Slips, Trips And Falls Claims

Slip, Trips And Falls Accidents

Personal Injury Claims / Slips, Trips and Falls Claims

Slips, Trips And Falls 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.

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Slips, Trips and Falls Claims Examples

Examples of slips, trips and falls claims that have been successfully pursued include those where people have:

Other examples include:

  • Severe injuries to the elderly caused by slipping or tripping on defective pavements
  • 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.

If you have a slip, trip or fall try to remember to take photos of what caused the accident as the problem is often repaired or remedied soon afterwards.

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.

General 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 calcultor will give you an indication of how much general damage compensation you might be entitled to based upon your injuries.

Special Damages

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.

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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.