28 year old Miss W from Bolton called Michael Lewin Solicitors to ask about claiming compensation for a shoulder hip and knee injury she suffered as a result of a fall in a shop in the UK.
Miss W was just leaving the shop when she got her foot stuck in a bag handle that was resting in one of the aisles. The bag under her foot caused her to skid and fall to the floor. Health and safety laws require that all public areas are kept clear of trip hazards. The law also protects people like Miss W who are hurt during an accident in a public place due to another person’s negligence.
In the past figures have shown that slip trip and fall incidents in the workplace have cost 40 workers their lives in one year. Also in a year over 15000 major injuries to workers have been caused by slips trips and falls and over 30000 workers have taken more than three days off work. It is estimated that the cost to society each year for slips trips and falls is around £800 million. Health and Safety Executive figures show that slips and trips are the most common cause of major injuries in the work place in Great Britain. Most workplace deaths are caused by falls from height.
There are basic rules which must be followed to reduce the risk of slips either at work or in a public place. Failure to follow these rules can lead to liability for an accident and injury to another person. Basic housekeeping rules are vital; keep water and contaminants away from walkways and if they do spill they should be cleaned up immediately. Any employees such as cleaners who are exposed to wet floors should be provided with suitable footwear. Particular care and attention should be taken during the colder months when rain ice and snow increase the risk of wet floors.
Michael Lewin Solicitors advised Miss W that they could help her claim compensation from the third party for her shoulder hip and knee injury because she was not responsible for her accident; her solicitors have dealt with numerous public liability cases in the UK involving slips trips and falls.
The accident was painful and embarrassing for Miss W. Michael Lewin worked really hard to lessen the burden of her ordeal and reach a resolution as quickly as possible.
Compensation is awarded for pain suffering and loss of amenity. Loss of amenity covers things such as not being able to continue a hobby continue a chosen career or carry out domestic tasks. Special damages can include part of your claim for example lost wages travelling expenses (e.g. for attending medical appointments) prescriptions private medical treatment the cost of repairing or replacing damaged property (including your car) the cost of private care or the equivalent value of care given by family members. This part of your claim can run into £1000s if you have been unable to go to work.
If you have a compensation claim for a shoulder hip or knee injury or any injury which has been caused by an accident in the UK that wasn?t your fault call Michael Lewin Solicitors on: 0844 499 9302.