Slip, Trip & Fall Questions

 

How are slipping claims assessed?

We all know how easy it is to slip and take a tumble. It can happen at work, it can happen while we are out shopping, and it can happen while we are walking down the road. The main thing to remember is, if you slip and injure yourself anywhere but at home, you may have grounds to bring a case for compensation if there was negligence involved.
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Will I be able to claim if I slipped on snow?

We’ve had some nasty winters in the UK in recent years, so much so we are starting to get used to the sight of snow. However, as excited as some of us get when it comes to seeing those big thick flakes tumbling out of the sky, they can also present a real hazard.
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What will I be claiming for if I trip or fall?

Some people might hesitate to make a claim for compensation after they’ve tripped and fallen, feeling that it’s far too trivial an incident. Media stories about frivolous claims and a general feeling that a ‘compensation culture’ is developing in the UK have led to some people feeling that claims of this kind are somehow dishonest, and amount to trying to cash in on misfortune. All of this is a mistake, however.
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Isn’t a trip only a minor accident?

Over recent years the concept of claiming compensation has developed something of a stigma. In part this is due to the ‘hard sell’ approach of some of the more disreputable companies working in the field, a minority whose activities tend to discredit the rest. On top of this there is the media representation of a ‘compensation culture’, something which is not actually backed up by the facts and figures but which has nevertheless become a widespread misconception.
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What information will be required to put a slip, trip or fall claim together?

Every claim for compensation is individual, and there’s clearly a world of difference between claiming for a case of whiplash, and seeking compensation for the loss of a limb. What all claims do share, however, is an adherence to certain basic principles. The first of these is that you sustained injury as the result of an accident. The second principle central to any compensation claim is that the accident in question wasn’t your fault. If you tripped over loose wiring in a factory, for example, and injured yourself in the fall, then it’s the fault of the factory owners for failing to make the loose wires safe.
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Who is responsible if I trip in a public place?

Most of the time, thankfully, tripping and falling is a minor matter which causes more damage to our ego than anything else. Sometimes, however, it can prove to be much more serious. A simple trip over an uneven paving stone or a slip on a wet tiled floor can, if you land awkwardly, result in serious injury. Broken bones, trauma to the head and whiplash are amongst the more severe ramifications and what may sound like a trivial mishap can end up having a major impact upon every area of your life.
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I slipped in a supermarket, can I claim?

All supermarkets have a duty of care to their customers and employees. In other words, they have an obligation to ensure that you can shop safely without risk of injury. Therefore, if you slip in a supermarket then it is quite possible that they could be in breach of their obligations and you could be entitled to compensation. However, a lot will depend on how and why you slipped.
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If I trip on an uneven pavement, can I claim?

Most of us have fallen over in the street at some point in our lives. Often it is because we weren’t looking where we were going, but sometimes it is not our fault. If you fall over because of an uneven or broken paving slap, there is a possibility that you could be entitled to claim for compensation. However, you have to have suffered an injury and you have to establish that someone else is liable for your injury.
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I fell on a wet floor with no warning sign, can I claim?

According to the government’s own health and safety advice, falls are far more likely to take place on floors which have become wet in one way or another. In some cases, this may be the result of a spillage which hasn’t been cleared up, or a problem such as a pipe leaking oil or water. Sometimes, however, a floor in a place such as a supermarket or train station may become wet as a result of cleaning, something which, if the proper warnings aren’t given, represents a major hazard.
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Can I claim if I fell and injured myself at work?

When you go to work, you enter into a two-way contract with your employer. The first part of that contract and the one which is most obvious is that you provide your labour, skills or services in return for a wage. The second part is that your employer is bound, by law, to provide a working environment which is safe. The legal position is outlined by the Health and Safety Executive and states, quite clearly, that any employer has a duty to keep their staff safe from harm.
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