A slip, trip or fall accident which causes personal injury can occur in public or private places and the law relating to negligence for both locations is very similar. In these cases any allegation of negligence by a personal injury solicitor can be defended if the occupier of the land in question has taken reasonable care for the safety of visitors :-
Slipping and Tripping in Private Places
This includes factories and homes as well as any land around them including gardens. Whilst most workers in a commercial environment are very well protected by specific legislation relating to workplace safety, what many people do not realise is that in addition to being able to take solicitors action against a landlord for injury caused by defective commercial premises it is also possible to take action against a private occupier of a domestic dwelling if a tripping or slipping or falling accident occurs on property owned, rented of controlled by them due to their negligence. This means that if a slip or trip causing a fall and subsequent injury occurs at at a friends home then a claim can be made and if that friend has a policy of household insurance, it will almost certainly be the insurer that pays the compensation.
Slips and Trips in Public Places
This includes roads and pavements and shops and offices to where the public are ostensibly invited with free access. In all cases the rules that govern trip slip and fall compensation claims are similar. The occupiers of these locations which can be a public authority or a private institution have a duty to regularly inspect and repair/clean their property and premises. If they fail to implement an adequate inspection and repair/cleaning regime and someone is injured in a slip or a trip then they are liable to pay compensation.
Trip Slip Fall Accident Solicitors
Umbrella Claims is a solicitors organisation that deals exclusively with personal injury accident compensation claims on a no win no fee basis. We will minimalise any inconvenience to you and we offer free advice without obligation from some of the best lawyers in the business. We ensure that our client's interests are a priority and our solicitors deal with claims in a friendly, efficient and competent manner to ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve in the shortest time scale possible. We operate the no win no fee scheme otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client.
Slipping & Tripping Case Law
The amount of financial compensation awarded for pain and suffering in a tripping or slipping accident depends on the extent and severity of the injury and whether or not there are any long term complications. In addition to pain and suffering an award will also be made for all reasonably incurred losses.
In a slipping and tripping incident Ms. G sustained a fracture to the lateral malleous of her left ankle. She wore a cast for 6 weeks and was unable to work for 9 weeks. The medical expert expected that the claimant would make a full recovery within 22 weeks. At the date of trial however the Claimant's ankle still gave way occasionally. She was awarded £4,400 for her claim for personal injury (pain, suffering and loss of amenity).
Ms. W was only aged 10 when the slip trip accident occurred. She slipped on some liquid in a shop and fell onto the floor. She sustained a laceration to her chin which healed after approximately 3 weeks. She was left with a scar of approximately 1.5 cm in length. This could not be treated with plastic surgery, but it would be capable of being covered with make up when the Claimant was older. She was awarded £3,200.
Mr A was also involved in a tripping accident whereby his foot went into a pot hole in the pavement and he suffered minor but painful and debilitating sprain. He was awarded £2,000 which included pain and suffering and wages losses.