Slips, trips and falls are the most common type of accident, and they injure thousands of people every day. If you have been hurt in this way, and the accident was the fault of someone else, you could be entitled to compensation. You may be asking yourself what are slips, trips and falls and could they be bad enough to cause an injury that warrants a claim for compensation? You could be injured after a slip, trip or fall at work or in a public place, and if you have sustained injuries that required medical attention, you could be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation within three years of your accident with Accident Advice Helpline.
The consequences of slips, trips and falls
How can slips, trips and falls occur? Very easily, in hundreds of different ways. Falling from height, slipping on a spillage, tripping over trailing wires – and so the list goes on. Some of these accidents will result in the victim being able to just get up and walk away without a problem. But some types of injuries sustained from slips, trips and falls can be very serious, and have life-changing effects for the innocent victim. Since 2000, Accident Advice Helpline has helped hundreds of people to make claims for slips, trips and falls, and here are some of the most common injuries we have handled claims for:
- Broken bones, for example a broken ankle or wrist, common when you put out your hands to brace yourself against a fall
- Strains and sprains
- Cuts and bruises
- Facial or eye injuries
- Head injuries (for example, if you bang your head on something as you fall)
- Loss of teeth
- Crush injuries, if something falls on you
- Spinal and back injuries
These are just a few of the most common types of injuries, but you could make a personal injury claim for almost any kind of injury sustained after a slip, trip or fall, provided somebody else was liable for your accident.
Who is liable for your accident?
Assigning blame after an accident can be a challenge, and you may be unsure whether your accident was actually somebody else’s fault. The good news is that Accident Advice Helpline’s experienced team can help you to figure out who is to blame for your accident. If you were injured in an accident on scaffolding that wasn’t properly erected for example, and suffered injuries after it collapsed, your employer could be held liable. What about if you trip over damaged flooring whilst working in a warehouse? Again, your employer could be responsible for your accident as it’s their responsibility to ensure that your working environment is a safe one. Slips, trips and falls in a public place can be harder to assign blame for.
What if you trip on damaged pavement in the town centre and fall, breaking your wrist? The local council is responsible for ensuring that pavements in your area are maintained to a safe standard, so they could be ordered to pay you personal injury compensation for your pain, suffering and any financial losses you have experienced after your accident.
What treatment did you need?
It’s important to ensure that you seek medical advice and get the treatment you need, as slips, trips and falls can result in serious injuries. The other reason it’s vital to seek medical advice is that we will need to see evidence of this in order to process your claim after your accident. You may need treatment in hospital, medical treatment at your doctor’s surgery or just some time off work to rest and recover at home, depending on the severity of your injuries. Treating injuries caused by slips, trips and falls can take months of hospital visits, perhaps therapy, and can mean that you are unable to go to work, and so suffer a loss of income. This is on top of the fact that most accidents cause extra expenses as well. So you not only have the pain and discomfort of you injury to deal with, but financial hardship too.
When someone else has put you in this situation, it is unfair that you should have to suffer so much. The law recognises this, and says that you can claim compensation from the guilty party if:
- You have been in an accident that was not your own fault
- You were injured in the accident
- Your injuries needed medical attention
- The accident happened within the last three years
Even if you are unsure who’s to blame or whether or not you are eligible to make a claim, it’s worth getting in touch with Accident Advice Helpline to find out if you could claim compensation for your injuries.
If you would like to know how to claim for slips, trips and falls, just get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline. We have over 16 years’ experience in handling successful claims for all sorts of injuries, from all types of accidents. We would like to help you with your compensation claim and we believe that anybody should be able to afford to make a claim, regardless of their financial circumstances. That’s why you should not let the cost of claiming for slips, trips and falls put you off pursuing compensation.
Our professional personal injury lawyers work on 100% no-win, no-fee basis. This means we will not ask you for any money to start your claim, and should it prove unsuccessful, we will not ask you to pay our legal fees. You could even find out right now how much compensation you could be entitled to claim by taking the 30-second test on our website. This will give you an idea of what you may be able to receive if your claim is successful, but the figure is not set in stone – we take into account a wide variety of different factors to calculate your personal injury settlement. To find out all you need to know about personal injury claims, call our helpline today on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.