1. Slip and trip accidents usually arise in the street or on the public highway.
The most common types are tripping where a paving slab is raised or slipping on an icy or slippery footpath.
2. What do I need to do following an accident?
- Your priority will of course be your injury but it is always helpful to have a photograph showing the defect which caused you to fall.
- It is also always helpful if you can go back and measure the defect and take photographs. For example, where you trip over a raised paving slab, a photograph showing the height of the defect should be taken. You can use a ruler or even a 50p piece.
- If there are witnesses to your fall, it is important to get their name and contact details as they may need to be contacted to give a statement to assist with your claim.
- You can report the accident to the Highway Authority although, if you do, you should ensure that you have taken photographs and measured the defect. The Highway Authority may repair the defect which will mean that the evidence of it could then disappear.
3. How do I know if my claim will succeed?
For a claim to succeed, it has to be proved that the Highway Authority were at fault. This is often known as negligence. The Highways Act 1980 also sets out the duties which Highways Authorities have to maintain roads and footpaths. We will take full details from you and advise if the defect which caused your slip or trip will give rise to a claim.
4. What Injury can I claim for?
As per Public/Occupier’s Liability section.
5. How much compensation will I receive?
The compensation for your injury depends upon the severity of the injury itself. There are published guidelines which give a range of compensation for different injuries. When your claim is ready for settlement, we will carry out detailed research and advise you on the appropriate compensation you should receive.
We remain most grateful for all your help and support in bringing this matter to a satisfactory conclusion. No one could have done more, and we think the outcome is not only a credit to your skills in this area of law, but also to the care and attention that you have taken on our behalf
Thank you so much again for all your hard work through this, it’s been great to work with you! If ever somebody’s in that situation I know where to send them.
“Thank you very much for everything you’ve done for me. That is a great news for me, I don’t know how to thank you Mr Wilson
I just wanted to send you a message of thanks for your work over these past 4 and a half years. It has certainly been a tough time period in my life, but your support has made things so much easier. Knowing that there were people who understand me, my needs and most importantly believed in me means everything to me, i really can’t thank you enough. The case was certainly not a straight forward one, but you fought my corner at every step. Thank you.
I would also like to thank Alison as well for making me feel relaxed on the day should i have had to go into court. I would have gone in with 100% confidence and that could have made all the difference on the day. In the end it wasn’t necessary and we got the result. For me it was never about the money, it was about the effect it was going to have on my future life and career, so the result is a good one.
I would not hesitate for a second in recommending Sills & Betteridge
Thank you for all your help with this matter and the efficient manner in which my case has been handled. As I am sure you will appreciate, it was quite distressing and stressful to have had a second accident in such a short time frame but the way in which you handled the case and provided me with advice and kept me updated throughout has been very reassuring and I have nothing but praise and recommendation for both you and your company.
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