During the colder months of the year we often pick up the phone to find it’s somebody who wants to make a winter slips accident claim. The good news about claims of this type is that they’re fairly straightforward to bring. At Accident Advice Helpline, we’re always ready to talk you through your situation and help you work out whether or not your claim is likely to be successful. In many cases, we can also estimate how much compensation you could be eligible for, making it easier to decide if a claim is worthwhile.
Calling us for advice is completely free on 0800 689 0500 and does not mean that you need to make a claim with us.
Rules for claiming
Sadly, not every winter slips accident claim people call us about can be taken forward. This is because there are regulations that affect what counts as a legitimate claim. Understanding these can help you to avoid disappointment.
First and foremost, claims have to be made within three years of the accident happening. The only exception is for people who are children at the time. An appropriate adult can claim on a child’s behalf within the three-year period, or the child can claim within a three-year period that begins at the age of 18.
Alongside this, claims can only be processed if a doctor treated the injured person soon after the accident. Occasionally, a later visit can be adequate if an injury that didn’t become apparent until later can be clearly traced to the accident, but the bottom line is that there must be a medical record of the injuries that doesn’t allow for doubt over how they were caused.
Finally, the accident must not be your own fault. This can be trickier to work out than it sounds, so if you’re uncertain, give us a call. In some cases you may still be able to claim if we think you are partially liable (where the main fault lies with someone else), but you should never discuss this with anyone other than your solicitor.
Choosing a solicitor
Most general solicitors are able to take on claims for trips and slips, but winter is a busy period and you may have to wait in a long queue before they will even consider your case. At Accident Advice Helpline, however, our national reach means that we have access to a large number of suitably qualified people. We can find you a solicitor quickly, with no fuss. To make it even better, we can do this on a no win, no fee basis, so you won’t need to have money to start your claim.
Whilst we can’t guarantee finding a solicitor who lives in your local area, we can arrange for your communications to be handled by phone, meaning that you may not need to travel at all. This can make things much easier if you are suffering walking difficulties after a fall. Our whole process is streamlined to take the stress out of making a claim.
To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.