Slips & Trips in Public Places

What is a Slip or Trip Accident?  
Slip and trip accidents occur as a result of hazards on the floor or ground. The most common are spillages or debris which leave the floor slippery or unsafe. Slip and trip accidents can result in a wide variety of injuries, from bruising or a sprained ankle to broken bones and head injuries.

It is the duty of the owner or occupier of premises to ensure that their property is kept in a reasonably safe condition to prevent injuries to visitors and members of the public. This includes taking sufficient steps to ensure that there is a reasonable system of identifying hazards and dealing with them as swiftly as possible. 

Slip and trip accidents happen in many locations including: 

  • supermarkets
  • restaurants and pubs
  • car parks
  • shopping centres
  • gyms and sports halls
  • private land 

What can I do?
To make a successful claim for compensation you need to prove that another person was responsible for your accident. This often means proving that an owner or occupier of a public place has not taken sufficient steps to ensure your safety. 

If your accident happened at a location open to the public, such as in a supermarket, you may be able to make a claim against the occupier’s public liability insurance. If your accident occurred on private land, you could still pursue a claim against the private individual or business with responsibility for the area, providing that they have sufficient insurance in place to deal with the claim. 

It is important to report your accident to a member of staff or the owner or occupier of the premises as soon as possible, preferably immediately after your accident. Ensure that your accident is recorded in an accident book, if one is available. We recommend, if possible, taking photographs of the area where the accident happened and any hazard that you feel has caused your injury. 

If there are any witnesses to your accident, you should try to make a note of their name, address and contact telephone number.

Always keep a note of any expenses you incur as a result of your injuries, including copies of receipts and invoices where available.

How can claiming for compensation help me?
Suffering an injury can have serious consequences for you and your family, with many people requiring time off work and having to survive on limited sick pay following an accident. Pursuing a claim will not only ensure that you are properly compensated for your injury, but will mean that you are reimbursed for any losses and expenses that you have incurred. This includes any lost earnings or future loss of earnings if your injury means that you have to take time off work or cannot return to work at all, as well as the cost of medical treatment and travelling to appointments. 

Claiming compensation will give you access to the best rehabilitation and treatment providers to maximise your recovery following the accident. The NHS provides excellent care at the acute stage following an injury, but long term rehabilitation can be lacking. Making a successful claim for compensation will mean funding is made available for a range of expert input where appropriate.

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