A large proportion of UK claims for compensation are initiated by people who were injured by trips, falls and slips. Naturally, it is possible for anyone to fall over for some reason or another, but in many cases, such a fall is the direct result of another person’s negligence.
This may be a shop manager not ensuring that a spillage on the shop floor is adequately cleared and marked as wet, a local authority not maintaining roads/ pavements adequately or an employer not providing safe ladders, for instance. In any case, if injuries or perhaps even death occurred as the result of an accident caused by another person’s negligence, the injured individual or their family has the right to claim personal injury compensation.
Common injuries by trips, falls and slips
The most commonly experienced injuries by falling, slipping or tripping include:
- Cuts and bruises
- Sprained/ twisted ankles or wrists
- Broken legs or arms
- Fractured fingers
- Damaged shoulders
- Injured backs
While the extent of these injuries may vary from one case to the next, they are invariably considered to be serious. Tragically, some trip, slip or fall injuries are even more serious and may result in brain damage and/ or permanent loss of mobility. Some injuries can, as a matter of fact, be so severe that they ultimately result in death.
Why claim for injury by slips, falls or trips?
Claiming for injury compensation is not just about getting money. It is also about ensuring the liable party learns the lesson that they are indeed responsible for their actions, or lack thereof. Ultimately, this may help to prevent similar accidents occurring in the future.
When to claim for personal injury compensation
According to the 1980 Limitation Act, individuals receiving an injury through falls, slips or trips have a maximum of three years from the date of first becoming aware of the injury. This limit may be extended if:
- The injured person is under the age of 18
- The injured person is somehow mentally impaired
In the latter case, the time limit starts from the time the impairment is believed to have been cured or treated sufficiently. Courts also have the power to allow cases to proceed after the time limit at their discretion. As it is, it is always best to pursue personal injury claims as soon as possible.
Where to get help
Accident Advice Helpline advisers are available to take your call and offer helpful, confidential advice concerning your claim for injury compensation every day of the week, any time of day or night. Initial telephone advice is free and legal fees will not be charged until claims are successfully completed.
Date Published: October 25, 2013
Author: David Brown