Slips, trips and falls in public places happen all the time and leave many people with injuries. Uneven footpaths, broken paving slabs and wet or slippery floors in shops and offices can all cause slips, trips and falls, and can cause serious harm.
However, those responsible for public areas have a duty of care to protect people from injury. Employers have to follow health and safety guidelines to prevent accidents, including tripping over wires or slipping on spills. The same applies to councils, restaurant owners, office managers, and shop owners.
Therefore if you have suffered a trip, slip or fall injury, and another party is responsible for your accident, you could be entitled to make a claim.
Shopkeepers and organisations responsible for public spaces have a duty to make sure their land and buildings are safe for visitors and don’t accidents.
If you are injured in such an accident, serious questions must be raised about whether or not a breach of duty has occurred. This might include if a local authority has neglected to repair a defective footpath; a supermarket has failed to clear up a spillage; or a bar, pub or night club has not provided a safe environment. If the negligence of an individual or establishment is to blame for your slip, trip or fall, you will be eligible to make a personal injury compensation claim.
There is a 2 year time limit to making a personal injury compensation claim from the date of the accident, so it’s advisable to seek expert legal advice as soon as you think you may have a valid claim for compensation. It’s often easier to investigate your accident claim if you begin proceedings quickly.
If you would like us to help you, or if you would simply like to have a chat to discuss your options about any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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