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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Making your garden safer: Removing trip hazards


    Trip hazards are responsible for a great deal of accidents in gardens. This applies to both private gardens and those open to the public.

    Garden tripping accidents

    Trip injuries in gardens are caused by an array of potential hazards, including:

    • Gardening tools or machines (lawn mowers, hedge cutters, etc) being left lying around on pathways
    • Hose pipes or wires to electrical garden appliances stretching across paths or partially hidden on grassy areas
    • Poorly maintained paths/deck areas
    • Poorly lit steps on paths/deck areas

    Mole hills; holes in the ground; tree roots or stumps; carelessly discarded toys or play equipment; watering cans, buckets and guide-ropes attached to removable (plastic) greenhouses all may be the cause of injuries by tripping in gardens.

    Slips, trips and falls

    In order to effectively prevent trip or slip injuries, home owners and those responsible for public gardens must ensure trip hazards like those mentioned above (and any other hazards likely to result in trip-related injuries not mentioned here) are removed or dealt with immediately. Keeping tools, equipment, etc safely stored away when not in use; maintaining paths, steps and decks properly and ensuring roots, stumps, etc are either removed or marked clearly all form part of ensuring accidental injuries are successfully prevented.

    Public liability claims

    People injured by tripping in gardens where trip hazards were not dealt with or removed by owners/managers may be entitled to personal injury compensation. Claims for trip injury compensation must be made within three years of the incident causing the injury. Those unsure whether they are eligible to claim for compensation can confirm their claim for eligibility by filling in the online Accident Advice Helpline compensation calculator, or by discussing the circumstances surrounding their injury with one of this law firm’s helpful advisors. Confidential, no-obligation calls to these advisors can be made 24/7 via a free phone number.

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    Funding compensation claims

    Many injured individuals are worried about claiming accidental injury compensation because they fear the financial implications of hiring a compensation solicitor. This fear is, however, not necessary with Accident Advice Helpline, as all claims handled by this company are taken on under conditional fee agreements.

    No win no fee* claims

    Also known as a no win no fee* agreement, this basically means that the services of Accident Advice Helpline lawyers, legal fees and any other costs incurred during the process of claiming for compensation are not paid for until a claim has been successfully settled. At this point, a percentage of the awarded compensation amount is deducted to cover these expenses.

    Date Published: July 8, 2014

    Author: Accident Advice

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.