Slip Trip Or Fall Solicitors – Find out if you can start a No Win No Fee claim
Slips, trips and falls can happen anywhere in the UK. From the workplace and public places to car parks and supermarkets, such accidents occur in many different environments. They can also range in severity. While some people get away with minor injuries, there are others who aren’t so lucky.
No matter what type of slip ar trip or fall you have been involved in, you will be able to make a claim so long as someone else caused the incident. This is because all business owners in the UK have a legal responsibility to ensure the workplace they provide is a safe and healthy one. The same applies to public places that are managed by the council. If the council fails to maintain a public area properly, and you are injured as a result, you deserve to be compensated.
From broken pavements that have caused people to fall over to unmarked wet supermarket floors that have resulted in nasty slips, we have seen them all. This is why we have put together this specialist guide on working with slip trip or fall solicitors to secure compensation. Read on to find out more.
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- A guide to using a slip trip or fall solicitor
- What is a slip trip or fall solicitor?
- The law regarding slips trips and falls
- Slip trip and fall statistics
- Can my slip trip or fall solicitor file my compensation claim for me?
- After I start my claim with my slip trip or fall solicitor what would I then need to do?
- I slipped on a wet floor at work can I claim against my employer?
- How long do you have to claim for a slip trip or fall?
- Can I get free advice from a slip trip or fall solicitor?
- What are the benefits of using a specialist slip trip or fall solicitor compared to a non specialist solicitor?
- The most common types of claims that our slip trip or fall solicitors regularly work on
- No Win No Fee slip trip or fall solicitors
- Why choose us as your claims service for a slip trip or fall claim?
- Call for free advice from our slip trip or fall experts and to start a claim
Being involved in a slip a trip or even a fall can be incredibly frustrating. One minute you are going about your life as normal, the next minute you are on the floor and in pain. For some people, they are lucky enough to get away with minor bruising and a quick recovery will follow. For others, they suffer major injuries, which can cause them to miss out on work and suffer lasting injuries.
Irrespective of how serious your injuries are, if you have been involved in an accident caused by a fall, slipping or tripping that was not your fault, you may be wondering whether you are able to make a claim. This guide explains everything you may be wondering about such cases. Below, you will find information on everything on making a claim for slipping on wet floor to falling in the workplace. You will also find plenty of information on time limits, the No Win No Fee payment structure, the law regarding these claims, and a lot more.
A slip trip or fall solicitor is a legal expert that specialises in securing compensation for the victims of slip trip or fall accidents. You can make such a claim if you have been injured in a slipping, tripping or falling incident that was not your fault. The accident must have occurred within the last three years, and you must have seen a medical professional for your injuries.
In the UK, there are a number of pieces of legislation that cover slips, trips and falls. All business owners in the UK have a duty to protect their employees and the general public from such accidents. The same applies to councils that are responsible for public places.
So, what does the law say?
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 – This requires floors to be free from obstructions, in good condition, and suitable. It states that people should be able to safely move around.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 – This piece of legislation states that employers need to assess risks and take the required action to address them.
The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 – This requires employees to ensure that all employees and annoying else that may be impacted by their work have a health and safety environment. This includes taking the necessary steps to control risks associated with trips and slips.
In order to prevent such accidents, employers need to take the necessary steps to ensure all floors are safe. This includes:
- Conducting risk assessments
- Addressing the risks found
- Thinking about people and organisational factors
- Get the right footwear for employees
- Consider the work environment and the flooring
- Use the right cleaning methods
- Stop floors from becoming contaminated
When it comes to accidents, slips, trips and falls are fairly common. In fact, these claims make up a large bulk of the cases we work on. Not only are slips, trips and falls common in public places and supermarkets, but they often happen in the workplace too. A government report for non-fatal injuries from 2014/15 – 20167/16 revealed that 18 per cent of these accidents occurred due to a fall, trip or slip on the same level.
If you have a valid claim, then usually solicitors for slip trip claims will file your compensation claim for you. You don’t need to concern yourself with all of the legalities, as we will take care of it all for you.
Every case is different. However, you don’t need to fret, as experienced slip trip or fall accident solicitors will talk you through the entire process so you know exactly what to expect. In most cases, the process will start with signing the No Win No Fee agreement. This is beneficial to you, as it means you are only going to need to pay legal fees if we manage to secure compensation for you, therefore, offering you a degree of financial protection. You can out more about the No Win No Fee approach later in the article. You may also need to have a medical. This is something we can arrange locally for you free of charge. Again, this is nothing to worry about. It is simply so that you have a medical report, which details your injuries and treatment. This will be used to determine how much of an award for compensation you will receive.
If you have slipped on a wet floor at work, you will be able to make a claim against your employer, so long as they were to blame. Your employer would be to blame if they did not take adequate steps to prevent the accident. For example, they may not have marked the wet floor so that you were aware of it. Alternatively, they may have knowingly left a spillage, which could have caused you to slip. Such incidents would make it possible for you to claim against your employer.
A lot of people worry about making a claim against their employer, as they fear that they will lose their job as a consequence. This is something you do not need to worry about. All employers are required to have insurance in place to cover such incidents in the UK. They will recognise that you need to be compensated for the hardship that has happened to you. Not only this, but if you were to lose your job, your employer would only land themselves in even more trouble because you would then be able to claim unfair dismissal. The key is to work with experienced slip trip or fall at work solicitors, as they will know exactly how to handle the process, ensuring your relationship with your employer is not strained. All you need to do is ring our helpline for more information.
If you want to launch a claim for trip or fall compensation, you will have three years from the date of the accident to make a claim. Please note that court proceedings do have to be issued within this time frame, so don’t wait until the very last minute to get in touch with a slip trip or fall injury solicitor.
