Slips, Trips, and Falls in Public Places

Posted by admin on February 8, 2012 at 11:00 am. Filed under: Compensation Claims

Slips, trips, and falls account for a huge fraction of overall accidents in the home, in the workplace, at school, and elsewhere. They are amongst the most popular type of accident at work  claim and unfortunately, will probably remain that way for the foreseeable future. Although most falls and trips are preventable – sometimes very easily – those who hold the reins don’t always take the risks seriously.

It’s true that most slips and trips result in nothing more than a bruise or a skinned knee but they can also be far more severe. The elderly are particularly at risk, and any safety factor that could result in a broken hip or a nasty head injury should be taken very seriously indeed. At Fosters Solicitors we deal with all kinds of accidents from complex car crashes to simple trips.

Employers have a responsibility make sure that their workforce is protected from trip hazards. Clear walkways must be provided, especially where heavy loads are being carried or the possibility of a serious fall exists on a stairway or a rooftop, for instance. That possibility is well understood. What many people don’t know is that those who suffer slips, trips, and falls outside the workplace may also be eligible for injury compensation.

Naturally we all have a responsibility to keep our own house in order and make it a safe place to live, but there are many other places where we spend our time, and these may not be under our control. Supermarket forecourts are one example. Train platforms are another. If members of the public are invited into a particular space, the operator has an obligation to make it safe. If you’ve slipped or fallen in a public place, don’t hesitate to get in touch.


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