Leaving shoes around the house can be dangerous. Here is why.
Dangers of leaving shoes around the house
The dangers of leaving shoes around the house are obvious: if left all over the place, shoes represent trip hazards that could cause a potentially serious trip and fall injuries.
This is bad enough if you injure yourself, but if someone else is injured by tripping over your shoes, you could be held liable for their personal injuries. A compensation claim against you could leave you with serious financial problems.
Liability for slips and trips
Basically, homeowners have a duty of care to minimise the risk of anyone who visits their premises sustaining accidental injuries. If they fail in this duty by, for example, leaving shoes around the house, and you subsequently sustain a personal injury, they could be held liable to compensate you.
Employers and owners/managers of public establishments also have a responsibility to prevent (and could be held liable for) injuries by tripping and slipping.
Injured by tripping
If for instance, you trip and fall at the office because your employer did nothing to prevent trips and falls, you could be eligible to make a work injury claim.
Likewise, if you were to trip or slip at your local supermarket because passages were cluttered or spills were not cleaned up, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation.
Naturally, this also applies to injuries by slipping, tripping or falling in a hotel, restaurant or other public establishments.
What to do after a trip, slip or fall
If you sustained an injury by slipping or tripping, you should:
- Report your accident and seek medical attention immediately
- If possible, get witness statements and/or photographs of the scene of your slip or trip
- Keep receipts for any expenses (medical bills, travel expenses, cost of care, etc) you may incur due to your injury
Finally, get no-obligation, free personal injury advice and enlist the help of an Accident Advice Helpline solicitor by calling our 24/7 freephone helpline. Calls are confidential and obligation-free. Claims are invariably processed by in-house Accident Advice Helpline solicitors under conditional fee agreements (100% no-win, no-fee*).
If you believe you may have a claim, call us now. The respective numbers to call from your mobile or UK landline are 0333 500 0993 and 0800 689 0500. Alternatively, you can contact us online by completing our unique 30-second test.
Date Published: May 4, 2017
Author: Accident Advice