Trips and slips

Accidents arising from slips and trips are often perceived as trivial, and an example of the “compensation culture”.

In reality, a high proportion of such accidents involve serious injury. The Health and Safety Executive estimate that 95% of major slips result in broken bones.

Examples of tripping and slipping personal injury claims successfully pursued include:

  • Severe injuries to the elderly, caused by slipping or tripping on defective pavements
  • Injuries to children caused by defective utility grids
  • Injuries caused by slipping on wet floors in supermarkets, hospitals and schools
  • Injuries suffered by children in playgrounds and sports centres
  • Claims by council tenants for ill health caused by housing disrepair and defective premises
  • Injuries to cyclists, motorcyclists and motorists caused by potholes in roads

All public and private organisations owe a duty of care to ensure all visitors to premises are safe. Local Authorities are also under a duty to ensure that pavements and public highways are in a safe condition for public use. Buckles is instructed in many such cases each year.

What should you do?

  1. Take photographs is you can of the cause of the accident. Use a coin or some other item to give scale
  2. Report the incident to an appropriate person/authority

For further information about out services or for a free, no obligation discussion with one of our personal injury lawyers, call us on 01733 888911.