At Public Injury Lawyers, the most common type of type claim we deal with are claims for injuries caused by slip or trip and fall accidents. If you have experienced a slipping accident which was caused by another party acting negligently you may be able to claim slip accident compensation from them. Whether you experienced a slip, trip and fall at work, in a shop, a restaurant or any other public place you may be eligible to make an accident claim for your injuries.
We work with knowledgeable personal injury solicitors that have up to thirty years of experience handling claims for accidents in a public place. If you are eligible to be compensated for your injuries, we will provide you with a No Win No Fee solicitor to work on your claim. To begin your claim, call Public Injury Lawyers today on 0800 408 7825 for your free personal injury claims consultation. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have and will assign a skilled personal injury lawyer to work on your claim for injuries caused by a fall accident as soon as possible.
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- A Guide On Claiming Slip Accident Compensation
- What Is A Slip, Trip And Fall Accident?
- Slip And Fall Accident Compensation Calculator
- Special Damages Compensation Calculator
- What Could Cause Someone To Have A Fall Accident?
- Where Could Someone Suffer A Fall Accident?
- Fall Accidents In Shops
- Fall Accidents In The Workplace
- Pedestrian Pavement Slip Or Fall Accidents
- Local Authority And Council Slip Or Fall Accidents
- Who Could Make A Claim Slip, Trip Or Fall Compensation?
- No Win No Fee Slip Accident Compensation Claim
- Get In Touch With Public Interest Lawyers
A duty of care means one party is responsible for providing another party with an environment that is safe and hygienic. Members of the public are owed a duty of care by other parties, as they go about their daily lives. For example the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974 states that employees are owed a duty of care by their employers when they are at work. Similarly the Occupiers Liability Act of 1957 states that customers are owed a duty of care by the businesses when they use their goods or services or are on their premises. Similarly if you are using a site managed by your local council they owe you a duty of care. If you suffer an accident causing injury because of negligence by a party that owed you a duty of care, that party will be liable for your injuries. As a result, you will have the right to make a personal injury claim for compensation for your injuries from the responsible party. This can include compensation for injuries sustained due to a slip, trip and fall hazards, causing you to slip, fall and injure yourself.
In this guide to making a claim for slip, trip or fall compensation we will provide you with information about claiming compensation for a slip and fall accident. We will look at what causes these sorts of accidents, the injuries they can result in and how to claim slip accident compensation. To begin your claim call our team at Public Injury Lawyers to enquire about finding a lawyer to negotiate with the party that injured you to win you a compensation settlement. We are looking forward to speaking with you.
If you are still unsure whether or not you have the right to make a claim for a fall accident read the rest of our guide to find out more.
A slipping accident is when a person falls because the bottom of their shoe cannot grip to the surface of the floor. For example, because there was a spillage on the floor. Similarly a tripping accident is when a person falls because their foot gets caught on a trip hazard on the floor, such as a cracked paving stone. We will look at causes of slip and fall or trip and fall accidents later on in this guide.
Fortunately most slip, trip and fall accidents are not serious enough to want medical treatment. However some slip and fall accidents can result in serious injuries such as a fractured bone or in rare but extreme cases the person may become paralysed. We will look at how an injury caused by falling can occur in more detail, later in this guide.
If you have been injured after falling due to slip, trip and fall hazards, you may be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries. You are probably interested to know how much compensation you could be awarded. You can use our personal injury claims compensation calculator to find out how much you will be owed. The amount of compensation will vary depending on the seriousness of your injuries. For example if you suffered a soft tissue injury as the result of your accident you will probably be awarded a lower amount of compensation. If you suffered a more severe injuries such as a broken bone, or a spinal injury the compensation amount you will be awarded will be higher.
You can use the table below to estimate how much slip accident compensation you could receive in general damages (calculator excludes special damages).
|Injury Sustained||Level Of Injury||Notes On These Injuries||Compensatory Damages Which May Be Awarded|
|Injury of the foot||Moderate||Including fractures to the metatarsal bones in the feet and disability or ongoing problems with the affected foot.||£12,900 to £23,460|
|Injury of the shoulder||Moderate||Causing an injury such as to reastrict the mobility or movement in the shoulder joint.||£7,410 to £11,980|
|Injury of the ankle||Moderate||Causing ligamants in the abkle joint to be torn or causing joint fractures.||£12,900 to £24,950|
|Injury of the arm||Less Severe||Causing significant injuries and disabilities to the claimants arm(s). There may be a significant level of disabiity left. A recover should be expected.||£18,020 to £36,770|
|Fractured clavicle||Singe level of award||Claimants could be awarded damages comensurate with the severity of the break or fracture.||£4,830 to £11,490|
|Injury of the elbow joint||Less Severe||Causing severe injury which reduces the ability of the claimant to use the elbow / elbow joint.||£14,690 to £30,050|
This claims estimation calculator is based on guidelines set by the Judicial College. Of course the amount of compensation that claimants receive varies depending on the circumstances of their accident and resulting injuries so you may be eligible to claim more compensation than you initially thought. For a personalised compensation estimate, call Public Injury Lawyers today to learn more.
