If you’ve tripped at home it might not be immediately apparent that you could have a case for compensation, but in fact there are several situations in which you could, including the following:-
- If you rent your home and tripped due to poor maintenance.
- If you tripped due to a problem with floor covering fitted by professionals.
- If somebody visiting your home (such as a workman) left the item that you tripped over.
- If your home has been damaged by neighbours (for instance by flooding from a flat upstairs).
If you’ve been injured in a different situation but you still think someone else was at fault, give us a call and our friendly team will help you work it out. We won’t charge you for this call from your landline and we may also be able to advise you on how much compensation you could be entitled to.
What to do if you tripped at home
If you are thinking of claiming compensation due to a trip at home, you will need to see a doctor as soon as possible. This will mean that there’s a medical report which can be used to prove your case, and it’s recommended anyway because you may need treatment for injuries that aren’t obvious to you straight away.
If anybody witnessed your accident, ask them to write down what they saw straight away so that it stays in their memory. You should also consider making a written account yourself. If you choose to claim, a solicitor can take formal statements from you and your witnesses later.
Taking photographs of the place where you fell and any object you tripped over can help your case. If the flooring was loose, try to take a picture that shows this. It can also be useful to take pictures of your injuries. If one leg is swollen, photograph both together so the difference can be seen.
Getting a lawyer
Traipsing around your local area trying to find a good lawyer can be difficult when you’re injured. At Accident Advice Helpline, we can make things much easier. If you’ve tripped at home we can provide you with a solicitor who has experience of similar cases and is well placed to help you. You’ll be able to communicate by phone or email and our no-win, no-fee* system means you won’t need to be rich to get the help you need.
Call us now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile phone if you’ve tripped at home and see if we can help you claim the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: 10th July 2014
Author: Jan Newell
Category: Slips, Trips and Falls Claims