5 Things You Should Do If You Are Injured as a Result of a Trip, Slip or Fall

Injuries from Slips, Trips & Falls whether in the workplace, in a supermarket or other store, or on the roads or pavements of our towns and cities, make up a large part of a personal injury solicitors work load because of the sheer volume of them occurring each year. They are the most common cause of fatal and serious accidents in the workplace each year, according to the Health and Safety Executive.
Posted on June 8, 2017   By Carl_Waring

“Slips, Trips & Falls” is not a term you will come across in everyday life (unless you happen to work in the personal injury compensation sector, perhaps). That said it is pretty self-evident what it relates to, and we all at some point during our lives will have slipped, tripped or fallen. For personal injury lawyers trips, slips and fall injury claims make up quite a large part of their practices, because these types of injury make up a large part of all the injuries sustained in this country on an annual basis.

Slips, Trips & Falls Most Common Cause of Fatal or Serious Workplace Injury

Often people who make personal injury claims following a slip, trip or fall, are criticised for being part of what the popular press like to call, the ‘compensation culture.’ However, in its report Kinds of Accident in Great Britain, 2016, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reported that, falls from height were associated with more fatal injuries to workers, than any other specific kind during the year 2015/2016. Slips, trips and falls and falls from height, accounted for 36% of all self-reported non-fatal accidents (of a specified type) in the years 2013/2014 and 2015/2016. Falls from height accounted for 9.4 days lost from work per injured person and slips, trip and falls for just under 8 days per person, during the relevant two year period. It is unlikely therefore that all of these could be said to be down to a desire to succumb to the ‘compensation culture!’ As with the much-derided whiplash injury, commonly sustained in car accidents, people who have suffered injuries in a tripping accident know only too well how painful and often disabling they can be. If they have been suffered as a result of someone else’s negligence, why shouldn’t the victim be compensated as the law permits?

Slips, trips and falls are also commonplace in non-work environments too, be it tripping over uneven pavements, slipping at a supermarket or being injured on poorly maintained equipment at the playground. The most common of these is slipping on a wet surface; this can be due to a spillage, or where the floor has been cleaned and not dried and a warning sign not displayed.

No-one Should Feel Guilty About Making a Claim for Compensation When Injured in a Slip, Trip or Fall That Was Not Their Fault

As with any claim for personal injury compensation, it goes without saying, that slip, trip and fall claims must be genuine. If someone were to make a slip, trip or fall claim that was false, then they could be prosecuted for fraud. However you can’t accidentally commit fraud, so if you genuinely suffer injury as a result of a supermarket accident or as a result of slips, trips or falls at work or for instance on a damaged pavement or road surface, then there is no ethical reason not to make a claim and indeed there is a case for ensuring that you do. At Mayiclaim we have recommended our expert solicitors to many clients, who have suffered what initially, seemed to be relatively modest injuries, only for them to go on and prove to be far more debilitating to the client than was first expected with the result claiming for loss of earnings and rehabilitation expenses as well as for compensation for personal injury.

To make a successful personal injury compensation claim after a slip, trip or fall, you would need to prove that the owner of the land or property where your accident happened was responsible for your injury.

Here Are Our Top Tips for What to do Should You be Unfortunate to Suffer a Slip, Trip or Fall;

  • 1.Report the slip, trip or fall accident to staff or owner at the time (if the accident took place in a supermarket or at work);
  • 2.Make a note of your accident in the accident book if there is one;
  • 3.Take names and addresses of any witnesses to the accident;
  • 4.Take photographs of the area where the accident happened, as soon as possible. In cases involving badly maintained pavements or potholes, it’s a good idea to put a ruler (or coin if you don’t have a ruler handy!) beside the defect when you photograph it to give an idea of depth/height.
  • 5.If you are intending to claim medical and travel expenses as part of your slip, trip or fall claim, remember to keep the receipts.

Checklist: Who’s Responsible for Your Slip, Trip or Fall?

Where the accident occurred, determines who would be held responsible and therefore against whom a compensation claim should be made. Here is a quick checklist:

  • Local Council - If the accident occurred on council owned property such as a public footpath or playground, which they have neglected, then the personal injury compensation claim would be made against the local authority. Examples include tripping over a raised paving slab or a pothole in the road.
  • Occupier / Business - If someone slipped on a wet floor in a building open to the public (such as a bank, a supermarket or a restaurant) and they were injured, then the claim would be made against the occupiers of the building (eg the bank etc).
  • Employer – An injury sustained at work due to the negligence of an employer, such as tripping on a cable trailing along the floor, could result in a personal injury compensation claim being made against the employer.

If you or one of your family have been the victim of an air accident, contact Mayiclaim right away. Making that first call may be difficult however you can be assured that you will be treated with the utmost care and respect. We work with some of the finest personal injury compensation solicitors in the country, so don’t delay – call us on 0800 756 7774, email on enquiries@mayiclaim.co.uk or fill in a quick claim form on this website.

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