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Accidents involving slips, trips and falls are very common and can result in serious injuries.
Such accidents can occur in shops, restaurants and offices, for example, and are caused by wet or slippery floors, obstructions or defective surfaces. There is a duty of care on the part of owner or occupiers to keep their premises in a safe condition. If they fail to do so and you injure yourself as a result of this failure then you may have a claim against them or their insurers.
Accidents can also happen on footpaths, highways, roads and pavements. Responsibility for the upkeep of highways lies with the local authority or the owner of the land upon which they are situated. There is a duty of care to maintain such areas free of dangerous defects. You may have a claim if you injure yourself as a result of a fall caused by a surface which is uneven, pitted or in a poor state of repair.
At work your employer has a statutory duty to ensure that you are safe from slips, trips or falls caused by slippery floor surfaces, obstructions, defective floor surfaces and other such causes. If you slip or are injured at work as a result of a trip or fall then you may be entitled to claim compensation, from your employer or their insurers.
If you have a claim or would like to have advice about possible claims, contact us and ask for a member of the Personal Injury team. We will advise you as to whether you have a claim and in appropriate cases, we can act for you on a no win no fee basis. If after talking to us you decide not to go ahead with a claim, you are under no obligation to do so and we will not charge for our initial advice session. We're based in North East but act for clients across the country as well as those in Sunderland, and Newcastle and across the northern region.