on (freephone): 0800 699 0079 to see if you can make a claim today.