As a potential claimant in a slip or trip claim then you probably have plenty of questions about the personal injury claims process. You can get answers to these questions and much more advice at Accident Advice Helpline. In fact, they have teams of personal injury lawyers who can take over all of the legal aspects of your slip or trip claim for you.
If the person or organisation that were responsible for cleaning and maintaining the floor surface on which you fell had asked themselves some questions then you may not have had your accident in the first place and the slip or trip claim could have been avoided.
Floor surfaces have to be carefully cleaned, maintained and monitored and a simple check list that includes details of the remedies to any problems that are identified can greatly help in the prevention of slip or trip injury claims.
Preventing slip and trip claims
In external areas the most fundamental method of checking for slip and trip hazards on paths, steps and fire escapes is to look at them! Is there anything there that someone could slip or trip on and that could start a claim? This could be as simple as a build-up of leaves and moss or grass. The remedies are also obvious. A regular schedule of clearance will certainly help and this may have to be more frequent at certain times of the year such as autumn. If over-grown vegetation (plants and trees) are cut back then the contamination is less likely to occur and it will take less time to clear it.
The winter months bring with them additional slip hazards in the form of ice and snow. Whilst no-one can be expected to prevent it from snowing they should have procedures in place to deal with snowy and icy conditions under foot. There may be some routes that are put out of action all together when it is icy or it has snowed and safer routes could be used instead. Weather conditions should be carefully monitored and procedures to keep the pathways safe should be put in place. This may include physically removing snow and gritting.
Changes in levels (even small ones) on pathways are a classic location for injury claims to arise. They can be very difficult to see especially in dim lighting. The fact that they are too small to see does not seem to stop people falling over them! If they cannot be removed then their presence needs to be highlighted. Bright paint can be used to draw the eye to them and make them stand out. Improved lighting will also help people to see them and avoid falling over them.
Claiming with Accident Advice Helpline or an injury claims solicitor in Leamington Spa
Although we do not have a local injury claims solicitor in Leamington Spa we can still represent you and your claim. This is because we are a national firm that works across the whole of the UK. So if you need an injury claims solicitor in Leamington Spa look no further than our expert service.
For more information give a member of our team a call on 0800 689 0500 free from a landline or call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 10th December 2013
Author: David Brown