Slip, Trip and Fall Accident Claims Explained

Slip Trip and Fall Accident Claims Explained

If you are injured in a slip, trip or fall accident which is someone else’s fault then you may well have a claim for compensation.

Slip, trip and fall accidents are one of the most common types of everyday accidents ranging from trip and fall accidents on pavements to slips and falls on wet floors in offices or supermarkets and tripping and falling from height at work.

When it comes to accidents on roads or pavements, the Highways Act 1980 will most commonly apply. This says that the Highway Authority (usually the local council) has a “duty” to maintain the highway.

So if you tripped and fell over a hole in the pavement it could potentially mean liability though there may well be arguments as to the size of the hole and whether or not the council had a reasonable system of inspection in place.

As for slip, trip and fall accidents in office buildings, shops or supermarkets, the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 basically provides that an occupier has a “duty” to take reasonable care for the safety of visitors. This might cover a slip and fall accident caused by liquid on the floor or perhaps a trip over fruit which had fallen onto the floor in a warehouse or supermarket.

Again, a lot will depend upon the particular facts and exactly what system was in place, but if you’ve suffered injury in a slip, trip or fall accident it is always advisable to speak with a No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyer to find out if you have a claim for compensation.

Depending upon the circumstances of the accident, shops and supermarkets may also be covered by specific provisions as to accidents in a workplace. This also leads to the next point that if you trip, slip or fall at work due to the fault of your employer then once again you may well have a claim for compensation.

As with shops, this could be covered by both the Occupiers Liability Act 1957 as well as specific workplace provisions depending upon what happened. So, for example, falls from height at work would be just such a situation which may well give rise to liability.

Claims Direct has a team of Personal Injury Lawyers that specialise in slip, trip and fall accident claims. 98% of claims are dealt with on a No Win No Fee basis and we offer a free consultation to discuss your claim.

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