Slip, trip and fall claims are among the most common we deal with at The Compensation Experts.
The first question people ask when they contact The Compensation Experts is often “Can I make a claim?” and the second is usually “How long does a compensation claim take?”
While there’s no definitive timescale for completing a request for compensation, we can give you an indication of how long a slip or trip claim will take to win.
Average Claim Processing Times
Claims do not have a set processing time. There are several key influencing factors including how severe a victim’s injuries are, and whether another party is willing to admit liability. Although we can’t tell you at the start precisely how long your claim will take (and you should be wary of any personal injury lawyer who says they can), we can give a guide based on similar personal injury claims processed in the last few years.
You can expect your slip, trip or fall claim to take between six and nine months to be resolved, then a further two to three weeks before you receive payment of compensation in your bank account.
You may find it unusual that slip, trip and fall claim processing times can be longer than the average road traffic accident claim processing time (normally between four and nine months). This difference is because it is not always clear when making a claim for a slip, trip or fall whether another party was responsible, or whether an accident was caused by the victim or even simple bad luck. Public liability claims like these are sometimes harder to prove than personal liability incidents.
Proving Liability in a Slip, Trip or Fall Claim
As with any compensation claim, proving liability is the role of the claimant, not the defendant. If you have slipped on a supermarket forecourt or tripped over a loose piece of pavement, you need to show that the owner of the property where the accident occurred (which might be a private individual, a company, or a local authority) knew about the hazard or risk the surface posed before you fell and that they had adequate time (at least six months) to make repairs. Proving this may sound difficult, but the success The Compensation Experts has in obtaining compensation for our clients shows it is possible with the right legal support.
In addition to evidence like witness statements and photos of the accident site, your lawyer will obtain records from the local authority of any complaints or reports of the defect which caused your accident. Potholes need to be at least one inch (2.5 centimetres) deep, while uneven paving slabs need to be protruding at least an inch for your claim to be valid. Your lawyer will also look at the authority’s maintenance schedule to see if they have been remiss in the frequency with which they check and repair surfaces.
Making a Claim for a Slip, Trip or Fall
Contact The Compensation Experts today if you have been injured in a fall that you believe to have been caused by negligence. Our legal advisors will be able to tell you whether you might be entitled to claim damages and, if so, how we can help you.
Need some help?
Am I eligible?
If you have been harmed physically in the last three years, due to someone else’s negligence, the short answer is yes.
Exceptions to this are for instance industrial disease or if you were a child at the time of the accident you may have a longer period to claim.
How much could I claim?
As every injury is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ case to case. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: extent of your injuries, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our dedicated team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim for.
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent & clear as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party that you wish to begin claim proceedings. With your solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be keep up to date every step of the way.
Why should you use us?
No Win, No Fee*
We assess all claims on a No Win, No Fee basis, then we can determine how successful a claim is likely to be. This service is 100% free.
We assess each claim on its merits with the information provide, which aids us determine its likely success rate.
Our dedicated panel are experts in securing compensation no matter the injury.
The personal injury solicitors we work with are committed to securing the best possible outcome for you while providing expert support every step of the way.
Personal Dedicated Solicitors
Each client is provided with their own Personal Injury solicitor who will work on the case from start to finish, being there every step of the way. The client will be provided with a direct phone number and direct email address of the solicitor.