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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

    Five most hazardous public places

    Slips, trips, and falls are among the most common causes of injuries and accidents in public places. If you’ve fallen or slipped in a public place and it wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

    Slips, trips, and falls in public places

    Statistics show that slips, trips, and falls in public places are very common and while many of us have a small trip and get straight up, some people are not so lucky and they sustain serious injuries, which may prevent them from working for a long period of time and cause them to incur medical costs.

    Accident Advice Helpline can help you to claim slip, trip, and fall compensation if you have suffered an accident within the last 3 years and it wasn’t your fault. The firm was established more than a decade ago and has a wealth of experience in handing car crash claims, repetitive strain injury claims and work accident compensation claims.

    Sometimes, it is impossible to avoid accidents, but often, falls can be prevented with good management and clear warning signs. Here are the five most hazardous public places:

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    Supermarkets are hazardous because spillages are common and the floors are often slippery. Supermarket staff should place warning signs to alert people to spillages or wet floors and if there are no signs in place and you fall, you should be eligible for slip, trip or fall compensation.


    Trips on uneven surfaces and pot holes in public passageways and pavements are extremely common. Local councils have a responsibility to maintain public highways and walkways and if you can prove that the surface was uneven when you slipped or tripped, you could claim public liability compensation. Out of the five most hazardous public places for a slip or fall, this is probably the most common.

    Shopping centres

    Shopping centres are filled with hazards, from slippery floors to stairways and heights. Examples of incidents include falling from a height, slipping on a shop floor and falling down the stairs.


    Children are more prone to accidents than adults and schools are often the site of slips, trips and falls. It is very common for children to slip over and in the majority of cases, there is no reason to try and claim compensation; however, if a parent feels that the incident was due to negligence on the part of the school, they may have a case.

    Pedestrian walkways

    There are numerous hazards, which may be present on a pedestrian walkway, from missing manhole covers and pot holes to cables and construction work. The weather can also make pedestrianised areas very treacherous.

    It is good to be aware of the five most hazardous public places of danger, but to be cautious at all times, no matter where you are.

    Date Published: October 20, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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