What is the difference between general damages and special damages? When you make a successful public injury claim, general damages are a head of claim which is awarded to compensate you for the suffering, pain and loss of amenity you have experienced due to your injuries. These monetary funds are normally the larger part of the compensation package. In addition they will be awarded special damages. Special damages are a head of claim which will reimburse you for payments you have made, as a result of being injured.
Examples of special damages you can claim include the following:
- Medical expenses, which can include expenses for treatment you have had due to your accident and funds to pay for medical treatment you may need in the future.
- Home and car adaptation expenses, which you may need in the unfortunate event that your injuries caused a disability.
- Travel expenses.
- Care expenses.
- Reimbursement for lost income such as salary payments and in work benefits, if you had to leave your job or take time off work due to your injuries.
One of the reasons why slip trips and falls in the workplace and elsewhere are common accidents in public places is because this type of accident can be caused by a small obstruction. We will now look at slip, trip and fall hazards that can cause accidents as well as methods of slip trip and fall prevention.
- After mopping a floor it will remain wet, causing it to become slippery. A freshly mopped floor must be signposted while it is still wet. The slip, trip and fall signage should warn passers by that the floor is not safe to walk on. Failing to do so, is negligence.
- Floor surfaces in professional kitchens and industrial facilities can become contaminated with grease, oils or liquids. These can cause the floor to become slippery. Effective slip, trip and fall training is needed to educate employees on how to prevent these sorts of slip accidents from happening.
- Slipping accidents can happen due to spillages on the floor that have not been mopped up and slip, trip and fall signage not being displayed. The slip could occur in a restaurant environment due a drink being spilled, a leaking toilet in a workplace, or a leaking pipe, for example.
- Slip, trip and falls on ice can happen if a pavement has not been gritted due to icy weather.
A trip and fall in the office can happen due to broken flooring, uneven flooring or a trailing cable. Poor lighting and debris on the floor can also cause trip and fall accidents.
Public Injury Lawyers advises people who have been injured in a public place on what to do about claiming compensation for their injuries. You can be injured in all sorts of public places such as a workplace, a shop, or on a pavement.
We will now look at settings where slip, trip and fall accidents in public places can occur.
Shops and supermarkets have a duty of care towards their customers, employees and other people who use their premises. Slipping accidents can occur in food stores if produce, for example a grape or bottled goods, are spilled onto the aisle. Other slipping or tripping accidents in shops can involve customers falling over stock that has been placed in the store, or tripping accidents caused by an elevator misleveling (stopping at a point that is not inline with the floor).
If you are a customer or an employee in a shop that has suffered a fall accident we recommend that you report the accident to the store manager and make sure the details of the accident are recorded accurately in the shop’s accident log book. You can also take photographs of the slip trip and fall hazard that caused your slipping or tripping accident in a shop to be used as evidence to help support your claim. To begin your slip accident compensation claim against a shop call Public Injury Lawyers today for your free consultation with a claims advisor.
According to slip trip and fall statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for the year 2018/19, slips, trips and falls on the same level make up for 29% of non-fatal workplace accidents reported to RIDDOR. The Health and Safety At Work Act 1974 states that employees are owed a duty of care by their employer. If an employee suffers a slip or trip and falls at work, such as a slip trip and fall in the office because their employer did not take proper precautions, the employer may be held liable for their injuries. As a result the employee can make a claim for slip, trip or fall compensation.
What Slip And Fall Risk Assessments Should Be Carried Out?
Employers are responsible for slip, trip and fall prevention on their premises. Under the Management of Health and Safety At Work 1999 regulations, employers must carry out risk assessments on their premises. This includes slip, trip and fall risk assessments.
These are the steps of a slip, trip and fall risk assessment:
- Look objectively at the workspace and take stock of hazards (items which can pose a risk) that could cause slips, trips and falls in the workplace. For example a loose wire coming out of a computer screen monitor, which trails across the floor.
- Assess what risk the hazard poses, for example, could the hazard seriously harm an employee if an accident occured?
- The employer should remove the hazard if possible, for example removing the loose wire by fixing it to a wall. If the hazard cannot be removed the employer must apply control measures. This means taking steps to minimise the risk.
