Slips, Trips & Falls Accident Claims
Slips, trips and falls are some of the most common reasons to make an accident claim for personal injury compensation. Injuries resulting from these accidents vary greatly from case to case, although statistics published by the Health & Safety Executive show that 95% of serious slips result in broken bones.
Who Is Responsible for the Accident?
Responsibility in these cases can vary depending on where the accident took place. Responsibility is easy to determine if, for example, the incident happened in a supermarket.
If the incident occurs on a public pavement, responsibility will usually lie with the local authority in charge of monitoring, maintaining and repairing pavements in that area.
Slips, trips and falls can generally be divided into several categories. If any of the following apply to your case, you may have grounds to make a personal injury compensation accident claim today:
Tripped on a pavement
Pavements are maintained by the Highways Authority, who have a duty to monitor and maintain footpaths, roads and pavements.
Where this duty has not been met, there is a very good chance that accident claims for personal injury will be successful.
However, you as an individual have a responsibility to take care and look where you are going. This could result in your accident claim being found unsuccessful if you are found to be partly to blame.
Injured in a public space
This includes injuries sustained on public transport and within public spaces such as parks and playgrounds.
Slipped while shopping
All shop owners have a duty of responsibility towards the safety of customers. This generally entails making sure floors are clear of obstacles and any spills likely to cause an accident are cleaned immediately.
Staircases must be well lit to avoid a tripping hazard, with handrails placed to conform to planning regulations.
Injured in a supermarket
In cases where you have been injured on the property of a supermarket, it is their responsibility to ensure an appropriate level of care to the customer.
If you tripped or fell because a warning sign was missing, or there was a spill on the floor, that shows a clear lapse in the supermarket’s duty of care.
It is also possible to make an accident claim for food poisoning, and to do this you would need to be able to claim that the food was in date, and that it directly led to you developing food poisoning.
Slipped on icy ground or snow
In cases where you have sustained an injury from falling on ice or snow, in order to make a successful accident claim you must be able to prove that your accident occurred because of someone else’s carelessness or negligence.
It will often depend on the location of your accident whether you can make an accident claim. In winter, occupiers of a property are legally required to keep public areas free from hazards, including ice and snow.
This could include a whole range of places, such as car parks, train stations and school grounds.