If you have been injured as a result of a slip or trip, our expert lawyers will be able to help you establish if you have a claim.
Trip or slip compensation claim solicitors
Should you need to pursue a personal injury claim following a slip or trip accident, our specialist lawyers can assist on a no win no fee basis. We have a highly experienced team who are able to support you in your claim. With a robust and through investigation and collection of evidence, it is often possible to convince the defendant's insurers to settle the claim out of court, sometimes within months after an accident.
If you would like to talk to us about your case, contact us today on 020 3551 8500 or get in touch here to arrange a call back at your convenience.
Common types of slipping or tripping accidents
- cracked or wobbly or uneven pavements
- trips and slips on icy pavements or roads where the Local Authority have not taken sufficient safety steps, de-icing or gritting
- slippery manhole covers
- trips or slips caused by lack of lighting or defective lighting
- slips on wet floor surfaces which are common in supermarkets
- loose floor coverings
- tripping over loose cables around desks and in other places at work
- .slips caused where cleaning of teh floor has taken place but inadequate warnings are not in place whilst the floor is still wet.
- construction sites trips or falls due to inadequate health & safety
What is the duty of care?
The exact nature and standards of care owed by an organisation to a member of the public or employee depend to an extent on specific laws that apply to them. These laws apply in addition to general negligence law which creates a duty of care. For claims against a Local Authority, the statutory duties are in the Highways Act 1980, for claims against shops, offices and public places, the relevant statutory duties of care are in the Occupiers Liability Act 1957 and for accidents at work, the main statute is the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.
Generally speaking, the duty of care is to take reasonable steps to avoid foreseeable accidents and injuries. So, for roads and pavements, regular inspections should be undertaken, condition and defects recorded and where defects are spotted or reported, remedied quickly. It is not always straightforward to prove a claim based on a slip and trip and inspection records, policies and processes are important evidence which need to be obtained and looked at early on in the claim process. As a claimant, you are likely to be put to proof by the defendants insurers, on issues which might include what footwear and clothing you were wearing, whether you were running when you should have been walking, whether you had been drinking any alcohol, as examples.
Collect evidence quickly after your accident
Key evidence in almost all trip and slip compensation claims is photographs of the cause of the accident, date and time stamped, obtaining the names, telpehone numbers and adddresses if wtitnesses and getting statements from them as soon as possible after the accident and medical evidence from your GP or hospital and also photos of the injuries you have sustained.
Claim time limits
As with other types of injury claims the time limit to start a claim at court is 3 years from the date the accident occurred or 3 years from the date you becaome aware that you have an injury, whichever is the later.