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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

    How to avoid accidents in public places with children


    Accidents are a major cause of illnesses and injuries among young children. According to figures from the Department of Health, more than 500,000 children aged between 1 and 5 years of age visit hospitals across the UK every year as a result of accidents.

    Sometimes it is possible to avoid accidents, but if your child has endured slips, trip or falls in a public place and it wasn’t their fault, you may be able to claim compensation.

    How to avoid accidents or slips, trips and falls in public places

    Anyone can slip or trip, but statistics show that children and older people are most likely to suffer injuries as a result of falling or tripping over. Employers and managers employ measures to reduce the risks and avoid accidents, including:

    • Clearing up spillages as quickly as possible
    • Placing warning signs to alert people about loose flooring, changes in the level of Flooring, small steps and slippery floors
    • Ensuring that stairways are clear from obstructions and banisters are solid and in good condition
    • Ensuring that premises are well-lit

    Parents can also take additional measures to try and avoid accidents, such as:

    • Keeping hold of their child in busy areas and helping them to cross roads and climb stairs
    • Ensuring that they have suitable footwear, which fits well and provides support for the feet; this is especially important for very young children who have only recently started to walk
    • Alerting their child to potential hazards, such as hidden steps or split-level flooring in shops and guiding them around puddles of liquid in a supermarket, for example
    • Ensuring that their child is supervised and in close contact at all times, especially when it is very busy or there are potential dangers around, such as roads, harmful objects or chemicals and naked flames

    My child has had an accident in a public place: can I make a claim?

    If your child has been injured or suffered illness as a result of an accident, which wasn’t their fault, you may be eligible for slip, trip or fall compensation or public liability compensation. Accident Advice Helpline has more than a decade of experience in helping people to claim road traffic accident compensation and work accident compensation without any hassle or stress.

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    The claims process is simple and convenient, most clients do not have to go to court and the legal team operates on a no win, no fee basis. If you fit the following criteria, contact Accident Advice Helpline today:

    • Your child had an accident in the last 3 years
    • The accident was not their fault (or the fault of the parents or person who was looking after them at the time)
    • The child saw a doctor or medical professional at the time
    • There is evidence to support your case

    So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.

    Date Published: November 5, 2013

    Author: David Brown

    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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