Also, the sooner you make a claim, the easier it will be. This is not only because the details will be fresh in your mind, but also because it will be easier to gather evidence, as you may have trouble securing witness statements several years down the line.
In regards to claims for children under the age of 18, parents or guardians can claim on the child’s behalf. If this does not happen, the child will have the option of claiming once they have turned 18. They will have three years from the date of their 18th birthday.
You most certainly can! All you need to do is give us a call and you will be connected to a specialist slip trip or fall injury solicitor who will happily answer any queries you have and provide you with expert advice regarding the claims process. It is worth noting that our advice is completely free and does not come with any obligation to use our service.
A lot of people call us to find out more about slip and fall compensation amounts and how much money they will be entitled to. We will always do our best to give you a good indication of how much of an award you will receive. Nevertheless, please note that this will only ever be an estimate. It is simply impossible to provide an accurate figure, as every case is different and there are so many variables. You may have even come across slip and fall compensation calculator pages on the web. Such tools only ever provide a rough estimate. Don’t pin your hopes on the quote provided by such a tool.
What are the benefits of using a specialist slip trip or fall solicitor compared to a non-specialist solicitor?
When it comes to launching this type of personal injury claim, it is important to work with a specialist slip or trip or fall lawyer, rather than a general solicitor. This will give you the best chance of securing the maximum level of compensation that is available. This is because specialist slip trip and fall solicitors have a good amount of experience in the industry and they will have handled many cases like yours before. Without this knowledge and expertise, a general lawyer could make a mistake, which could cause you to miss out on compensation altogether.
There are many different types of slip trip or fall claims that we have worked on, including:
- Public place claims – Most public place incidents result in council compensation claims. This includes pavement trip compensation, as well as incidents whereby wires or other items have obstructed the pavement, dips and potholes in the pavement, defecting pavements that cause an obstruction to stick up from the footpath, loos curb stones, as well as badly set paving stones.
- Supermarket or retail store claims – Common claims involving retail stores and supermarkets include incidents involving uneven surfaces, defects in floor tiles, floor coverings, and pavements, wet floors that have not been marked correctly, liquid that has been spilled on the floor, food that has been dropped on the floor, and obstructions to the thoroughfare due to spillages.
- Workplace accident claims – Common incidents that slip trip or fall at work claim solicitors work on include accidents caused by badly or loose fitting tiles or slabs, uneven surfaces or other floor surface defect, ice floors that have not been marked correctly as a hazard, oils spilled on the floor, wet floors, materials or other work pieces that have caused obstruction, as well as equipment or tools left on the floor that caused an obstruction.
It is worth noting, though, that how the accident happened will not determine whether or not compensation is awarded. Therefore, if you cannot find your incident mentioned in the list above, don’t worry. All you need to show is that someone else was at fault for the accident you were involved in.
When you choose us as your claims service, you can be sure that slip trip or fall personal injury solicitors handling your case will work for No Win No Fee payment structures. This ensures you are only ever going to need to pay legal fees if we successfully secure a compensation award for you. This eliminates the risk that is typically associated with launching injury claims because you won’t need to pay anything at all if we don’t win your case. It also means that anyone is able to make a claim for compensation, irrespective of his or her current monetary situation.
There are a number of additional advantages associated with our No Win No Fee approach. This includes the fact that you can be certain we are always going to be working hard to secure above the average compensation for slip and fall claims. However, if you used the service of a solicitor that billed on an hourly basis they would have little incentive to work hard for you, as they will earn the same amount irrespective of the outcome of the case. Also, there is always the worry the solicitor in question will only take your claim on in order to get paid, even if they know there is little chance of it being successful. We will not waste your time like this. If we do not believe your case is strong enough, we will tell you.
Although you may have numerous personal injury claim firms to choose from, you will find it difficult to find another business that provides the level of service we do. We have a good number of years of experience working on personal injury claims, and the specialist solicitors we work with have worked on many slip trip and fall claims over the years. You can rest assured that we will have worked on many cases similar to yours time and time before.
We like to think that it is not only our experience that sets us apart, but also our customer-centric approach. Our clients are always at the heart of everything we do. We are aware you are experiencing a trying and difficult time at the moment, and the last thing we want to do is add to the pain and stress you are experiencing. This is why it is always our aim to secure above the average payout for slip and fall UK claims in the most efficient and effective manner. We want the claims process to be as free of stress as possible. However, if you ever need us, we are only ever a phone call away.
If you have any further questions, or you would like to get started with your slip, trip or fall claim, simply ring our team on 0800 073 8804. You will speak with one of our team members, who will be more than happy to answer any queries, no matter how big or small. You can be sure that that we will handle all claims with the utmost confidentiality, and our advisors will do all in their power to make certain you feel comfortable throughout. If you are happy to go forward with your claim, we will match you to specialist slip trip or fall accident solicitors based on the ins and outs of your case. This ensures that you have the best person working on your case.
This link directs you to a guide that has been provided by the UK Government’s Health and Safety Executive on avoiding trips and slips at work. You will find information on the law, as well as tips regarding what businesses can do in order to avoid trips and slips from occuring.
This link directs you to a booklet about major road fall, slip and trip health and safety information. The booklet has been provided by the government in the UK as part of their ‘Raising the bar’ health and safety initiative, which is designed to improve supply chain management, raise standards, and identify the best working practices.
For more information on how much money you could receive for your slip, fall or trip claim, check out our guide. This also provides information on how much you may receive for different types of trips, slips and falls, including those in retail stores, workplaces, and public places managed by the council.
Check out our guide to slip, fall and tripping claims. We reveal everything you need to know, including what you can claim for, what to do if you have been involved in such an incident, and personal injury claim amounts for such accidents.