Trips, Slips and Falls

If you were injured in a trip, slip or fall in a public place or on private property you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries and the losses that you have suffered as a result.  Commonly such accidents occur on public footpaths or in buildings such as supermarkets and shopping centres.  However, trips and falls can just as easily occur on private property, including rental properties.  In both instances, the person responsible for the premises will usually be insured to cover personal injury claims.

In order to be successful in a personal injury claim following a trip, slip or fall, you need to prove that the person responsible for the area was negligent.  Our knowledgeable lawyers will advise you on this depending on your specific circumstances.

Examples of trip, slip and fall compensation claims include:

  • Slips on dropped items in shopping centres and supermarkets
  • Slips on food and drink spillages in bars, restaurants and food courts
  • Trips on uneven paving, tree roots, and manhole covers
  • Trips in potholes and on uneven ground
  • Falls from unstable cliff tops and terrain
  • Slips and falls around swimming pools
  • Falls down stairs
  • Falls from bunk beds

To read some examples of our successful trip, slip and fall claims, visit our case studies page here.

If you have been injured in a trip, slip or fall in a public place or on private property, contact us now to speak to a friendly expert about your rights to compensation.

Trips, Slips and Falls case studies:

Our client, MC, was a self-employed long distance truck driver. MC was making a late night delivery to the Defendant’s premises and had to step out of his cab to weigh his load. The lighting over the weighbridge was not working, making the area pitch black. As MC stepped down from his cab, his ankle rolled in a pothole on the dirt road, causing him a serious ankle injury.

As a result of the ankle injury, MC was unable to work as a truck driver for several weeks. After he returned to work he never regained the same level of duties, as using the clutch on his 18 gear truck aggravated his ankle pain.

A claim was brought against the company responsible for the premises, alleging unsafe lighting, an unsafe road surface, and an unsafe method of operations. Liability was denied but we obtained an expert report from a health and safety expert who confirmed that MC’s accident could have been prevented by safer practices. We also obtained a witness statement from another truck driver who confirmed poor practices at the Defendant’s site. Our witness also confirmed better methods at other sites, including the use of UHF radios which avoided the need for drivers to exit their cabs.

The Court ordered that the parties attend a settlement conference before the matter went to Hearing. Although liability had been strenuously denied, we secured a significant lump sum of compensation for MC at the settlement conference. MC subsequently had the financial security to pay for any future surgery on a private basis, and the assurance that he had money to fall back on if he needed time off work in the future.

Trips, Slips and Falls case studies