Slip & Trip

If you are injured as a result of a slipping or tripping

  • Slip in a shop/restaurants and supermarkets
  • Trip over dangerously aligned or uneven pavements
  • Slip on dangerous, polished or wet surfaces
  • Fall down from stairs that are in poor condition or not built according to acceptable standard
  • Slip in obstructed walkways, stairs or corridors etc.

You may be entitled to make personal injury claim. After you have got the injury due to slip and trip, you should make sure that you have completed or arranged to complete the following to make your injury claim possibly solid and effective.

  • Take photos of that location, that floor surface, your clothing and shoes that you were wearing at that time, if any mats or rugs, warning signs and part of the body injured.
  • Write down the name, address and telephone number of the witnesses. You must always remember that you should not contact to the witness/s and leave this work onto your solicitor.
  • Secure and save your shoes which you were wearing and seal them in a plastic bag by using tape in order to save the materials stuck to the shoes so that these can be preserved for inspection and verification if needed later on.
  • Ensure that slip and trip accident has been recorded in and reported to the concerned manager or authorized staff and obtain a copy of it.
  • If the item/stuff is non-perishable in nature, take a sample of it and save it with due care.
  • If the item/stuff is perishable in nature, save or preserve it in a liquid chemical preservative or in a freezer.

Because every case is different in nature we advise you to contact us for free consultation.

Slip & Trip Accidents on Highways

Local roads and pavements are managed by the highways authority – part of the local councils, which must be maintained to ‘reasonable standard’ with a view to avoid accidents i.e. slip and trip and to keep clean environments.

Therefore, every local council has defined its system of inspection and maintenance of roads and pavements which they most of the time, follow according to the practices prescribed. Local councils are not liable as soon as a defect in the road/pavement occurs.

Nevertheless, if within a reasonable time after reporting or noticed through reasonable maintenance regime, it was not repaired, they are held liable for slip and trip related accidents.

Being a part of the inspection process, each local authority keeps its record of maintenance work performed that can be examined to assess the relevance and liability of the local council involved as a result of which the accident happened.

While judging the liability with regards to slip and trip cases, the following factors are given as guidance.

  • Size and nature of the defect
  • Weather conditions
  • Lighting etc
  • Warning signs etc
  • Construction work or obstruction by contractor with precautionary measures taken, then contractor will be responsible.