Slip, Trip and Fall Compensation Claims

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By Crispin Bateman

on Tuesday 5 March 2019

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Slip, trip and fall accidents

Making sure an environment is safe is a primary responsibility for any business owner, organisation or responsible body.

The safety of anyone using a facility is a key concern and though, thankfully, many slips and falls result in nothing more than a minor moment of embarrassment, all too often it can result in a serious injury and then compensation is due.

Slips and trips are among the top most common accidents, and consequently, slip, trip and fall claims make up a large number of compensation claims in the UK today. At Accident Line Direct, we have specialist No Win No Fee personal injury lawyers who will ensure you get the trip or fall compensation you deserve.

Slip, trip or fall compensation

Receiving a financial sum for an injury is not as good as having a time machine and being able to rewind back to the point before the fall to right the wrong, but in the absence of science-fiction technology, it’s the best that can be done!

Financial compensation is there to provide you with the best possible chance of continuing your life with minimum disruption from the accident. It is your legal right to have the money to help with whatever difficulties the accident has caused, and you should not feel guilty for asking for it.

We are here to help you get the maximum slip and fall compensation amounts recommended by the courts and to deal with any of the difficult legal processes that form a slip and fall tort case.

Who is responsible for my slip accident?

It is the legal responsibility of any organisation in charge of a venue to ensure that the area is safe for use, whether that means regular maintenance, a team of cleaners to make sure any spills are dealt with immediately, or simply having correct signage and temporary barriers to clearly mark hazardous areas.

You may have had an accident at work, a slip, trip or fall in a public place or perhaps you’ve even tripped on a pavement – in each situation there is a business or organisation responsible for your safety:

  • Accident in the workplace – your employer has a duty of care to ensure your working environment is safe and that work accidents are minimised. A fall at work claim can provide you with the financial support you need while you recover from any injuries.
  • Slip in a supermarket – supermarkets are responsible for maintaining a safe store, employing cleaning staff and providing adequate signage to deal with any unforeseen hazard. Supermarket accident claims are more common than many believe and can be dealt with swiftly to a positive result.
  • Trip on the pavement – maintaining the roads and pavements is part of the council’s job and filing for pavement trip compensation against your local council is completely legitimate.
  • Fall in a shop – all public-facing businesses like shops must provide a completely safe environment. If you have fallen due to their negligence, then call us today to start your shopping accident claim.
  • Slipping while in a club – entertainment venues, such as pubs, clubs, bowling alleys, cinemas and gyms are liable for any accidents that happen on their sites. If they have failed to maintain a safe environment for the activity, then you can claim.
  • Falls in rented accommodation – if you have a slip, trip or fall in your rented house due to a lack of maintenance on the part of the landlord, then you will be able to hold them accountable. Even though the general safety of the area is your responsibility (as it is your home), the general maintenance and safety of the building itself remains the responsibility of the owner.

Who pays for the slip and trip claims?

It is widely believed that making a claim against a business, especially a smaller business such as a local shop, or your own employer, will lead to them having to file for bankruptcy and the entire business failing – this is a sensationalist myth that is not the case.

Part of running a business in the UK involves a level of public liability insurance (and employee liability insurance for your employer). These areas of insurance are in place to protect any company from personal injury claims filed against them. They entitle the insured party to full legal counsel and any money awarded is paid for by that insurance.

It is your legal right for the compensation award, and you should never feel guilty for asking for it! The worst that will happen for the business or organisation you are claiming against is that their annual insurance premiums will go up for a few years – a fair price to pay and easy for any business to cover.

Remember also, that by highlighting the problem and making a claim, you increase the chance that the company will put processes in place to stop it happening ever again – making a positive change for the future and making it less likely that anyone else will have to suffer like you have done.

What are the average payout amounts for slips and falls in the UK?

When determining the compensation awards for any personal injury across the UK, the courts use a set of guidelines to ensure that there’s a fair and uniform amount across the country.

These guidelines are used and adjusted for your specific circumstances to form the final value awarded. The courts do their best to take everything into account to evaluate final slip and fall compensation amounts, this will include:

  • Any expenses relating to your medical treatment, from private consultancy fees to NHS car parking charges.
  • Any money lost through an inability to perform your work as usual.
  • Any expenses caused in having to adapt your home to accommodate a serious injury.
  • Costs for any specialised equipment needed because of the injury.

It is always best that you keep as detailed a record as possible of any expenses or other costs that you believe should be accounted for.

What are some examples of slip, trip and fall claims?

Claim for slipping on a wet floor

Simply sliding on a patch of spilled Coca-Cola in aisle 7 of your local supermarket is not enough to make a claim, but should you fall to the floor, or even crash into a shelf, you may injure yourself to an extent where claiming for tripping on a wet floor is valid. Examples include:

  • A worker slipping on leaking oil from a deep-fat-fryer in a fast-food restaurant whose arm enters the fryer and is badly burned because of the slip.
  • A member of the public slipping on spilled liquid in a supermarket, falling and landing heavily on her back, damaging the lower spine and coccyx.
  • An employee slipping on dirty water from a leaking toilet facility, falling to the ground and cracking his skull on the side of the toilet.

Claiming from a trip due to an uneven surface

While there is no designated trip hazard height in the UK, a trip that has occurred due to a sinking, or raising of an object (such as a paving slab) that results in a difference in height is a common situation that can result in a significant compensation payment.

Some examples may include:

  • Tripping due to an unrepaired road pothole, leading to a hard forward fall and injury to the hands, upper arms and knees (all as a consequence of naturally breaking the fall).
  • Tripping on a step that was poorly signed and difficult to see, resulting in a staggered fall damaging the shoulder and upper arm.
  • Tripping due to a misaligned kerb, leading to a stumble into traffic and subsequent road traffic accident.

Compensation for slip and fall injuries arising from unforeseen hazards

While we are all expected to go about our day with a reasonable level of awareness, many hazards can occur from unexpected objects that simply shouldn’t have been left where they are. Stumbling over these items can lead to a winning compensation claim. For example:

  • Tripping over a paint pot left in a doorway.
  • Tripping over cleaning equipment left in the aisle of a shop.
  • Tripping over wires badly maintained in an office.

The consequence of slips, trips and falls can be far more considerable than the first impressions would expect. In fact, according to a UNISON report from 2017, a significant percentage of falls leading to serious injury or death occur due to a slip, trip or fall in the first instance.

I slipped and fell at work, what should I do? Can I claim compensation for the fall?

If you have had an accident at work, in a public place, or in a private venue that was not your fault then you can make a compensation claim for the injury you have suffered. At Accident Line Direct we have a team of expert personal injury solicitors who work on a No Win No Fee basis to get you the maximum possible financial award with no need for any initial financial costs from you.

No Win No Fee means we do not take a penny from you on our journey to a final award. We work under a conditional fee agreement that stipulates we only claim any money from you if the final outcome is a successful one. Our success fee is a small percentage of your final award, meaning we win when you win, and our fortunes are tied together.

It is this collaboration that ensures that our legal team work to the best of their ability to secure the largest award possible for you. There are no hidden fees, and there’s no small print for you to worry about.

To start your claim though Accident Line Direct give us a call today or fill out our contact form to have one of our team call you back at a convenient time. All our advisors are trained, compassionate people who understand the personal nature of an injury compensation claim, and they will treat your situation with professionalism and empathy.

So, give us at Accident Line Direct a call now and let us start together to get you the financial compensation you deserve.

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