Trip slip fall accidents are all too common in both public and private places in Sheffield. Our personal injury solicitors handle a large volume of slipping & tripping compensation claims. These mishaps can happen anywhere in Sheffield but the main circumstances are in relation to falls due to defects in the road or pavement, slips or falls in shops of offices and other public or private places including trips and slips at work.
Compensation claims for injuries caused by tripping and slipping in Sheffield vary but in all cases they are the responsibility of the owner or occupier who has a duty to protect visitors to the land or property :-
Roads, Highways & Pavements
Trips slips and falls on roads, pavements and highways in Sheffield due to defects are the responsibility of the relevant authority which may be a council, local authority, highway authority or central government. In cases where there is an adequate inspection regime to identify and repair defects it may afford the owner or occupier with a full defence to a tripping and slipping claim. The standard of these locations is not expected to be absolutely perfect but must adequately reflect anticipated usage. Safety requirements in country lanes will be different to that required in city centre locations.
Other Public Places
This includes shops, public areas, unfenced fields, public areas of offices and other places to which the public have reasonable access. In cases where there is an adequate inspection regime to identify and repair defects it may afford the owner or occupier with a full defence to a tripping and slipping claim. Shops in particular may become liable for spills caused by another customer if the cleaning regime is not up to scratch.
This includes private homes, where most accidents occur. Action can be taken against a home owner for negligence but in reality this usually only occurs if the home owner has public liability insurance which is usually included in a general home/household insurance policy.
Place of work
An unsafe place of work is a very dangerous situation. Employers in Sheffield often fail to adequately take care of their employee’s health and safety because of the cost involved. All employers must by law be insured. If you have been injured in a tripping or slipping accident at work you should take urgent legal advice.
Tripping and slipping compensation claims need specialist advice and it is very important that you contact us without delay. This area of law can be complex and we need to speak with you to obtain the details of what happened. Our specialist personal injury solicitors are experts in trip slip & fall compensation claims and will assess the matter without cost to you. If you would like free legal advice with no further obligation from a specialist personal injury lawyer, just use the helpline or email our offices. We operate the no win no fee scheme otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client.