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tripping & slipping accident claims
Local councils and businesses have a legal duty to follow health and safety laws designed to keep you safe, this means they have a duty to carry out risk assessments making sure wet floors are clearly marked, fixing faulty paving slabs and pavements within a reasonable timeframe. So, if you are a visitor or customer on someone else’s premises and suffer an injury after a slipping accident which you do not believe was your own fault then you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim against the owner or occupier.
For example, supermarkets can be hazardous, as drinks or other products can be easily spilt – it is therefore important for these premises to have regular shop floor inspections, to prevent the risk of injury. You may be able to make a claim for compensation against them if the owner or occupier did not:
- Have an appropriate system for checking floor spillages.
- Clean up the spillage effectively when discovered.
- Have any warnings about a slippery floor.
You should also be provided with a safe place of work by your employers, so if you suffer a slipping injury because this responsibility is not met, then you may also have a claim against your employer. See also our section on accidents at work.
If you have been injured through a trip or fall, we can help you to find out if you are able to make a claim for compensation.
What should I do?
Like many accidents we recommend you contact us right away, but it is also important that you gather as much evidence as possible. It is important to take accurate measurements of the defects as soon as possible, as repairs are often carried out very quickly afterwards. Photographs of the wider area are also essential, as the courts have been known to consider the general condition of the surrounding area.
At Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors our experienced Personal Injury team has a wide range of experience with slipping and tripping accident claims, which has resulted in winning thousands of pounds in compensation for clients.
In this recent case our team was able to achieve £17,000 in compensation after the client tripped over a broken paving slab, to learn more about this case: Client wins over £17,000 in compensation after tripping over a broken paving slab
Local councils have responsibilities to ensure any pavements and pathways are well maintained and safe for use by the public and are responsible for:
- Gritting roads and pavements in snowy or icy conditions.
- Fixing potholes or cracks in the road, especially if they have the potential to cause a serious accident.
- Maintain public playgrounds.
- Ensuring there is sufficient lighting on walkways.
- Ensuring there is adequate signage near roadworks.
How much are slipping & tripping accident claims worth?
Every claim is different, but there are guidelines which the courts use as a starting point. Our team will ensure that your claim considers lost earnings, care, private medical treatment, out of pocket expenses and any other justifiable expenses as a result of the injury.
Is there a time limit for a Personal Injury claim?
All personal injury claims need to be filed within 3 years from the date of the accident, very often we have clients who contact us past the deadline of 3 years and we are unable to help, so do not delay in making your claim.
Can I make a No Win No Fee claim for compensation?
The majority of claims we handle are arranged on a No Win No Fee basis, which means that you do not need to worry about expensive legal costs or pay anything upfront.
No win, no fee is where we take out an insurance policy on your behalf, meaning if your claim is unsuccessful you will not have to pay a penny. To learn more about how this works view No Win No fee.
Support & Rehabilitation
We know that if you have suffered a life-changing injury sometimes rehabilitation can take months or even years, which is why our focus doesn’t just end at delivering the compensation you deserve but continues to help secure the finances you need to pay for equipment and support with other care such as therapies/physiotherapy that are vital to helping your recovery. What’s more we will take the reins and give you peace of mind that the practicalities are being looked after such as organising medical assessments or assigning a case manager depending on your needs.
Why choose us?
At Geoffrey Leaver our experienced team of Personal Injury solicitors are ranked number one by Chambers and Partners for delivering top quality legal advice. What’s more our personal approach means that you will be looked after by the same litigator throughout the legal process giving you that reassurance and peace of mind you are being taken care of.
To make an appointment to see one of our Personal Injury experts, Navdip Gill, Sam Seaford, Anne Maguire, Ann Summerling or Kerry Gibbs please call 01908 689338 (out of office hours – 07825 940007) or contact us.
What our clients say:
“I am very pleased with the outcome of my claim, it took just 3 months to settle from start to finish where I know some claims can take years. Really happy.” Shauna Davies
For more information about how we can help, you can read testimonials from our personal injury clients
Chambers & Partners 2024 – Personal Injury Department Ranked in Band 2: notes the team has built a national reputation achieving impressive results on behalf of clients dealing with life changing injuries. Clients praise the team on their selection of instructing the leading experts in the UK. “Geoffrey Leaver offers excellent client care with the added benefit of experienced staff.”
Chambers & Partners 2023 – Personal Injury Department Ranked in Band 2: notes the team is a highly regarded personal injury practice offering expertise in a broad range of disputed liability cases. The team is equally adept at handling cases from RTAs, acting for passengers, pedestrians and cyclists. Their expertise includes severe spinal cord and brain injuries, as well as PTSD. “Geoffrey Leaver’s team is professional and approachable.”
Chambers & Partners 2022 – Personal Injury Department Ranked in Band 1: notes the team is highly regarded as a personal injury practice offering expertise in a broad range of disputed liability cases. Equally adept at handling cases resulting from RTAs, brain injuries, as well as PTSD. One client commented “The service I received was five-star; the team were professional and empathetic.”
Chambers & Partners 2021 – Personal Injury Department Ranked in Band 1: one client reports “The process has been nothing but well planned and stress-free.”
Chambers & Partners 2020: Personal Injury Department is recognised by Chambers & Partners 2020 who noted the department as“efficient and effective, and easy to communicate with.”
The Legal 500: Personal Injury Department is recognised by The Legal 500 who notes “the practice is well-regarded for ‘taking on difficult cases at short notice’ from other law firms.”
The Personal Injury Team
Navdip Gill Partner
Personal Injury 01908 689338 (07825 940007)Navdip is a highly experienced and shrewd Personal Injury Litigator with an exceptional track record in delivering great results for his clients. Recognised as a top ranked lawyer by Chambers & Partners, his particular area of expertise involves complex and challenging high value brain and head injury cases in both adults and children.
Sam Seaford Partner
Personal Injury 01908 689349Sam is a personal injury solicitor and Partner at Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors, who has over a decade of experience handling serious and catastrophic personal injury claims including but not limited to employer’s liability, road traffic accidents and occupier’s liability claims. Sam has extensive experience in claims against insurance companies, large scale employer’s and their representatives, Councils and the Police. He specialises in high value and complex, pedestrian, motorcycle and cyclist claims.
Anne Maguire Consultant
Personal Injury 01908 689365Anne is a Consultant to the Personal Injury Department. Anne is ranked as a leader in her field by Chamber and Partners Legal Directory. She has more than 30 years’ experience representing clients who have suffered serious brain or life-changing injuries, clinical negligence and fatal accidents.
Kerry Gibbs Associate
Personal Injury 01908 692769Kerry has worked in the legal industry for over 20 years, in various roles acting on behalf of claimants and defendants. The majority of her experience has been gained in Personal Injury, where she worked her way up to client account manager for a large corporation before specialising in claimant based work.
Ariana Kirton-Mogort Paralegal
Personal Injury 01908 689328Ariana is the newest member of our Personal Injury team and joins us as a Paralegal. After graduating from Buckingham University with an LLB, Ariana completed her Legal Practice Course and LLM with De Montfort University. Having always had a passion for studying law, she chose to specifically study personal injury during her master’s degree.