Slip & Trip Accident Claims

Slip and trip accidents can occur almost anywhere: in a shopping centre, library, the street, a car park; the list goes on and on. Health and safety executives estimate that 95% of major slips result in broken bones.

If you have been injured in a slip or trip accident you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.

Our expert team will work with you to take detailed instructions, and to consider all aspects of your claim and maximise its value.

Examples of trip and slip claims which we have successfully pursued include injuries caused by:

  • wet floor in supermarkets, hospitals, shopping centers, schools, etc.
  • tripping on defective pavements
  • potholes in roads

Public and private organisations owe a duty of care to maintain the safety of visitors to their premises. Moreover, pavements and public highways must be kept in a safe condition by Local Authorities.

Compensation Solicitors Online’s expert staff deals with a variety of slip and trip cases on a daily basis. We have the experience and expertise required to handle your claim in a manner which ensures the maximised value of the compensation which you get.

We can attend you at home, if necessary, to discuss the following key points with you:

  • Accident circumstances
  • Nature of your injuries
  • Out of pocket expenses
  • Loss of earnings
  • Funding

What should you do if you have been involved in an accident?

  • You should write a detailed account of what happened, including a sketch of the location.
  • You should take a photograph of the defect as soon as possible. Use a camera with a date/time function (if possible) and place an object next to it to give it some scale, e.g. either a ruler or a coin.
  • You should ensure that you have the name and address of any witness.
  • You should seek medical advice for your injuries as soon as possible. With some injuries (e.g. neck and shoulder injuries) the symptoms may take a few days to develop, but get medical attention as soon as you can.
  • You should keep a record of your out of pocket expenses (e.g. travel expenses, prescription charges, walking sticks, etc.) and keep any receipts.

Your claim

We can simplify the complexity of making a slip and trip claim and summarise it in three steps:

Establishing liability (who was responsible for the accident):
The first step is to show who was at fault for the accident to take place and to what degree. This is not necessarily straightforward and sometimes contributory negligence may be found (the victim has contributed to some extent to the harm that s/he has suffered). However, this concept only plays a role in calculating the compensation value and does not affect the establishing of liability.

Showing causation (showing that the accident caused the injury):
Once a degree of liability has been established, it must be demonstrated that the resulting injury has been caused by the accident, and not by a previous medical condition or another accident, for example.

Calculating the quantum (establishing the appropriate amount of compensation):
The compensation in such cases will have the purpose of attempting to put the claimant in the position s/he has been in before the accident. It is our specialist solicitors’ job to liaise with medical and other experts in order to prepare a Schedule of Loss, setting out the solutions and costs to all problems which the claimant has or may have in the future, as a result of the accident.

Our expert solicitors have experience in achieving the best results in all the three steps of the process, thus ensuring that you get the best compensation which you deserve.

Damages

There are two parts to any compensation claim, consisting of two types of damages:

General damages
General damages are calculated as a part of the compensation based on the type of injury and are designed to compensate for pain and suffering and the impact on the claimant’s enjoyment of life.

Special damages
Special damages are the more variable part of the compensation and depend on individual circumstances. The claimant may be able to recover:

  • Expenses relating to the cost of living with any disability;
  • Expenses to cover services provided by other people;
  • Increased accommodation costs;
  • Loss of earnings;
  • Medical expenses;
  • The cost of buying in care.

Establishing the level of special damages to be paid is a crucial part of a compensation claim. Compensation Solicitors Online have experience in compensation claims in cases of slip and trip injuries.

Funding

There are a variety of funding options open to you. We will discuss these options with you in more detail and where appropriate represent you on a no win no fee basis (also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement).

Time Limits

Generally, personal injury claims have a three year time limit i.e. court proceedings have to be issued at least one day before the third anniversary of the accident , otherwise they will be time barred and you will no longer be able to pursue your claim. (There are a few exceptions to this rule and the court does have some very limited discretion to extend the various time limits). You can still pursue a claim for personal injury after the third anniversary of the accident, you just have to make sure court proceedings have been issued before that third anniversary in order to do so. We will be happy to discuss this further with you.

If you are a minor at the time of the accident, i.e. under 18 then the 3 year limitation date period starts to run after you have turned 18. Furthermore, there also a complicated set of rules that allows the 3 years limitation date period to run from the date of knowledge of the incident/accident. These rules normally apply to clinical/medical negligence cases or industrial disease claims, where they may be a long latency period between the incident giving rise to your claim and you first suffering any symptoms and becoming aware of it. The rules on this are technical and we will, once again, be happy to discuss this in detail with you.

FAQ

‘I tripped over a defect and injured myself. I am 100% innocent, is my claim guaranteed to be successful?’

NO. The courts do not place an absolute duty on highways authorities/land owners to ensure that paving/roads/access routes are 100% free from defects.

A claim may be unsuccessful if the authority/body with a responsibility to inspect and maintain the paving/roads/access route can show they had a system of regular inspection and repaired any ‘dangerous’ defects of which they were aware.

Generally a defect has to be more than 25mm to be classed as ‘dangerous’, this means that although a defect may be present, if it is not above this height a claim can be unsuccessful because there is no duty to repair a defect until it becomes ‘dangerous’.

Make a claim

If you would like to speak directly to one of our team you can either call us on 0208 203 4999 or send us your enquiry and we will give you a call back to discuss your claim within 1 business day.

Useful links

Health and Safety Executive on Slips and Trips

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