More accidents happen at home than anywhere else. While many of these are related to burns and scalds, or the accidental ingestion of toxic liquids such as cleaning fluids, by far the most common are a fall or trip at home. These can cause significant injury – often a bone break or fracture. Statistically younger children and older people are more likely to injure themselves in this way, but a trip at home can cause serious problems for individuals of any age.
Hazards that may cause a trip at home
- Trailing wires or cables across common walkways
- Obstacles preventing easy, natural moving around the home
- Toys or other objects on stairs or walkways
- Dimly lit corridors and stairs
- Uneven stairs
- Curling carpets, mats and rugs
- Dislodged or uneven floorboards
- Surfaces that are wet or slippy
Is a trip at home eligible for compensation?
Generally speaking it’s unlikely that a trip at home would be eligible for compensation. Injuries must have been caused by the negligence of someone else and it’s your responsibility to keep your home safe for yourself and others.
Trips, slips and falls that take place in other locations might be different and if you have been affected by such an incident, you may have ended up severely injured. Often in these cases the accident is someone else’s fault – down to their negligence, carelessness or failure to maintain. If this has happened to you, and it was within the last three years, you may be eligible for compensation for your personal injury.
Get some legal advice
As well as handling cases related to medical negligence, road traffic accidents and work related accidents, Accident Advice Helpline are a law firm perfectly placed to assist you with your slip, trip or fall claim. Their nationwide team of specialist lawyers are experts in this area of personal injury law and their helpline staff are specially trained to discuss your case with you in a sensitive and compassionate manner. They understand what it is like to cope with the aftermath of an accident and an injury.
Most claims can be handled entirely over the phone but a very useful tool on Accident Advice Helpline’s website is our 30-second test. Just answer a few simple questions, input your details and you will get an indication of how much compensation could be yours.
When phoning, it should take no more than a few minutes to establish whether you have a claim or not, so don’t hesitate – call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for some free, no-obligation advice about making a claim for compensation.
Date Published: 10th July 2014
Author: Jan Newell