Staying on your feet when out and about isn’t usually too difficult. In most cases, we go about our business and head home afterwards without a problem. But occasionally people suffer awful injuries from what can seem an innocuous slip or trip, and claiming compensation can help in many ways.
Just because you’ve been injured doesn’t necessarily mean you have a valid claim for personal injury, though. Here we will help you to understand whether or not the circumstances surrounding your slipping accident mean that you do have a valid claim against the responsible establishment, and that you should make a claim for slip and trip compensation.
Some of the most common claims are made by those who have slipped on a shop floor made wet by a spillage, a leaking pipe or freezer unit, or by cleaners mopping. Many other claimants are injured after having slipped on a wet floor at work. But slips can be caused by a number of hazards, and however and wherever you slip, you will want to know whether the details of your accident and their cause will enable you to claim.
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- Responsibility for the accident
- Reporting the accident
- Injuries from the slip
- Making a claim
- How we can help
- Questions & answers
Responsibility for the accident
Slipping accidents can obviously take place anywhere, but to claim compensation you need to prove that responsibility for the accident lies with a third party rather than yourself. Because of this, most claims arise from slips at work or in public places. Shops, restaurants, libraries and business establishments, for example, all have a responsibility to ensure people’s safety. If they fail to do so and accidents occur as a result, they can be found to have been negligent and liable to compensate the injured party.
Clearly, if you slip and fall after running around mucking about or jumping from a high step onto the ground, any injuries you have are going to be seen as being your own fault. You can’t claim personal injury compensation if an accident was caused by your own actions! Therefore, the first question to ask yourself is: Was someone else responsible for the accident?
It’s common knowledge these days that when making a floor wet on purpose, a business or premises will erect a yellow ‘Hazard Warning Sign‘. This sign gives you the knowledge of a potential hazard and puts you on notice that you need to take extra care. If you have slipped on a wet floor in a shop, restaurant or business and there was no hazard sign erected, you are likely to 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.
However, in some circumstances, the erection of the yellow hazard sign is insufficient. For example, let’s say a supermarket has a leaking freezer unit in their store. The floor gets wet and they call out an engineer. If they erect the yellow sign, they’ve covered themselves. But if they just erected a sign and didn’t bother calling the engineer and left the unit leaking for weeks and weeks, the sign would become redundant and they would still be liable for not removing a known hazard in a reasonable time frame.
Reporting the accident
So you’ve slipped or tripped and injured yourself through no fault of your own, but what next? The 2nd question you should ask yourself is: Did I report the accident and ensure that it was properly recorded? Was it noted in an accident book?
As with all accidents that lead to someone wishing to make a claim for personal injury compensation, it’s all about reporting the details of your accident to the right people. If you’ve slipped on a wet floor in a private establishment (a business premises, a supermarket, a cinema, a restaurant etc) you must make every effort to ensure that the party responsible for running the premises is informed. Any location open to the public should have an accident book and a way of recording incidents. By recording the incident, you are providing proof that you fell in their premises and that your injuries were caused on their patch.
Unless you are severely injured and incapacitated, you should report your accident and injuries immediately and ensure that they are noted in an accident book. If the 3rd party tell you they don’t have an accident book, or won’t let you have access to it, there are things you can do. If this is the case, look for a witness and get their details. If you can’t do that, take photos or send a letter by recorded delivery (keeping a copy for yourself with proof of postage) reporting the incident to the business or establishment.
If all this seems a bit complicated, or you haven’t done any of the above, don’t worry – if you contact us we can talk you through it and help you to complete the necessary steps.
Injuries from the slip
The 3rd question to consider is: Were you sufficiently injured to seek medical treatment from a hospital or your GP?
What severity of injury warrants a claim? If you haven’t had medical treatment, it is likely that your injuries will not be seen as sufficiently serious to warrant a claim as medical evidence is needed to support your claim. If you have been suffering in silence and haven’t seen the GP, you still can. If the GP is happy to note that your injuries are consistent with those suffered in a slipping on a wet or dangerous floor surface, you can then prove your injuries and pursue a claim. Generally speaking, injury symptoms need to last for a few weeks to meet the minimum criteria needed to pursue a claim.
Making a claim
These are the main criteria you need to check to see if you can claim:
- Was the accident someone else’s fault?
- Do you know the identity of the liable party (business name and address etc)?
- If not, did you report the incident to the police or local authority?
- Have you sought medical treatment from your GP or hospital?
- If not, are your injuries still presenting symptoms that your GP can diagnose?
If you can answer the above positively, you may well be entitled to pursue a claim for personal injury compensation on a No Win No Fee basis. Our solicitors will claim for the following on your behalf:
- The pain and distress caused to you by the injuries sustained (the value of the injury element of the claim will be determined by medical evidence and a review of your medical records.)
- Associated costs and losses (special damages) – such as lost income if you are unable to work as a result of the injury or damage to personal items – such as your spectacles or mobile phone and property.
- Restrictions on your ability to fulfil your usual activities and social life.
- Whether or not you have required any post accident care.
If you have any questions about whether or not your accident scenario warrants a claim, or if you wish to discuss the No Win No Fee claims process with us, please call our team on 01225 430285 or use our contact form. We know your rights and can help you to understand them. We’ve successfully helped many clients claim compensation for slip and trip injuries and we’d love to help you, too.
How Direct2Compensation can help you claim slipping accident compensation
Direct2Compensation is one of the best places for you to seek help if you have been injured in a slipping accident. Whether you need information about us, the solicitors we work with, or the claims process, or want advice as to how to go about making a claim for slipping accident compensation, we’re ready to help you start your claim.
Not only will you find our website a great resource for information about claiming personal injury compensation, but you’ll also find that our team of staff are personally knowledgeable, friendly and supportive. We know your rights and can help you to better understand how making a claim for injury compensation after a slipping accident can be of benefit to you.
We work with some of the very best personal injury compensation solicitors around and know how to help you find the right specialist solicitor to suit the specific needs of your particular situation. We offer a caring approach and we’re able to talk about No Win No Fee personal injury compensation, the nitty gritty of No Win No Fee Conditional Fee Agreement legal claims, and answer your questions in simple layman’s terms. And because we’ve worked so hard to take the stress out of claiming compensation for slipping accident victims, when you make your claim with Direct2Compensation, you can forget about worrying and concentrate on recovering.