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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

    Slips, trips and falls can happen anywhere


    Accidents will happen, and injuries by slips, trips and falls can happen anywhere. You may, for example, slip on a wet surface in your local shop, or you may trip over an unmarked step. Potholes in pavements are responsible for a high number of falls, and many falls at work involve ladders, working at height on construction sites, and so on. While many injuries are fortunately minor, some are critical or even fatal.

    According to the HSE (Health & Safety Executive) statistics for 2009/10, a total of 45,000 injuries resulting from trips, falls and slips were reported during said period, with many minor injuries not being reported. A total of 43 cases involved fatal injuries, 38 of which were due to falls. Of these 38 falls, 22 were from heights above two metres. Slips and trips were responsible for five of the fatalities. On average, injuries by slipping, falling or tripping cost Britain around £1 billion every year. Many of these accidents could have been prevented. An estimated 50 people die each year from injuries by slips, falls and trips. Many more receive critical injuries.

    Accidents at work:

    Injuries at work are also frequently the result of falls, slips or trips. In fact, around 37 per cent of work accidents reported involved falls, trips or slips. A massive 28 per cent of fatal workplace injuries were received in this fashion.

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    Depending on where accidents involving falls, trips or slips occurred, injured individuals may be able to claim personal injury compensation from shop-owners, public authorities or employers. In any case, it will be necessary to establish responsibility (who or what caused the accident) and liability (who is liable to pay compensation for injuries received).

    Claiming for compensation

    If you were injured by trips, slips or falls during the last three years and the accident was someone else’s fault, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim. Advisors at Accident Advice Helpline are available 24/7 to confidentially talk about your accident and determine whether you are eligible to claim, what your chances of success are and who to claim against.

    Calls are free and, if you decide to go ahead with a claim, you will be put in touch with a legal professional to assist you on a no win-no fee* basis. Your legal representative will be chosen carefully to ensure he/she has the necessary experience in the field to deal with and successfully complete your case as quickly as possible.

    Date Published: October 24, 2013

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

    Disclaimer: This website contains content contributed by third parties, therefore any opinions, comments or other information expressed on this site that do not relate to the business of AAHDL or its associated companies should be understood as neither being held or endorsed by this business.

    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.