If you have been injured on a pavement or public highway due to poor conditions, you may be eligible to make a compensation claim. The claim will usually be made against your local authority unless you were injured in a space that is managed by another party such as an outdoor shopping area which is managed by a private land owner.
A pavement accident can be caused by the following health and safety hazards:
- A cracked paving tile, which can cause trip and fall accidents.
- A loose paving slab causing the ground to be uneven.
- Pavements not being gritted during icy weather, causing slip, trip and fall accidents on ice.
- A wire sticking out of the ground due to unfinished electrical works, which could cause outdoor trip and fall accidents.
Trips Or Slips When Crossing The Road
Slip trip and fall accidents can also happen when crossing the road, if the council has not maintained the roads to adequate standards. Cracks in the road and potholes can cause tripping accidents. Pedestrians can also be injured by slipping on ice, if the roads have not been gritted.
Whether you were injured as a pedestrian on your local pavements or crossing the road due to your council not taking adequate slip, trip and fall prevention, you may be eligible to claim slip accident compensation. Call Public Injury Lawyers to enquire about claiming compensation for your injuries.
Your local authority owes you a duty of care when you are using outdoor and indoor facilities that they manage. As well as public walkways, local authorities may be responsible for managing public parks and leisure facilities such as libraries, parks and gyms.
Here are some examples of how a member of the public could trip or slip and be injured in a public place, due to negligence on the part of the local authorities:
- Wet floors in a public swimming pool which have not been signposted.
- Exercise equipment such as barbells being left on the floor of a gym, causing tripping accidents.
- Loose carpeting tiles on the floor of a library or town hall causing patrons to slip or trip.
Food waste being dropped on the floor of a leisure centre lobby, causing slipping accidents.
If you believe that you are owed trip or slip accident compensation you may be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries. Call Public Injury Lawyers today and if you have grounds to claim compensation we will refer you to a personal injury lawyer to handle your claim.
Which people are entitled to claim compensation for accidents or injuries caused by a slip or fall accident? The person who was injured will usually be the one who makes the claim for slip, trip or fall compensation.
If the person who was injured is a child under the age of 18 a parent or guardian may act as a litigation friend and claim compensation on behalf of the child. The money awarded will be held in trust for the child until they are under 18. However, if the child is awarded funds to pay for any medical treatment, mobility equipment, home adaptations or specialist care, these funds can be accessed immediately. In the very rare but tragic case that the person who suffered the accident died as a result of their injuries, the family of the deceased can make a personal injury claim on their behalf.
There is a three years time limit for making a public injury claim in the UK. so we recommend that you contact Public Injury Lawyers to begin your personal injury claim as soon as possible.
Claims Against Public Liability Insurance
When a claim for injuries caused by slipping accidents in public places is successful, the payout usually comes from the defendant’s public liability insurance. This will be the case if you make a claim against some businesses or the defendant’s public liability insurance.
If you decide to make a public injury claim for compensation for a slip, trip or fall accident Public Injury Lawyers can help you. If you have legitimate grounds to claim compensation for your injuries, we can provide you with a knowledgeable solicitor from our partner solicitors firm Legal Expert. A personal injury solicitor provided by Legal Expert will handle your compensation claim on a No Win No Fee basis. What does this mean?
With a No Win No Fee claim the solicitor takes on the financial risk, not you the client. Your solicitor will begin your personal injury claim without charging you an upfront fee. You will enter into a conditional fee agreement with your solicitor, in which your solicitor will agree to only charge you a fee on the condition that they win your compensation claim. Therefore, there is less financial risk involved for you the claimant. Because there is not a fee to pay upfront many clients find making a No Win No Fee claim the more affordable option. If your claim is successful your fee will be deducted from your compensation package at a capped rate.
Legal Expert has a guide on their website about making a No Win No Fee claim, which you can read to learn about the benefits of making this sort of claim. Alternatively if you would like to speak to an advisor about making a No Win No Fee Claim you can call us at Public Injury Lawyers for your free consultation.
Have you been injured due to a tripping or slipping accident that was not your fault? You may be eligible to make a public injury claim for trip or slip accident compensation. To begin your claim call Public Injury Lawyers today on 0800 408 7825 and a legal advisor will be happy to speak to you in depth about your claim. If we believe you are owed slip, trip or fall compensation for your injuries we will provide you with a No Win No Fee solicitor from Legal Expert to handle your claim.
Call today, we’re looking forward to discussing your claim with you.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact the team at Public Injury Lawyers about making a claim. Alternatively you may wish to read these online guides to learn more about making an accident claim for a public place injury.