Claiming compensation for slip injuries and fall injuries
If you have slipped and fell due to another person’s action or negligence, you may be able to claim compensation for up to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
With this in mind, here are 5 vital aspects of slip and fall injuries to know before making a claim.
How do I know if I have a slip and fall injury claim?
Generally speaking if you have sustained a slip and fall injury while out in public, whether you are shopping at your local convenience store or making your way back to your car in the carpark, you may be eligible to claim compensation through a public liability claim.
A public liability claim being claims for compensation for injuries suffered in a public space.
A slip and fall may seem trivial, but there are a large variety of injuries which can be sustained through a simple trip and fall which will enable one to make a claim.
This includes, but is not limited to: head and spinal injuries, fractures of various bones ( wrists, hands, feet, hips, etc.) and torn ligaments.
A slip and fall is no insignificant matter, so it is greatly advised that one seeks legal advice as soon as the slip or fall occurs to begin the process of making your claim.
What can I claim compensation for?
A slip and fall may cause severe physical injuries to be sustained, as discussed before, however, there is far more than just the physical injury aspect of these injuries which can be cause for compensation.
One may suffer psychological injuries as well through the pain and suffering a person experiences from a severe incident.
It should also not be forgotten the economic loss, both past and present, that an injury can cause.
A slip and fall injury which causes severe damage to one’s hands may lead to unemployability, or an incapacity to continue their current occupation.
This is due to the potential newfound inability to write, use a computer or perform manual labour which would severely impact one’s working life.
As such, an injury injury can lead to significant compensation claims when the correct legal advice is sought after.
Can I claim on a slip on wet floor?
A common slip and fall injury is associated with wet floors. When a floor, for example at your local convenience store, is wet due to the activities of staff, such as during cleaning, you may fall on the wet surface due to a lack of staffers preventing customers from walking on the wet surface (through signs or barriers etc.)
In this situation, you may be entitled to compensation as the store has a duty of care to prevent these injuries happening to those who use its space.
How much can I be compensated for in my claim?
This depends on the extent of the injuries sustained, including physical, psychological, economical, etc.
During a slip and fall you may suffer an injury which will cause great economic loss to yourself in the future through the need for a carer or surgeries.
As such the amount one can claim as compensation for their slip and fall injury can be significant, in some cases in the hundreds of thousands.
Where are slip and fall injuries likely to occur?
Slip and fall injuries can occur in many places you may commonly visit on a day to day basis, such as:
- Supermarkets and shops
- Your workplace
- Restaurants and cafes
- Theme parks, gyms, sports centres
- Universities and schoolyards
As such, when these injuries occur, it is important to consult United Legal for the best advice on your situation so you can have the best chance of being successfully compensated for your injury.
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