Our team has been representing clients in slip, trip and fall claims for decades. Below, we explain more about these cases and our expertise.
Falling in public or at work can be painful and humiliating. When someone else caused it, it can also be very angering. A slip, trip and fall claim for compensation can be made against your employer or a private operator if they failed in their duty of care to safeguard against an avoidable hazard that injured you. This guide briefly explains how.
Firstly, there are limits to what you can reasonably hold others responsible for. We have a duty to take personal care of our safety as much as we can. But if you were directly harmed because of something that your workplace failed to do, or because of something that wasn’t your fault in public, at Bonus Lawyers we can help.
As an employee or member of the public, two pieces of legislation called the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 protect your right to be as safe as reasonably possible. These laws place a specific duty of care on employers and those in control of places accessible to the public.
Basic safeguards and risk assessments are all expected to be in place for day to day operations. In a whole array of areas, this legislation seeks to ensure that avoidable risks are prevented as much as is reasonably possible.
If there are risks that are unavoidable, appropriate warnings such as signs or staff presence should be provided so that you can make the best choices about your personal safety yourself. If your employer or controller of a public area fails in this legal duty and you slip or fall over injuring yourself through no fault of your own, you could claim.
Why Make Slip, Trip and Fall Claims?
It can be common for people to miss work or need domestic help after an accident. As you recover, you may need extra child care support, or have to pay for expensive medical treatments. A slip, trip and fall claim could help you get all this lost money back as well as compensation for your pain and suffering.
What Can Lead To Slip, Trip and Fall Claims?
Workplace practices differ greatly and every company will have their own particular risks or hazards. But there are general safeguards such as not leaving wet floors unattended, storing materials properly and providing proper training.
Also, those in control of a publicly accessible area should ensure that areas are clean and reasonably free from danger. Perhaps your accident only happened because they were not? Were the premises safe to use? These questions could form the foundation of your claim.
Slip, trip and fall claims can be the result of poor information provided by employers or controllers of public areas. Under the laws mentioned above, there is an expectation to provide people with clear warning, advice or training.
For example, if staff or members of the public are unsure what to do in emergency procedures, they could be at higher risk of personal injury in the event of one.
Unnecessary accidents can create claims and damage company reputations. It’s in everyone’s interest to comply with these laws.
Therefore, it’s important that premises are regularly checked. Routine risk assessments should identify potential problems before someone gets harmed, rather than after.
No Win No Fee Agreements And Slip, Trip and Fall Claims
What options are there for an injured employee or member of the public? There is legal help if your employer or a private operator breached their duty of care and you were injured.
A No Win No Fee lawyer can look at the facts and calculate the highest appropriate request for damages in your slip, trip or fall claim. They would approach the personal injury claims process in the following way:
- Arrange for an independent medical assessment to prove the extent of your injury and that it was caused or worsened by the accident.
- Clarify who was legally responsible for the duty of care in that particular instance.
- Help you collect proof (witness statements, CCTV footage, accident reports, for example) of how failure to ensure your safety led up to your injury.
- Calculate the possible damages owed to you. This is for both financial loss caused by the injuries and physical harm caused by the accident.
- Guide your slip, trip and fall claim to a swift and realistic conclusion.
- Support you at every step of the way.
There is no cost to start a claim under a No Win No Fee agreement or any costs as the case develops. If your case fails, there are no legal fees to be paid to your lawyers at all.
No Win No Fee lawyers do request a small percentage of the compensation as their fee if the case wins. However, this fee is capped by law and is only taken after the compensation has come through.
With this in mind, No Win No Fee agreements could offer immediate help to claimants who are worried about the expense of a lawyer’s services for slip, trip and fall claims.
How Can Bonus Lawyers Help Me?
Finding the right personal injury solicitors doesn’t have to be difficult. At Bonus Lawyers, we can provide instant help to our clients and calculate the proper amount you may be owed.
Slip, trip and fall claims can involve serious injury and disastrous impact on the lives of those they affect. Bonus Lawyers could help you right now if you contact our advisors.
After a brief assessment of your situation, our solicitors could take up your case. With years of expertise and success in this area of law, Bonus Lawyers provide clear, jargon-free communication to our clients about slip, trip and fall claims. So why not reach out today?
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