Tripping over wires or cables that are trailing on the floor can result in different injuries varying in severity from mild to serious. These tripping accidents can lead to fractures of the wrist if you throw out your arm to break the fall. You might also fracture your ankles if you twist them while falling or hurt your back or hips when landing on the floor.
Alternatively, you might be unfortunate enough to hit the corner of a desk or any other hard surface leading to a serious concussion. Other injuries that can result from tripping over wires include deep lacerations and brain or head injuries. Sometimes these accidents can be fatal.
The responsible party
If you have sustained an injury as a result of tripping over wires, then you might have grounds to file a compensation claim. This can only be done if you can prove that another person’s actions are responsible for the accident.
In order to find out who the guilty party is, you need to examine the location of the accident. For instance, if you tripped over wires in the workplace, your employer might be liable. On the other hand, tripping over wires in a shop, bank or hotel might mean that the owner of the premises bears responsibility for the incident.
All employers and business owners are legally obligated to make sure their premises are safe, both for their employees and for members of the public. They are supposed to carry out regular risk assessments of their premises to identify and eliminate any risks. Additionally, they are required to have public liability insurance. This insurance cover allows them to settle compensation claim cases brought against them for accidents and injuries on their premises.
Making a claim for compensation
We at Accident Advice Helpline welcome the opportunity to help you with your case. You will need ample evidence to support your tripping over wires accident claim. As the accident victim, the onus is on you to prove that the accused party was negligent in their actions.
The first thing to do immediately after the accident is to seek medical attention for your injuries. This will also ensure that your medical records are updated. These, combined with the prescription you are given and the receipts for your medication, can act as evidence.
You should take photos of the accident scene or request CCTV footage where possible. You can also take photos of the various injuries you sustained in the accident. Remember to get the contact details – names, emails, addresses or phone numbers – of any witnesses to your accident. The statements from the witnesses will strengthen your claim.
You should then contact a qualified personal injury solicitor to argue the compensation case on your behalf. This is why you need to contact a law firm such as Accident Advice Helpline. We have a team of dedicated solicitors throughout the UK and we can find one to assist you to get maximum compensation. Call our helpline on 0800 689 0500.