For the owners of privately owned gardens to be held liable for injuries by slipping, tripping or falling on their grounds, it must be shown that they either:
- Created the trip, slip or fall hazard
- Knew of the existing trips, fall or slip hazard but did nothing to prevent injuries by tripping, falling or slipping by removing it or at least warning visitors of its presence, or
- The fall, slip or trip hazard existed for such a long period of time that the owner
should have noticed and dealt with it
In other words, owners of privately owned gardens are only liable for personal injuries if it can be shown that an accidental injury caused by their failure to deal with a potential hazard was foreseeable.
Potential hazards in privately owned gardens
Possible hazards leading to injuries by tripping, slipping or falling in privately owned gardens could, for instance, consist of:
- Poorly maintained pathways
- Deep holes on pathways or lawn areas
- Uneven or damaged steps leading to different levels of a garden
- Wet, mossy or algae covered decking areas
- Carelessly discarded gardening tools or outdoor toys
Poorly maintained garden chairs or benches, play equipment, such as swings, slides, trampolines, and defective or inadequate lighting can also lead to garden accidents owners could potentially be held liable for.
Unfortunate garden incidents
If you had an accident in a privately owned garden and believe the owner was responsible for your resulting accidental injury, we, Accident Advice Helpline, can very quickly establish whether the garden’s owner is liable for your trip, slip and fall injury or not.
Simply fill in the compensation calculator on our Website or explain your slip, trip and fall accident to one of our expert advisors and we will do the rest.
How to get hold of us
You can get in touch with our advisors via our freephone helpline. If you are calling from your landline, you need to dial 0800 689 0500, whereas calls from your mobile should be directed to 0333 500 0993. Both lines are available around the clock, any day or night throughout the year. Any details you provide online or while discussing your situation with an advisor will be kept strictly confidential, and you will not be under any obligation to go ahead with a personal injury claim at any time.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice