Trips and Slips Claims
Our team are expert in dealing with cases involving accidents in public places such as trips and slips claims caused by defective pavements, slips on spilt produce in public areas such as supermarkets, playground accidents aswell as injuries to cyclists and motorcyclists caused by potholes in defective roads.
Sometimes tripping accident claims are straightforward but claims against premises owners such as supermarket chains and land owners such as local authorities often involve proving a number of issues before a claim succeeds:
1. You must prove exactly what it was that actually caused you to trip or fall;
2. You may then have to prove that what caused you to fall was a hazard. (It does not automatically follow that because you tripped on a defective paving slab, it was a hazard);
If you are able to overcome these two hurdles, you may then need to overcome a further obstacle in proving that the body responsible for the area where you fell or slipped did not have a reasonable cleaning or inspection regime in place.
Proving all of the elements necessary for a claim to succeed requires help from experts.
Some of Our Successes in this area of personal injury
1. Slip on rainwater at ASDA
Our client was a customer at her local ASDA supermarket. It was a very wet day and rainwater had been walked into the front entrance of the store. This had been noted by staff there but they had not done anything to mop up the rainwater.
Our client slipped and suffered injury to her back and hip.
ASDA denied responsibility for the accident for over three years but we took them to court and eventually they caved in and admitted they were at fault for the accident.
2. Trip over defective pavement
Our client tripped and fell over a significant defect situated on Lever Street in the Northern Quarter of Manchester. We pursued a claim for our client’s injured shoulder but the council denied responsibility claiming the defective pavement had not been noticed three days before the accident when they had inspected the area and so they denied it had existed at the time of the inspection. It was obvious the defect could not have arisen in the space of three days and we took court action which resulted in a settlement being achieved.
Please note that the way personal injury claims are funded will change from 01/04/2013. From this date success fees and after the event insurance premiums are no longer recoverable from the Defendant if the claim is successful and are payable by the Claimant from their damages.If you have been injured in an accident and wish to make a claim and do not want to have to pay up to 25% of your damages in success fees please contact us immediately.
Please be aware because of the bank holiday we will not be able to obtain insurance or take claims under the old regime (i.e. where no deductions are made from your damages) after 12pm on 28/03/2013.
So, What’s Next?
We have a team of caring professional personal injury solicitors ready to speak to you.
Most cases can be conducted entirely online and over the phone. We can also arrange office, home or hospital visits for clients all over the UK. Subject to level of injury suffered.