Slips, Trips and Falls in Public Places  

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During the Autumn and Winter months slips, trips and falls in public places increase for several reasons; there is less daylight, more rainfall and cold weather conditions cause snow and ice.  

The bleak weather conditions during Autumn and Winter increases the risk of having a slip, trip or fall in public places. In this article, our experienced Personal Injury Solicitors explain what to do if you have a slip, trip or fall in a public place.  

What to do if you have a Slip, Trip or Fall in a Public Place

Taking a slip, trip or fall in a public place can be shocking and can result in minor or serious injuries. If you have sustained injury because of a slip, trip or fall in a public place you could be entitled to make a public liability claim to compensate you for the pain and suffering you have endured as well as any financial losses.  

5 Steps for After a Slip, Trip or Fall in a Public Place

After you’ve suffered a slip, trip or fall in a public place you should carry out the following steps:  

  1. Report the accident – Whether your slip, trip or fall happened in a supermarket, at a public building or on a pavement/road, you should report the accident as soon as possible. Failure to report the accident as soon as possible could mean the hazard that caused your accident could be cleaned up, removed or repaired and the scene of the accident won’t be reported properly. The accident should be reported to the person with authority e.g., if you tripped on a public pavement, you must report it to the local authority/highway authority responsible for the area. When reporting the accident the person should take note of the date, time and location of the accident, the cause of the accident and the injuries you have sustained. You should also request a copy of the report for your own records.  
  2. Obtain Witness Contact Details – If there are any witnesses of your slip, trips or fall, you should get their names, addresses and phone numbers. 
  3. Take Photographs & Videos – Either you or someone with you should take photographs of the accident scene, including the hazard. Also, photographing your injuries immediately or soon after the accident can be used as evidence to support your claim. Obtaining video footage (if any) of the accident can also help to support your claim. If you tripped over a defect try to get some objective measure of size in the photo such as a coin or matchbox etc. 
  4. Seek medical advice – Make sure you promptly seek medical advice, even if you only sustained minor injuries. By doing so your medical records can support your personal injury claim and can prove that the injury was as a result of the accident. 
  5. Contact a Specialist Personal Injury Solicitor – If you’re considering making a public liability claim, you should contact a specialist solicitor. Our team of personal injury solicitors have a wide range of knowledge and expertise in pursuing claims arising from slips, trips and falls. Over the years, we have successfully dealt with many public liability claims and are renowned for our ability to secure maximum compensation on behalf of our clients. Contact us today on 033 3344 9600 or simply email [email protected] with the details of your accident.  

Make a Public Liability Claim

Morrish Solicitors is a well-established law firm based in West Yorkshire with a strong national presence. We offer a variety of legal services to private clients, trade unions, associations and their members. Our team of personal injury solicitors are experienced in public liability claims arising from slips, trips and falls.  

If you’ve been injured in a public place because safety standards haven’t been met, then you could be entitled to make a public liability claim. We offer No Win No Fee agreement on personal injury claims so, there is no financial risk to you if your claim is unsuccessful. If your claim is successful a small success fee will be deducted from the compensation awarded to pay for your legal fees.  

To discuss a potential claim with our personal injury team please call us on 033 3344 9600 or email [email protected] 

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