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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

    What to do if you have suffered a fall in a public place

    Have you suffered injuries as a result of a slip, trip or fall in a public place? If you have, you may be able to claim compensation. Find out what to do if you have suffered a fall in a public place.

    Accident Advice Helpline was established in 2000 to provide clients with a hassle-free means of getting the compensation they deserve. If you have experienced a slip, trip, or fall, and it wasn’t your fault, their expert legal team could help you submit a successful slip, trip or fall claim.

    Am I eligible for work accident compensation?

    Accidents happen, and not every slip, trip or fall is avoidable. However, if you’ve had accidents at work or in a public place, and they weren’t your fault, you may have a right to compensation. All claims are considered on a case to case basis, but generally speaking, the claim should satisfy the following criteria:

    • the accident occurred in the last 3 years
    • the accident was not your fault
    • you went to seek medical help at the time
    • the incident occurred in a public place

    In most cases, the claim will only be successful if you sought medical help at the time and you have the evidence to prove this. It must also be clear that the incident was not your fault.

    How do I make a claim?

    In response to the question of what to do if you have suffered a fall in a public place, you should contact Accident Advice Helpline, they will sort everything out for you. The legal team, which includes specialists in a number of different areas, from road traffic accident claims to repetitive strain injury claims, collects the relevant information and then processes the claim.

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    In most cases, you do not have to go to court and most of the leg work is done over the telephone. The duration of the process varies from case to case, as does the level of compensation.

    Before you submit a claim, it’s beneficial to collect as much information as possible to support your case. If there were any witnesses to the incident, this is advantageous and you should also provide evidence of your injuries and the medical treatment you required following the accident.

    Who is liable if I slip, trip, or fall in a public place?

    This depends entirely on the situation; if you fall because there is an uneven surface or somebody has failed to put out a warning sign on a recently mopped floor, the liability generally lies with the company operating or managing that space.

    If you slip and there is a warning sign already in place, or you fall over because you’re not looking where you are going, you are to blame for the accident and it is very unlikely that you would get compensation if you submitted a slip, trip, or fall claim.

    If you are unsure of what to do if you have suffered a fall in a public place, Accident Advice Helpline are there to help.

    Date Published: October 20, 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.

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