Slip, trip, or falling incidents can be both embarrassing and lead to serious injuries. Should you decide to claim compensation for your injury, our expert solicitors have set out what you should do next.
AFTER A SLIP, TRIP OR FALL:
– Seek medical attention from your GP or local hospital as soon as possible following the injury. Some of your injuries may go unnoticed initially due to shock. Records will be made of any damage even if no treatment is necessary, so it’s important you tell the doctor all of your injuries, no matter how small
– Take a note of exactly where your accident happened, and mark it on your copy of a local map. Google Street View and Google Maps are excellent tools for this
– If you can, and it is safe to do so, take photographs of the scene of your accident, and what caused it. For example, if you tripped over a raised pavement stone you should take some wide angle photos of the area with the raised paving stone clearly shown. You should also take some close-up shots of the raised stone and some shots with a ruler or measurement device (even a 50p piece will do) in the photo, clearly indicating the size of the defect
– If you didn’t have a camera with you at the time of your accident, go back to the scene as soon as you can to take photos. It’s likely that the defect that caused your accident will still exist
– Take the names and contact details of any witnesses. This could help if statements are required from them. They may even be able to provide information that will help your personal injury compensation claim
– Notify the council (or business) responsible for the premises, pavement, road or highway where your accident happened. This is best done in writing so a record will be made
– If you live in the local area, it’s important to consider how long the defect has been a threat. Most councils claim to have a system of inspection in place, but if you know the defect has been present for longer than 12 months, seek local support and evidence of this
– Keep a diary recording how the injury has affected you, what you have spent on pain relief and travel expenses, and what help you have required as a result of the accident. Remember to include any psychological symptoms including shock, sleepless nights, etc.
– Document everything you spend to aid your recovery. Keep receipts for anything paid for including lost income, prescription expenses, travel expenses, etc. These can all form part of your claim for compensation.
Find out more about making a compensation claim with National Claims Helpline for your slip, trip, or fall.
If you have any questions, or if you would like to speak to somebody about your experience, give us a call on 0330 995 0060 or fill in our quick form and one of our professional and compassionate legally trained advisors will call you right back. With strict time limits in place for slip, trip, and fall compensation claims, the sooner you call us, the better.