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    Slip Trip & Fall Claims

    24 HOUR ADVICE

    0800 0523 693

    How common are slip trip & fall claims in the UK?

    According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), at least one person dies per week from a slip, trip or fall, with someone breaking or fracturing a bone every 25 minutes. What’s more, 33% of all non-fatal workplace injuries are caused by slips, trips and falls, costing the UK economy up to £1.1bn each year.

    How much can people claim?

    There is no predetermined compensation amount for personal injuries sustained as a result of slipping, tripping or falling. The compensation awarded is dependent on how serious the injury is and how long it takes the injured person to recover. Our professional and friendly solicitors have worked in this field for many years and will use that experience to help you obtain the right amount of compensation for your injuries.

    Who is responsible for slip trip & fall claims?

    There are three primary situations that might lead to a person suffering from a slip or trip accident. These include incidents that take place in public places that the council is responsible for maintaining; accidents that take place in public places that private businesses are responsible for maintaining; and accidents that take place at work.

    What can be claimed against?

    Whether caused by poor lighting, uneven pavements or wet surfaces, falling and tripping accidents usually occur due to poor housekeeping by employers, shops, councils and landlords.

    The injuries people can suffer from after a slip, trip or fall vary from sprains, cuts and bruises that heal quickly to spinal damage, fractures and head trauma that turn people’s lives upside down.

    Slips, trips and falls happen almost everywhere, from shops, buildings and restaurants to supermarkets, public transport and on the street.

    Slip Trip & Fall Claims Case Studies

    How do people make a claim?

    The first step is to speak to a legal professional. They’ll listen carefully to what you’ve been through and answer any questions you have before advising whether or not you have grounds to make a claim. Evidence is essential for a successful claim, so make sure you:

    • Write down the time, date and location of your accident and any weather conditions (if applicable)
    • Take photos of the accident site and your injury including measurements of any trip hazards
    • Ask passers by or anyone who helped you for their details
    • Report the accident to someone in charge & make sure they make a written note
    • Keep a diary to show how your recovery is going

    Start filing your personal injury claim today

    If you have been injured as a result of a slip or fall accident in a public area or at your place of work, you might consider making a compensation claim. You still have the right to file a claim for compensation even if you do not believe that any third party was at fault for the incident, our experienced solicitors will quickly be able to advise you on whether you have grounds for making a claim.

    Make sure to give our expert and friendly team a call or drop us an email to arrange a session for a fully free legal consultation and evaluation of the trip and or fall accident you were involved in. We are more than happy to help you make a claim for compensation against your employer in a timely and easy manner if we think that you have grounds to do so.

    Slip Trip & Fall Claims on stairs
    Slip Trip & Fall Claims in the workplace

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Take pictures of the scene of the accident as soon as possible.

    It would be helpful to put something like a 5op piece, or a ruler into the picture in order to give it scale. It would also be helpful to step back and take a picture that shows the nearest landmark (a shop, house, post box etc) so that we can prove exactly where it is.

    And make a note of the location – The address or the name of the nearest shop.

    Get in touch for some free initial advice!

    We can tell in one short phone call whether trip slip and fall claims are likely to succeed.

    And if it is worth going ahead, we will be able to tell you exactly what’s involved.

    If you have been injured by a trip, slip or fall in a supermarket, shop or public building you may be entitled to claim compensation.

    The occupiers of the premises have a legal duty to take care of your safety while you are on their premises (S.2 Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957).

    They ought to keep the paths and walkways inside (and outside) their premises in a safe condition, and if they fail to do so you may be entitled to claim compensation.

    The classic examples in a supermarket involve:

    -Spillages – yoghurt, milk, juice, squashed fruit – that haven’t been cleared up

    -Wet floors where cleaning and mopping has taken place, without warning signs displayed

    -Snow and ice in the car parks and driveways, which haven’t been properly cleared

    The occupiers don’t have to be perfect – Their duty is to take “reasonable” steps.

    But the courts will take account of the fact that you have been invited onto their premises to buy things from them.

    The courts also understand that you may be distracted by displays, promotions and other advertising, which grab your attention.

    Typically, these cases involve people tripping and falling over dangerous flag-stones, raised manhole covers and other dangerous obstructions on the pavement or in the street.

    Councils have a legal duty to maintain the roads and pavements in their area (S.41 Highways Act 1980).

    So it may be possible to claim compensation when an accident occurs because the council fails to take reasonable steps to maintain the road or pavement.

    But these cases can be difficult.

    If the council has a reasonable system of maintenance and inspection they may be able to avoid any liability.

    So it is important to get an expert solicitor on the case.

    Give us a call.

    Your employer has a legal duty to take care for your safety in the workplace, and a duty to keep all floor areas, stairs, passageways, car parks etc. safe and free from hazardous substances (Reg. 12 The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations 1992).

    So if you are injured in a tripping, slipping or falling accident at work because your employer has not met their legal duty you may be able to claim compensation.

    These cases often arise from:

    • People having to work in cluttered and untidy conditions, where they end up falling over equipment or stock
    • Dangerous stairs where there are loose treads, dangerous floor coverings or poor lighting
    • Wet floors where spillages have not been cleaned up, or where mopping has been done without any warning signs
    • Untreated ice and snow in the driveways and car parks at work.

    If you get in touch we will be able to tell you within a few minutes whether or not your case is worth investigating.

    The government has recently introduced an online system to handle lots of tripping and slipping claims, which has helped to simplify and speed up the process.

    All parties also have to abide by the terms of the Pre-Action Protocol for Personal Injury Claims, which encourages both sides to settle the case without court proceedings if possible.

    We will obtain all the necessary evidence about the circumstances of your accident, including statements from you and any witnesses.

    We will also obtain expert medical evidence in relation to your injury, and details of any loss of earnings and other financial losses.

    In cases, where the insurers refuse to negotiate sensibly, we are very experienced in the conduct of court proceedings.

    But, even in difficult tripping and slipping claims, where court proceedings are necessary, the vast majority of our cases are settled on favourable terms before we ever get to a trial.

    When cases do go ahead as a trial the experience of giving evidence is rarely as difficult as people imagine.

    We have previously published some very straightforward pointers about giving evidence at court.

    As you might expect, the amount of compensation in trip slip and fall claims can vary massively.

    The biggest considerations are the extent of any injuries, and the amount of any financial losses e.g loss of wages

    We will consider these very carefully with you before advising you how much you can expect to receive in compensation.

    In our recent tripping and slipping cases the level of settlement has ranged between £3,500 and £170,000!

    Most of our tripping and slipping claims are concluded within 12-18 months of the initial call.

    This is because:

    • These cases are often defended by the insurers
    • It is also necessary to gather expert medical evidence about the damage
    • We often have to bring court proceedings for our clients in order to get the right amount of compensation for them.
    • But we won’t get our fees until the case is finished, so we will get on with things as quickly as we can!

    If you ask us to deal with your case we will discuss the fee arrangements clearly and carefully before asking you to sign our terms and conditions.

    Although other fee arrangements are available, “no win no fee” is usually the best option for our clients.

    There are no “upfront” fees, no hidden charges, and we will never leave you out of pocket.

    Most importantly, if you lose the case you pay nothing at all.

    We have never had a complaint from a client in relation to fees.

    Mulderrigs have been representing clients in tripping and slipping claims for many years, and have dealt with hundreds of successful cases in the last twenty five years.

    We promise to speak to you in plain English.

    Our company has held the Law Society’s LEXCEL quality mark since 2002.

    Our client feedback is amazing –  97% of our clients describe our service as good or excellent.