The most common injuries that we see as personal injury lawyers are from slips, trips and falls. These can happen anywhere and at any time. Someone might be walking down a street and trip over a loose paving stone. They may slip in a supermarket because the floor is wet or fall from a height because there is no railing protecting them.
Compared to a traffic accident, where a lot of evidence is usually collected at the scene, injuries from slips and trips can be difficult to prove. While it can be challenging, especially if you are in pain, it’s important to collect as much evidence as you can at the time.
The good news is that this is a lot easier that it used to be because we have smartphones – an image of the accident area and your injuries can tell us a lot.
Types of Injuries from Slips, Trips and Falls
While most people recover quickly from a slip and may just have a bit of bruising, more serious injuries can be caused. These include fractures and, in some circumstances, life-changing injuries and disability, this is where a personal injury solicitor like the experienced team at Accinet can help.
If the accident was not your fault and someone else was negligent, then you may be able to claim compensation. Examples of negligence could include:
- Roads that weren’t repaired properly and which caused your accident.
- Negligent practice at work, such as not being given the right safety equipment by your employer.
- Slippery areas which weren’t cleared up or sign-posted to help avoid accidents.
How Much Compensation Can I Claim?
A lot will depend on the type of injury and how it has affected your life. Personal injury claims can be used to help, for example, replace lost earnings because you were unable to work for a while or provide support in your recovery process or for making changes to your everyday living if you have been left with a disability.
Each case is different, and several different things will need to be factored in to reach a compensation amount.
How Do I Make a Claim?
If you have suffered an injury because of a slip, fall or trip that wasn’t your fault, it’s important to collect as much evidence at the time as you can. It’s also critical to see a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible, while things are fresh in your mind.
The good news is that solicitors generally offer a free initial consultation. That means you can talk to a qualified personal injury lawyer and get a considered assessment of whether you have a case to make a claim.
If you do have a case, legal teams also offer what is called a no win no fee service. This means that you don’t have to find the upfront fees to take the claim to court.
You only pay solicitor fees once the case has been settled successfully and compensation has been awarded. If the case fails, then you don’t have to pay anything. This means that your solicitor is only likely to take on the claim if they feel you have a reasonable chance of success.
If you have suffered a fall, trip or slip and it has caused an injury, contact our team of expert solicitors today to see how we can help.