Slip, Trip or Fall - Next steps you should take
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Suffered a Slip, Trip, or Fall?
A very common type of personal injury claim is accidents relating to a slip, trip, or fall accident.
Such accidents can occur in numerous locations such as on a pavement, in a supermarket, or while at work.
The specific location and circumstances of your accident are not important – if you were not at fault you can most likely claim for compensation. However, there are 7 steps you can take to help to help increase your chances of winning your claim, as well as keeping yourself safe after an injury.
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Suffering a fall in public
If you are unfortunate enough to have a slip, trip, or fall whilst in public, make sure you follow these 7 key steps to ensure you are doing everything required to not only make a claim but also to stay safe.
Seek Medical Attention
Whether your injuries are serious enough to warrant travelling to hospital in an ambulance or if you can travel to your GP at a later date, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Speaking to a medical professional is important for your health and wellbeing but this action also ensures that there will be a record of your injuries which can then be used as evidence for your claim.
If you have a device available to take photos, whether that is on a mobile or a camera, you should take photographs of your injuries if possible and of the area where your accident occurred. If you cannot take pictures of the area of your accident immediately after the accident has occurred, it is recommended that you return to the scene afterward to document it.
Collect Witness Information
If anyone else witnesses your accident, it is important to take a record of their information such as their name, contact information, and address. They can then be contacted at a later date to provide a statement that corroborates your account of events relating to your accident.
Contact a Personal Injury Firm
First Personal Injury are prepared to fight for you and your claim no matter how big the firm or authority is that you are making a claim against. A personal injury solicitor can represent you throughout the legal process as well as providing up to date information and provide you with up to date advice every step of the way and the possible levels of compensation you could receive.
Most personal injury claims have a time limit of three years between when the accident occurred and the last date for when you can make a claim. Therefore, it is important that you contact a solicitor as soon as possible to start the claims process.
Notify the Responsible Party
You should notify the company or authority about your accident in writing so that there is a formal record of your complaint. For example, if you were injured in a supermarket you should email the corporate accidents and complaints division for that supermarket as well as complaining to the manager of that specific shop and ensuring that they record your complaint.
Keep a Personal Record of your injuries
Whether you keep this information in a notebook or by texting a friend about your accident, it can be useful to keep a personal record of your accident which can be verified and dated, as this information can also provide validity to your claim.
Keep a Record of Personal Expenses
If you experienced extra costs due to suffering a personal injury, such as having to travel to various locations for medical appointments or a loss of earnings due to time off work, then you may be able to claim these costs back as part of your compensation. Therefore, you should document and keep any evidence relating to these costs.
Accident Claims with First Personal Injury
Slip, Trip, and Fall accidents cover a large range of different types of accidents and scenarios. No matter the specific circumstances of your accident, as long as you were not the negligent party then you are most likely eligible for accident and injury claims compensation.
Our expert solicitors who work across England and Wales have helped numerous people win the compensation that they deserve.
Our case studies
We have worked on numerous slip, trip and fall cases. Here are a few case studies you can read: