Fallen over due to someone else's negligence?
Slips and trips are usually caused by the following:
- Unexpected obstacles
- Wet flooring
- Cracked or uneven pavements
- Inadequate lighting
- Ice/snow in areas which should have been cleared
Most common injuries which are sustained due to slips, trips and falls include; back, knee, ankle, wrist and head injuries.
Who is responsible?
When finding out whether you are able to claim compensation you need to discover who is responsible for the accident which caused the personal injury.
It is your local council’s responsibility to maintain all pavements, steps and walkways making sure they are safe for the public. Businesses such as restaurants, supermarkets and shops must also take measures to prevent slips, trips and falls making sure all hazards are prevented, which could mean keeping aisles clear, signposting any wet floors and cleaning up spillages as quickly as possible.
Slips and trips at work
All employers must follow the health and safety law to prevent any employees suffering from a slip, trip or fall at work. This includes signposting wet floors, making all stairways well lit, keeping all walkways clear and gathering electrical cables.
Many people hesitate to make a compensation claim after sustaining personal injury due to an accident at work because they are worried about being treated differently at work or even being dismissed. It is against the law for your employer to treat you differently or dismiss you due to making a compensation claim.
Slip and trip claims
If you were injured in a slip or trip due to the negligence of an organisation that has ignored their responsibilities, you may be entitled to compensation. As well as providing you with compensation for the personal injury and any inconvenience you have sustained,
Slip and trip claims can help cover the costs of any medical treatment or physiotherapy you need, as well as compensating you for the income you lost as a result of taking time off work to recover.