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Slip, Trip & Fall Claims
Accidents arising from slips, trips and falls are often perceived as trivial, and an example of the “compensation culture.”
In reality, a high proportion of such accidents involve serious injury.
All public and private organisations owe a duty of care to ensure all visitors to premises are safe. Local Authorities are also under a duty to ensure that pavements and public highways are in a safe condition for public use.
Slips, Trips and Falls Claims Examples
Examples of slips, trips and falls claims that have been successfully pursued include those where people have:
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Other examples include:
- Injuries to children caused by defective utility grids
- Injuries caused by slipping on wet floors in supermarkets, hospitals, and schools
- Children injured in playgrounds and sports centres
- Claims by council tenants for ill health caused by housing disrepair and defective premises
- Injuries to cyclists, motorcyclists and motorists caused by potholes in roads.
- Very often the injuries sustained in such accidents have adverse consequences for life.
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If you have had an accident in the past 3 years that occurred as a result of a slip, trip, or fall and it was not your fault, you could be entitled to personal injury compensation.
Steps To Take After Slip, Trip or Fall
There are many different reasons why you might slip, trip or fall if it was the fault of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to claim compensation. If you would like to pursue a personal injury case, there are certain steps that you can take which can increase the likelihood of success.
Seek Medical Attention
The most important step to take is to seek medical attention. If your injuries are serious, you should visit the hospital. Symptoms for certain injuries can appear days or even weeks after your initial accident. If you feel like you are in any pain or discomfort after your accident, no matter how much later it is than the initial date of the incident, you should visit a medical professional.
Seeking medical attention helps to ensure that you are safe and can recover without getting worse. It also helps to create a record of your injuries which can later be used as evidence.
You should take photographic evidence of the accident scene and of your injuries if possible. For example, if you fell because a portion of the floor was uneven, you should use a ruler to highlight this discrepancy and take a picture of it. By collecting photographs, you can easily highlight what the cause of the accident was. If you cannot take the photographs of the accident scene or of your injuries yourself, you should ask a trusted person to do this for you.
Speak To Witnesses
If anyone witnessed your fall, you should ask them if they would be happy to come forward and provide witnesses statements. Many people will be happy to help as they understand that by speaking out it can help to prevent similar accidents happening in the future.
Keep a Record
You should record your own account of the accident in a journal. Furthermore, you should continue to record any feelings or thoughts that you have regarding the accident or your pain levels going forward. These records should include any developing symptoms or pain levels which relate to your accident caused injuries. This can help to clarify the extent of your pain and suffering, which can ensure that you get the right amount of compensation.
How Much Compensation?
All personal injury cases are unique and so the amount of compensation that is awarded in each case is also unique. Compensation is understood by looking at two specific factors: general damages and special damages.
The pain and suffering that your injuries have caused are main factors that are used to determine how much general damage compensation you are owed. This will usually be determined by undergoing a medical examination, from which a report is created that highlights the length of time the injuries will take to heal as well as their severity. Our compensation calculator will give you an indication of how much general damage compensation you might be entitled to based upon your injuries.
In addition to receiving compensation for your injuries, you may be able to reclaim any financial losses that you might have suffered as a result of your injuries. Compensation for financial losses is known as special damages compensation. This can include losses such as loss of earnings due to not being able to return to work, the cost of treatment as well as travel to treatment. It is important that you keep any receipts or evidence of additional losses in order for these to be reclaimed. With the exception of children, there is a three-year time limit on making a personal injury claim. This time limit begins from the date that the accident initially occurred. Therefore, you should contact a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible to assess your case.
Making Personal Injury Claims
If you have been involved in an accident with an uninsured driver, you may be entitled to compensation. First Personal Injury solicitors are available to assist you and ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.
First Personal Injury works with both families and individuals across England and Wales, leading them on their legal journey and helping them claim compensation after an accident or injury.