Slips, trips, and falls can happen anywhere and may occasionally result in a personal injury. If you have suffered a slip, trip and fall, you will need to take the time to consider whether you were to blame for your accident. If you have tripped over a loose cobblestone or uneven pavement, your local authority may have neglected their responsibility to carry out repairs and as a result of their negligence, you may be eligible to make a compensation claim with a lawyer in Peterborough.
Similarly, if you have slipped on a wet floor in your local shop and there were no warning signs in the vicinity of the slippery surface, you will be able to claim against the shop’s owner for their failure to follow health and safety regulations.
How much compensation will I receive?
When you make a slip, trip and fall claim in Peterborough, you will be able to receive compensation for both the physical and psychological injuries you have sustained and the financial losses and expenses you have incurred.
The value of your compensation settlement will be based on your individual circumstances. However, when valuing your claim, your accident lawyer in Peterborough will take into account a range of factors, including the nature and severity of your injuries. Your final settlement will comprise two main types of compensation:
- General damages – This part of your settlement will take into account your pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
- Special damages – This part of your settlement will take into account your financial losses and expenses. Some of the many losses and expenses you can claim for under this category include your medical treatment charges, lost earnings and nursing care costs.
When do I need to make a claim?
Slip, trip and fall claims are subject to the same time constraints as all other personal injury claims, so if you wish to claim compensation, you must do so within three years of the date on which your accident occurred.
If you were under the age of 18 at the time of your accident, the three-year limitation period will not begin to run until you reach your 18th birthday. You will therefore need to make your claim before you celebrate your 21st birthday.
Due to the aforementioned time limits, we recommend that you seek legal advice as soon as possible after you have been involved in an accident. If you fail to do so, you may lose your right to compensation.
How do I get in contact with an accident lawyer in Peterborough?
To get in touch with an accident lawyer in Peterborough, please call our freephone helpline today.
For expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 8th February 2014
Author: Jan Newell