Slips, trips and falls are quite prevalent and are most common in public and work places. The worst of these kind of accidents can prove to be fatal but they can also lead to head injuries, back injuries, fractures and in the worst cases, paralysis.
Unlike some other claims such as road traffic accident claims, these can be somewhat difficult to make, especially as collecting evidence can be quite daunting. Moreover, in some cases, especially if the accident occurred on the street, it’s hard to determine who to make the claim against.
Slips will occur mostly in places where the surface is still wet or slippery. In work places, this may be due to negligence, especially if it’s a wet floor that was not properly cleaned and dried. Appropriate signs should be used to indicate wet surfaces and as such, a company may be liable for any accidents that occur as a result of failing to apply the required safety procedures.
When it comes to the outside, slipping on the pavement due to weather conditions can cause serious injuries. However, making a slip, trip and fall claim may be tricky because the council might not be held directly responsible for the accident. On the other hand, if the same was to happen in a parking bay of say a shopping centre, a hospital or a school, slips, trips and falls claims can be made against these premises.
Tripping and falling accidents may seem like a regular occurrence but they are just as avoidable. Tripping on work equipment or wires that are left lying around is another common occurrence. The resulting fall may cause disastrous injuries that may leave you unable to work for a long period of time. These are just a small list of the situations that can lead to claims being made.
If you’ve had a trip, slip, or fall in a public place which wasn’t your fault we would urge you to get in touch with us as soon as possible.