Slipping and tripping accidents can happen in all sorts of places whether on the street, on the roads, in shops and supermarkets and other places and premises which people are allowed to visit. For example, such accidents can happen as result of:
- Potholes in the road
- Uneven paving slabs on the pavement
- Water and other slippery substances on the floor that have not been cleaned up
- Equipment, objects and other obstructions that have been left lying about.
All occupiers and owners of premises and other property have a duty to ensure that visitors to those premises are reasonably safe for the purposes for which they have been allowed to go to those premises and other property. Potential hazards should be removed or warnings to put in place of the potential dangers.
Highway authorities have a duty to maintain roads and pavements such that they are reasonably safe for drivers and pedestrians. Highway authorites also have a duty to ensure that when there is snow and ice on the roads and pavements that users of those roads and pavements have safe passage across and along them so far as is reasonably practicable.
If you have been injured as a result of a slipping or tripping hazard you may be able to take legal action for compensation. However, not all potential slipping and tripping hazards will justify compensation and there are also technical defences available to occupiers and owners of premises and property and Highway authorites and expert advice is needed to workout whether you have a claim. Our specialist solicitors will be able to advise you and we will act for you on a NO WIN NO FEE basis meaning that you will not have to pay any legal fees should your claim be unsuccessful. Contact us today to get your claim started.