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QUESTION: What Slip or Trip Evidence Should I Gather?

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QUESTION: What Slip or Trip Evidence Should I Gather?

As unfair as it may seem, given that you are the one who was injured, if you want your compensation claim to be successful then you need to prove that you are entitled to it. It isn’t enough simply to show your arm or leg in plaster; you need evidence to show that another party was responsible for causing your injury and that’s where The Compensation Experts can help. Not only do we work with some of the best personal injury lawyers in the country, but we also know about claiming compensation for a slip or trip.

Evidence Needed for a Slip or Trip Claim

There are two groups of evidence required for a valid slip or trip compensation claim. The first relates to your injury, while the second is to show liability.

Evidence to prove your injury can include:

  • Medical records either from your GP or the hospital if you went for a scan or X-ray. Seeking medical attention at the earliest opportunity will not only give your body the best chance to heal quickly, but it will also give you valuable evidence that will help strengthen your claim.
  • If you fell in a public area, like slipping on a wet supermarket floor, your accident should be recorded in their accident log book. Employers are bound by law to report injuries from accidents at work as part of their health and safety practices. Do not sign any accident report you don’t agree with, and ask for a copy for your records.

Proving liability in a slip, trip or fall claim can be difficult, but all of the following will give you every opportunity to clearly show another party was responsible:

  • Pictures of the scene at the time of your accident. If you can’t do this yourself, then ask someone to take photos for you showing the condition of the floor or the object you tripped over. Without photographic evidence, your claim boils down to your account versus the defendants. With photos, it is much harder for them to disprove your claim. If you slipped on stairs then show the stairs in detail – are the risers too high or uneven, are there handrails, is there any non-slip surface for safety, are the steps very narrow?
  • Names and contact details of any witnesses to your accident, including objective witnesses who are not affiliated with you or the property owner if possible. Third-party witness statements are often very valuable in a compensation case as they are unbiased.

The defendant (or lawyers for their insurance company) will do their utmost to prove that you either were not injured or that it was not their fault. It’s their job to pay you as little as possible, and your lawyer’s to make sure they pay you everything to which you may be entitled. As your claim progresses your lawyer will obtain information such as:

  • Maintenance schedules. Local authorities have a legal duty to keep a regular schedule of checking and maintaining roads and footpaths in their area. Your lawyer will check whether they have been negligent in doing this.
  • Reports of prior accidents similar to yours, or examples of risks being reported. For example, are you the first person to slip on that icy patch of the carpark, or did someone else fall there last winter? Has that pothole been reported to the local authority and, if so, was it more than six months ago?

With The Compensation Experts on your team, you can feel confident that no stone will be left unturned in the quest to obtain the evidence you need to receive compensation you may be entitled to. Contact us today.

Am I eligible?

If you have been harmed physically in the last 3 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.

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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.

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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.

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