Slip Trip and Fall Compensation
Slip, trip or falling accidents can occur anywhere and at any time. In most situations it is simply a case of not looking where we were going or not paying proper attention and injuries are slight or non-existent. But sometimes a serious injury can occur because of the council not fixing a road defect or because a shop owner has not taken health and safety seriously enough.
If you have been injured in a slip, trip or fall and you know that it was not your fault then you do have the right to claim compensation. One of the easiest ways to do this is to take advantage of a No Win No Fee lawyer who can take you through the process. They will need to establish the exact nature of the accident and what injuries have been caused.
Those responsible for public areas are expected to keep them correctly maintained and free from hazards. This can include fixing broken paving slabs, correctly signposting road works or ensuring that floors are kept dry and spillages are mopped up as soon as possible. These rules apply to councils, retailers and employers.
It is recommended that if you are injured while out shopping or while walking that you keep good records of exactly what happened. Take photos of what caused the accident and of your injuries. You should also visit your doctor to have your injuries assessed and get the details of anyone who may have witnessed your accident. If your slip, trip or fall occurred in a retail store or public building, you need to ensure that it is recorded in the accident book by the manager.
It is worth bearing in mind that most large supermarkets or office buildings will have good processes in place to show that they identify spillages or wet floors regularly and clean them are required. This may be enough to make your claim invalid. Similarly, councils also have ways of defending your claim. If they have identified a defect and recorded it the judge may agree that they are aware and are taking steps to rectify it. Small defects of less than 2.5 centimetres are also not likely to be deemed as dangerous.
Making a slip, trip and fall compensation claim can sometimes be seen as a mere ploy to get money out of the council or retailer, but it can also be a good way of highlighting problems and preventing injury to other people. If you have been injured, it is your right to be compensated for a loss of income or quality of life.
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