If you Slip, Trip or Fall because of someone’s negligence, such as a failure to maintain the correct health and safety standards, then you have a right to claim compensation from whoever’s fault it was.
For example, if you slip in an area that is open to the public, like a library or bank, then you can make a claim against the occupier’s public liability insurance policy.
However if you lip, Trip or Fall in a building or area owned by the council like a public footpath, then you can make a compensation claim against your local authority because it was down to their negligence that you fell.
The same is also possible if you fell in the vicinity of a private property, providing it was the fault of the owner or occupier and they could either afford to pay or they had an insurance policy to cover it.
If you fall at work because of a hazard at your workplace that goes against your employer’s health and safety standards, then you may be in a position to claim. Employers must keep their workplaces safe, as must shops, supermarkets and restaurants.
If a slip, trip or fall is caused by such things as the following, then someone is responsible:
- Slippery floors
- Uneven flooring
- Cracked or uneven pavements
- Unexpected obstacles
- Inadequate lighting
- Ice or snow in areas that should have been cleared