Public liability claims refer to accidents that occur in public places including on pavements, in hospitals, schools, supermarkets, shopping centres, sports centres, and playgrounds. Slips, trips and falls are often more serious than they sound and in 95% of occasions result in broken bones.
Public organisations must ensure that their buildings, sites and premises are safe to use. Roads and pavements are key areas in this regard, as the majority of fall claims arise from defective pavements and potholes in public highways.
Most common types of slip and trip accidents
Slips and trips can happen anywhere, whether it’s a workplace or a public building. Most common slip and trip accidents occur in offices, factories, warehouses, construction sites, supermarkets and shopping centres. The risk of slipping and tripping gets higher in public use buildings or places where large numbers of people engage in various tasks at the same time.
Some of the most common workplace slips and trips include:
- Slipping on a wet floor, e.g. supermarket
- Slipping on spillages
- Tripping over frayed or damaged tiles
- Tripping over an object left in an inappropriate place
- Slipping or tripping due to poor or defective lightning
- Slipping or tripping on damaged or unsafe stairs
The Health and Safety regulations including the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 protect employees against slips and trips in the workplace.
Employers and property owner’s responsibility
Employers and property owners have a responsibility to protect their employees and the public from the risk of having an injury by ensuring that the public use facilities and work environments are safe and fit to use. If they fail to do so, they may be liable for trip or fall compensation due to the injuries and any inconveniences caused by your accident.
Effects of slip or trip accidents
Most slips and trips result in relatively minor injuries requiring minimal time off work, but there are occasions where they lead to long lasting, permanent disability. These life changing accidents have a huge impact both on the injured person as well as their families especially when the person injured has to take time off work. In these instances, compensation can help cover some of the costs associated with any specialist care you may require and improve your financial situation.
If you suffered a slip, trip or fall that was caused by someone’s negligence on the part of a local authority, public body or employer call our slip, trip and fall solicitors on 0131 555 7055 today for a free consolation and assessment of your circumstances. Or you can contact us through our form.
Public Liability Claims – Frequently Asked Questions
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