Flooring may not seem like an obvious hazard when you’re at the office or shopping in the city centre, but damaged flooring is actually one of the leading causes of slip, trip and fall accidents. If you’ve tripped on torn lino, you’ll know that it is no laughing matter. Even minor injuries such as a sprained ankle or pulled muscle could lead to a few days off work, and there’s the possibility of sustaining more serious injuries such as a head or facial injury. Did you know that you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim, no matter how minor your injuries, if somebody else is to blame for your accident?
How did your accident happen?
Perhaps you tripped on torn lino at your office, or maybe you work in a school where torn lino in the staff room caused a trip and fall. You could even trip on damaged flooring in a public place, such as a shopping centre or leisure centre. Injuries sustained after a trip could be very serious indeed, and since we were established in 2000, Accident Advice Helpline has handled hundreds of claims for head and facial injuries sustained after a trip and fall. If you bang your head on the floor or another object (such as furniture) as you fall, you could suffer concussion, a brain injury or even a facial injury such as a fractured cheekbone or injury to your eye, resulting in temporary or permanent loss of vision.
The person responsible for maintaining flooring to a safe standard – usually your employer, if you were injured at work – could be held liable for your accident and ordered to pay you personal injury compensation, however you’ve been injured.
How to make a claim
There’s one important thing to remember if you’ve tripped on torn lino. There’s a three-year time limit to make a personal injury claim, so if you wait too long, you could miss out on your entitlement to be compensated for your pain, suffering and loss of earnings. Remember, you don’t need to have suffered severe injuries to be eligible for compensation, so if you’re unsure whether you qualify, get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline.
Call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our personal injury advisors for confidential, no-obligation advice on your claim, and find out how much compensation you could be entitled to.
Date Published: June 19, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton