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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

    Survivor guide: Walking in high heels


    Many ladies like to wear high heels for special occasions, but walking in high heels can be tricky, especially if the ground is uneven or the weather conditions are poor. If you’re a fan of stilettos, here are some helpful tips to reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls and ensure you are able to walk tall.

    • Plan ahead
      If you’re going to a party, you’ve been invited to a wedding or you have an important business meeting, it’s a good idea to plan ahead to help you decide which shoes are suitable. If you know you’re going to have walk over cobbles or it’s raining or snowing heavily outside, it may be best to go for a smaller, thicker heel, rather than a sky-scraper stiletto to help you balance and lower the risk of a fall in a public place.
    • Focus on heel height
      The height of your heel can make a real difference to your ability to walk. Extremely high heels, of 5 inches or more, are very difficult to walk in and you’ll find it much easier to get where you need to go in a smaller heel. If you want to wear high heels but you’re not sure about certain parts of the path or wearing high heels for a prolonged period of time, why not take some flat shoes to change into with you?
    • Practice makes perfect
      If you’re used to wearing high heels, you’ll probably find that it becomes easier every time. If you’re not used to wearing heels, you may wonder how on earth people manage it when you put your shoes on for the first time and practice can make all the difference. When you get your shoes, practice walking up and down and you’ll soon notice a difference.
    • Be wary of the conditions
      The weather can make a massive difference to health and safety when it comes to wearing heels, so check the forecast and consider changing your choice of shoe if it’s wet or icy outside.
    • Wear your shoes in
      New shoes can be painful and uncomfortable, so take some time to wear your shoes in; if they feel tight, walk around in them while wearing a pair of socks and spend half an hour or so wearing them every evening in the run-up to the event.

    Can I make a claim if I fall in a public place?

    If you slip or trip in a public place or you’ve been injured after a public place fall, you may be able to claim public liability compensation; however, you must be able to prove that you were not at fault and you will need evidence to show that your slip and trip injuries were caused by somebody else’s negligence. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for no win, no fee* advice.

    Date Published: April 27, 2015

    Author: SM Content

    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.