Accidents happen to everyone; even the best of us. Slips and trips are one of those accidents that can occur anywhere and anytime but that doesn’t mean that you should just suffer in silence. There are numerous actions you can take, and this article will explore a few of the different options that are available to you.
Something important to consider is the fact that while these accidents more often than not lead to very minor injuries, sometimes they can be fatal. Permanent back injuries, paralysis, and broken bones are all genuine wounds that you can experience after a fall from a slip and a trip. It comes down to you to decide how bad your injury is. Has it deeply impacted your life? Has it added any extra difficulties to your life? If so, you may well be due a claim.
Where do slips and trips happen?
This may seem like a redundant paragraph as we have established, they can happen anywhere, but where they happen can affect a potential claim. Wet and slippery surfaces are the usual suspects when it comes to slips and trips. In a workplace or retail establishment this may come down to negligence on their behalf and as such, you should be compensated by them.
However, even if you trip when you are outside on the pavement, you may still be due some compensation. The local government or council may be at fault if they have left a fault on the walkway or allowed that part to deteriorate causing a threat. Sometimes it depends on whom owns the land, so it is worth researching who to claim against when an accident occurs.
The crux of any claim, how much money can you get? Well, that depends on the type of injury, who is to blame, how the accident occurred and what kind of threat the hazard that caused the accident is to others. Your lawyer will also take into account the amount of time off that you have had to take because of the injury and any extra duress the injury has caused to your living situation.
How to Make a Claim
Once you have established that you have the potential for a claim, you must have as much detail as possible about the accident. Your lawyer may need to speak to witnesses, see any relevant camera footage, and need to be able to verify all of your claims. The more information that you have the easier it will be for the lawyer to establish your claim.
Other things to keep in mind are doctors’ testimonies and how visible the impact of the injury has had on your life. Again, the easier it is to see then the easier your claim will be.
Slips and Trips
These occur so often that they have become commonplace in our lives. But that is not to say that you are not due compensation. Make sure that companies aren’t getting away with their negligence.
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