We all know that accidents happen, but most slips, trips and falls could be avoided by effective accident prevention techniques. If you’ve had an accident at work or you’ve slipped in a public place, you may be thinking about claiming compensation.
According to figures from the Health and Safety Executive, slips, trips, and falls are the most common form of accident at work and they account for a large proportion of work accident claims and public liability compensation claims, but why are falls so common and what can be done to prevent them?
Why are slips, trips, and falls so common?
Slips, trips and falls are very common because there are hazards all around us. Even the safest looking environment presents risks. The most common causes of slips, trips and falls in a public place are spillages and wet floor, stairs and uneven flooring and changes in the level of the floor surface.
In many cases, accidents happen as a result of people not looking where they are going or being distracted while they are walking. It is commonplace to see people listening to music on a portable device or sending a text message on their mobile while they walk and this undoubtedly increases the risk of a fall because these activities distract you.
What issues stop accident prevention being effective
Aside from personal negligence, other barriers to accident prevention include ignorance of the risks, a lack of understanding of health and safety issues and potential problems with the environment.
These may occur if a company or a body, such as a council, fails to comply with guidelines and policies, which are designed to prevent falls and injuries. Many accidents happen because people are unaware of the risks presented by the environment and they assume that nothing will happen to them.
Can I claim for an accident in a public place?
If you’ve had an accident in a public place and it wasn’t your fault, you may be able to claim public liability compensation or slip, trip or fall compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline has more than a decade of experience in handling public place claims and the firm is endorsed by Esther Rantzen, television consumer rights champion.
If you meet the following criteria, you may be eligible for compensation:
- you have had an accident in the last 3 years
- you have medical reports from the time of the incident
- you have evidence of the accident
- you have had an accident that was not your fault