Accidents can easily happen if the correct rules and procedures are not followed. These accidents can result in debilitating injuries which prevent the victim from enjoying the same quality of life as they previously enjoyed. Slips, trips and falls are some of the most common types of accident which occurs in the UK, and these accidents can cause physical and psychological damage to the victims.
Should you have experienced a slip, a trip or a fall which was not your fault, then you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Can you make a claim?
Anybody can try to make a claim for compensation if they believe that someone else was partially or fully responsible for the slip, trip or fall injury that they have suffered. However, in order to be successful in your claim, you will have to prove that certain standards were breached, and these breaches resulted in your injury.
Business owners, employers and local authorities in the United Kingdom all have a standard duty of care to their employees. All of the aforementioned groups should regularly carry out and document their risk assessment procedures to prevent (or minimise the risk of) accidents. If this duty of care to yourself is breached, it could put you and other employees at risk.
By showing that one of these parties has failed in their duty of care to you, you should be able to prove that they are partially responsible for your injury. Successful slip, trip and fall claims are usually based in this sort of proof. It is important that you keep detailed documentation of the accident and your medical care, so that you are able to provide any additional proof if necessary.
If you have suffered from a slip, trip or fall in which you have been injured, you will only have a limited amount of time to make a compensation claim, so it is important that you act quickly. Although there is a three year limit on the majority of claims, it is always better to act sooner.
Why you might consider making a claim
If you have slipped, tripped or fallen and been left in physical or mental pain since the accident, then your overall quality of life will have been reduced by the accident. The money which you receive as compensation is designed to help to relieve your suffering somewhat. It will also help to cover you for any out of pocket expenses which you may have been forced to pay for as a result of your injury, for example medical charges, prescription costs, or additional transport costs.
In many cases, compensation will also help to remunerate you for any loss of earnings which is connected to you injury. In addition to providing support for your needs, making a claim for compensation can also help to protect others. By bringing negligence or dangerous practice to the attention of those responsible, you can help to rectify the problem, which means that you could help to prevent someone else from being hurt in the same way as you were.