Looking for winter slip accident advice? Then you’ve come to the right place. At Accident Advice Helpline, we provide a free service so that you can call and get assistance with working out your legal options. We’re ready to help at all hours, seven days a week, and getting our help doesn’t mean that you have to make a claim with us. We understand that a fall can leave you feeling vulnerable and we’ll never pressure you — we’ll just tell you what you need to know to get back in control of your situation.
Building a case
The first piece of winter slip accident advice we always have to give is that it is, unfortunately, only possible to claim if you do so within three years of your accident taking place. You will also need to have been treated for your injuries by a doctor or other qualified medical professional.
The sooner you claim, the easier it usually is to collect the evidence required to build a case. You can help to collect this by taking photos of your injuries and, if possible, getting pictures of the spot where you fell. If it’s not possible for you to get out and about after your accident (even if you just feel too shaken), a good solution is to direct a friend to the spot and have that person send you pictures from a phone until you’re confident that the pictures are showing the right thing.
If possible, it also helps to find witnesses to your accident. If you can do this, don’t try to take statements. This is something a solicitor will need to do, but you can help by passing on their names and contact details. If nobody saw you slip, it may still be useful for your solicitor to speak to people who can confirm that the area was dangerous.
Rights and responsibilities
In most built-up areas, local councils are responsible for keeping public roads and footpaths safe, whilst private landowners may be responsible for spaces like car parks and steps outside buildings. In winter, these people have a responsibility to make reasonable efforts to ensure that such places are still safe – for instance, by laying down grit or by putting up signs to warn people about black ice. If no such efforts have been made, and you have been injured as a result, you may have the right to claim compensation.
How it works
At Accident Advice Helpline, we specialise in matching up people like you with solicitors who can take compensation claims forward. We do this on a no win, no fee basis, which means that you won’t need to have lots of money to start a claim — our approach means that everyone can get access to justice.
Once your solicitor gets the case underway, you can relax. You’ll be consulted before any important decisions are made but you won’t have to follow the case day to day. We will do our utmost to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 12, 2013
Author: David Brown