Slips, trips and falls are the most common cause of workplace injury and the most reported type of incident among members of the public. If you have slipped or tripped in a public place or suffered an accident at work, you may be eligible for compensation.
How to avoid slips, trips and falls
It’s impossible to prevent accidents sometimes, but many accidents and falls can be avoided. Slips and trips are among the most common type of personal injury claim and this is predominately because there are hazards to negotiate in day to day life, whether you’re doing your shopping at the local supermarket and there has been a spillage, or you’re walking to work and stumble on an uneven pavement. You should always be aware of the best ways of how to avoid slips and falls.
Tips for members of the public
Thousands of people slip in a public place every year in the UK and while some cases may be associated with avoidable factors, many occur as a result of losing concentration, getting distracted or wearing unsuitable footwear. Here are some tips on how to avoid slips and falls when you are out and about:
- wear comfortable, suitable and well-fitting footwear
- watch where you are going and avoid getting distracted by mobile phones or listening to loud music; so many injuries occur as a result of people sending text messages or making phone calls while they are walking
- look out for warning signs about spillages, uneven surfaces and repair work to pavements or buildings
- take extra care when walking on wet floors
Can I make a claim for a slip, trip, or fall?
If you fall or trip and the accident was not your fault, you may be able to make a claim; however, if the incident was your fault or it arose from an avoidable situation, it may be difficult to get compensation.
Each case is evaluated on an individual basis and it is impossible to say whether or not compensation will be granted without knowing all the facts. You may be aware of how to avoid slips and falls, but this doesn’t mean that an accident won’t happen.
Accident Advice Helpline has been dealing with personal injury claims for over a decade and the expert legal team has a wealth of experience in handling compensation claims for slips, trips and falls.
The vast majority of clients never have to go to court, most of the information gathering can be done over the telephone and the firm is endorsed by consumer rights champion, Esther Rantzen.
Date Published: October 18, 2013
Author: David Brown