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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

    Slips and trips lingo: Contamination

    At Accident Advice Helpline we aim to make the claim process as straightforward and as efficient as possible. We understand that many people may be confused by the terminology and jargon surrounding an injury claim. That’s part of the reason why we publish these handy blog articles, so we can help to simplify the claim process for our clients.

    In this article, we’ll be taking a look at what the word ‘contamination’ means when used in the context of a slip, trip or fall.


    People seldom slip or fall on a clean, dry surface. Surface contamination is involved in almost all slip or trip accidents. Contamination simply refers to anything that ends up on a surface which should not be there, for example:

    • Oil
    • Rain water
    • Dirt
    • Detergent
    • Spilled products

    This increases the risk of suffering a slip or trip and the effect is particularly pronounced on smooth surfaces such as vinyl, ceramic tiles or varnished wood. Even a tiny amount of contamination increases the risk of slipping or falling.

    How to prevent contamination

    In the cases of a slip or trip, prevention is better than the cure. It is important to take steps to avoid contamination by installing drip trays, guards and rubber matting at entrances. If it is impossible to eliminate contamination completely, it may be an idea to review your working practices such as undertaking a regular cleaning schedule and wearing appropriate footwear with adequate grip.

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    If you’ve suffered a slip, trip or fall within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to make a 100 per cent no-win-no-fee** slip or trip claim. Contact one of our highly skilled, professional and friendly advisors today for more information.

    You will be under no obligation to proceed with any claim for compensation that may be discussed over the phone. Alternatively. you can find out online just how much compensation you could be entitled to by taking our 30-second test. Please note that the amount of compensation can vary depending on a number of factors, meaning any amounts quoted are guideline amounts only and may not accurately reflect a final payout of compensation.

    The majority of our claims are settled outside court, meaning many of our clients will not have to make a court appearance when making a claim for compensation. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.

    Date Published: April 27, 2015

    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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