Falling in public can be embarrassing, it’s true, but that is the least of your worries if you trip and fall in a public place. You’d be surprised just how serious injuries sustained in falls can actually be. You could suffer injuries to your legs, hands, wrists, back, shoulders, neck, head or even your face, depending on the type of accident you’re involved in. But what are some of the most common causes of falls in public?
How did your fall happen?
Falls in public can happen anywhere, from the gym to a shopping centre or even on the local high street. We’ve been helping people claim personal injury compensation for over 15 years – here are a few of the most common causes of falls in public we have come across:
- Tripping on broken or loose paving stones or a damaged kerb, causing broken legs, ankles and hips, bruises and head injuries
- Slipping on a wet floor in a shopping centre or leisure centre where no warning signs have been displayed
- Tripping over stock left lying around in a shop
- Tripping over hazards on stairs, for example in a department store or multi-storey car park
- Falling into an open hole such as an exposed manhole or hole created for roadworks that has been left unattended
If you or someone you love has been injured after a fall in public, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation from the person(s) responsible. For example, if an elderly relative has fractured their hip after tripping on a broken paving stone, you could make a claim against your local council, as it’s their responsibility to maintain pavements to a safe standard. If you have been injured after slipping on a wet floor in a shopping centre, the centre management could be held liable for your injuries.
Claiming compensation after a fall
Common causes of falls in public are generally things which can be avoided if proper precautions are taken. So if somebody else’s negligence has caused your accident, you could make a personal injury claim. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you have an eligible claim, and get advice from our team of expert advisors. We’re on hand to answer any questions you have about the claims process, and there’s no obligation to proceed with a claim. However you have been injured after a fall, you could make a 100% no win, no fee claim for compensation with Accident Advice Helpline.
Date Published: May 13, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton