Slips, Trips and Falls Claims

Slips, Trips & Falls

The first thing you need to do before considering making slip and trip claims is see a doctor to make sure your injuries are cared for. Following that, seek the advice of a qualified solicitor, because it is important to prove negligence when filing slip and trip claims, and that can be tricky. There are certain things to consider when making slip and trip claims, such as:

Did the property owner or business owner know about the problem and not do anything about it? If there was a wet area, broken walkway or hazardous conditions and they were not properly attended you have a valid reason for making slip and trip claims.

Did the property owner or business owner cause the conditions that resulted in your slip and trip claims? If they didn’t cause the circumstances that led to your fall, they may not be liable for damages in your slip and trip claims.

Did the property owner or business owner take reasonable care in preventing the fall that lead to your slip and trip claims? If the area was clearly marked, or signs posted to take greater care in passing, it may be your responsibility for falling, and it will be harder to make slip and trip claims.

Why Bother Making Slip and Trip Claims?

It may seem like that making slip and trip claims are worthless, but thousands of slip and trip claims are awarded each year. Speak to a qualified solicitor to determine your case and see if you have reason for filing slip and trip claims.

You should always report any accident to your employer or the property owner when they happen. That makes slip and trip claims easier, but it also helps the property or business owner see where there are problems if they were unaware of them.

Proof of Negligence in Slip and Trip Claims

The burden of proof can be on the business or property owner, not you in slip and trip claims. If you tripped over an uneven piece of carpet, broken tile or other hazard on the ground, the property owner or business owner needs to have accurate maintenance records to show that they have been caring for the grounds.

If your slip and trip claims are due to a hazard that is no longer useful, such as a drain pipe or other objects that once served a purpose and needed to be there, but aren’t in use, the property or business owner is responsible for not having them removed. You may also have a good case for slip and trip claims if there is a useful object in the path that could have been placed somewhere else out of the way. Just because something is necessary, doesn’t mean it should be in a walk area where others can trip over it.

Always take pictures of the area when you are filing slip and trip claims. Take atmosphere into consideration as well. Was there appropriate lighting to prevent your slip and trip claims? Broken lighting, or inappropriate lighting in the dark can be a good reason for slip and trip claims.

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