Claim compensation for slip and trip, public liability accidents
Slip and trip claims often describe personal injury claims made after accidents on dangerous floor surfaces in public places. This would include tripping over a pothole or damaged pavement, or slipping on a wet floor in a shop or restaurant. They are sometimes known as public liability claims. Examples of public liability personal injury claims which Direct 2 Solicitors have dealt with include:
- A lady who tripped over a a raised paving stone caused by a tree root growing under the surface of pavement sustaining a broken arm.
- A mother of 3 who slipped on water that had leaked from a broken freezer unit in a supermarket with no hazard warning sign displayed, causing her to sustain a dislocated knee.
- A man who tripped in a large pothole in a cul-de-sac fracturing his ankle.
- A worker who slipped on oil leaking from a faulty forklift truck at his workplace, breaking his leg in the process.
How to make a public liability compensation claim
Public liability claims should be made as soon as possible after the accident. Ideally, the incident should be recorded with the company or authority responsible for the area in which the accident happened.
For example, if you slip on a wet floor in a shop or restaurant, it should be recorded in an accident book within the premises. The injured party should contribute to the statement and only sign it when they are happy with what is written.
In the case of a trip or fall because of a disrepaired footpath, the matter should be reported to the Highways Department of the local authority. A full description of the pothole or raised flag stone, for example, should be given along with its location.
If possible, you should take photographs of the cause of the accident with clear measurements of the hazard. Delays can lead to your claim failing as the hazard could be removed by weather or repaired/cleaned up by the liable party. This would damage your prospects of successfully claiming.
If you are in any doubt about what to do, feel free to call, email us, or complete our online claim form, and we will be happy to help. There is no charge for assessing your claim, so you have nothing to lose and much to gain if you can make a successful claim for slip and trip.
How do I know if I have a valid claim?
Being injured doesn’t necessarily mean you have a valid claim. You can’t claim personal injury compensation if an accident was caused by your own actions; it has to be someone else’s fault.
For example, if you slipped on a wet floor and there was no hazard sign erected, you may have a valid claim for compensation. The 3rd party could be seen as liable for your injuries by failing to provide a warning of a foreseeable risk to your safety.
Even if a warning sign is present, the 3rd party is required to remove a known hazard in a reasonable time frame. If they hadn’t taken action within this time, they would still be liable.
If you haven’t had medical treatment, it is likely that your injuries will not be seen as sufficiently serious to warrant a claim. If you have been suffering in silence and haven’t seen the GP, you still can. If your injuries are consistent with those suffered in a slip or trip, you can then prove your injuries and pursue a claim.
Public liability insurance
If you have had an accident in public, then it would be worth your while checking to see whether the place where you had your accident has public liability insurance. Public liability insurance covers companies, shops and organisations should anything happen whilst somebody is on their property. It is a legal requirement to have public liability insurance and you can be prosecuted for not having it.
How long do I have to make a claim?
Whilst the law states that in most cases you have three years from the date of an accident to make your personal injury claim, it is best done as quickly as possible. This ensures the availability of evidence and fresh medical opinion. However, in some circumstances this can be extended for an even longer period, for instance if you were not 18 years old at the time of the trip or slip.
How much slip and trip compensation will I receive for my injuries?
There are guidelines issued by the courts for solicitors, but it’s impossible to say exactly how much you can expect to get. All our solicitors are experts in handling accident claims and know how to use the guidelines to ensure you receive the right amount of compensation for your injuries.
You will be advised once initial evidence has been collected as to the likely level of compensation for your slip and trip injury. Usually we will claim for the following on your behalf:
- The pain and distress caused to you by the injuries sustained
- Associated costs and losses
- Lost earnings if you have been away from work as a result of the accident
- Medical treatments and post accident care
- Restrictions on your ability to fulfil your usual activities and social life
- Miscellaneous expenses (bus fares, painkillers etc)
What do I do now?
Why not contact Direct 2 Solicitors so that we can start looking after you and your slip and trip claim! We have many years experience of handling these claims, and you can use our knowledge and expertise to give you the best chance of success.
Our no win no fee service means that your legal costs will be paid for you when you win your claim. You will receive 100% of any compensation settlement awarded to you – it is not subject to any deductions. Your legal costs will be payable by the 3rd party on top and in addition to any personal injury compensation you receive. And in the event that your no win no fee claim is not successful, you will never be liable for the costs incurred.