Trips & Slips

It is possible for an individual to become injured on somebody else's property / land. Those people liable for any areas to which the public have access are also responsible for the health and safety of those visiting members of public and should take steps to identify any possible hazards and safeguard against these as much as possible.

For example, a trip on a raised paving slab, a slip on a shop floor, an accident in a restaurant / hotel, etc. In this instance there may be a claim against the owner of the premises and / or the body / person in control of the premises. All places to which the public have access should carry relevant Public Liability insurance to cover this risk.

On occasions it will be difficult at the outset to know who owns the land / premises where the accident occurred. This does not mean that you will not be able to make a claim for compensation. Through various means of enquiry, we can often trace the relevant Defendant to be able to claim from.

Please contact me should you need to discuss this further.

Case Study

The Claimant (C) started a claim for compensation after falling into a sunken manhole outside a business premises. The Local Authority denied ownership of this stretch of pavement instead stating that it belonged to the business itself. The Business premises owners also denied liability for the accident, instead blaming the owner of the manhole (a telecoms company) for lack of maintenance.

Court proceedings were issued against the telecoms company and both registered owners of the business property. All 3 defendants had denied blame throughout the claim.

After a lengthy battle, Karen Pointon was able to settle the claim in full shortly before trial. C was then able to use his compensation to take his whole family on a well deserved holiday abroad.

Important Points To Note

  • Report your accident immediately to management / those in charge
  • Note the accident in an accident book if possible and ask for a copy
  • Take photographs of the accident scene and be sure to make a note on the back of the date taken and who took them – if not printed off, keep a note as to when these were taken
  • Make a note of the date, time and location of the accident
  • Obtain details of any witnesses to the accident
  • After the accident, keep a diary of any symptoms and when they started, any GP / Hospital visits, along with details of any expenses / financial losses. Keep receipts where possible.
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