Slipping Accidents at Work
If you have suffered an injury in the last 3 years as a result of slipping on a spillage or substance on a floor at your place of work or in a public building / area you may be entitled to an award of compensation.
Your employer has a responsibility to provide a safe working environment which includes preventing slipping accidents. The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 provides that every floor in a workplace must not be uneven or slippery so as to cause risk of injury.
Slipping Accidents in Public Places
Section 2 of the Occupiers Liability Act 1957 states that the common duty of care in relation to occupiers is the duty to take such care as in all the circumstances of the case is reasonable to see that the visitor will be reasonably safe in using the premises for the reason which he or she is invited or permitted to be there.
Tripping Accidents at Work
Your tripping accident at work may have been as a result of items or equipment left in a walkway at your place of work, an unevern surface or even poor lighting restricting your visibility.
Your employer is required to provide you with a safe working environment and this includes ensuring that you can move around your place of work without tripping or falling due to an obstruction or other hazard. Furthermore your employer is liable for the actions of their staff if a member of staff has caused your tripping accident.
Tripping Accidents in Public Places
If you have suffered injury in the last 3 years as a result of tripping on an uneven, poorly maintained pavement/footpath or due to inadequate street lighting you may be entitled to compensation.
In order to make a successful claim against the local authority for injury sustained as a result of tripping on a poorly maintained pavement/footpath, you must prove that the local authority failed in their statutory duties and left the pavement/footpath in a dangerous condition for a long period of time.
The general rule of thumb is that the hazard that caused you to trip or stumble has a tripping edge in excess of 25mm (approx. 1 inch). In addition, the hazard must have been there for a minimum of 6 months where the local authority have failed to take any steps to repair or improve the pavement/fotpath in question.
What you must prove
To be held legally responsible for the injuries you suffered from a slipping, tripping or falling accident, the owner of the premises or your employer must have:
- caused the spillage or trip through their own negligence or that of their employees, servants or agents
- known about the slippery or dangerous material or object and done nothing about it, or
- should have known about the slippery or dangerous material because a “reasonable” person taking care of the property would have discovered and removed or repaired it.
If you would like some more advice in relation to a slipping or tripping accident, please either complete our Online Enquiry Form or telephone 01244-880643 or 07759310505 and speak to Rosaleen Jones, a qualified Personal Injury Solicitor, who can offer you the expertise in this area of law on how to bring a successful accident claim.