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Slips, Trips and Falls Claims

Slips, trips and falls can leave you with a range of injuries, some of which can have a significant impact on your long-term health. Torn ligaments and broken bones can make day to day life very difficult, and you may need to take time off work to recover from your injuries.

If you are out and about and you have an accident because the proper safety precautions are not in place, we could help you get the compensation you deserve.

We could help you make a claim if you’ve suffered an injury in a range of circumstances, including:

  • Tripping on a uneven pavement
  • Slipping accidents
  • Falling down stairs because of defective handrails or uneven surfaces
  • Falling from a raised height, such as a ramp or walkway

Our expert personal injury lawyers have helped many people who have been injured by a slip, trip or a fall in a public place. We can also help you access specialist rehabilitation and support in order for you to make the best recovery you can. We accept many cases on a No Win No Fee* basis – so if your case isn’t successful, you won’t have to pay any legal fees.

If you’re interested in making a claim for a slip, trip or fall, contact our personal injury solicitors as soon as possible. We can even offer you a free initial consultation where we can discuss your claim and how we could help.


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Slips, Trips and Falls Claims - More Information
    • What Can Compensation Pay For?
    • By making a slip, trip or fall claim, you might be able to access compensation which takes into account:

      • Your pain and suffering
      • Rehabilitative therapy and support
      • Counselling support
      • Loss of earnings
      • Expenses (such as travel costs to hospital or therapy appointments)

      The amount of compensation you’re likely to receive will depend on a combination of the above factors and the severity of your injuries.

      If the person or organisation responsible for your injuries accepts responsibility early on, we could also help you get access to interim compensation payments. These payments can help cover your ongoing care costs (including rehabilitative surgery) and expenses (such as travel expenses) while we’re working on your case.

    • What Will Happen When I Make A Claim?
    • After you’ve contacted us, we’ll set up a free initial consultation to discuss your case and whether you have a legal claim. We’ll discuss what funding options are available to you to pay for your claim, including No Win No Fee agreements*.

      We’ll then get in touch with those responsible for your accident at an early stage to see if they accept the blame for your injuries. If they accept responsibility, we’ll try to secure interim compensation payments which can fund private medical care and ongoing expenses, before your claim fully settles. Any interim payments will be taken out of your final compensation award.

      Our experts will look into your case in detail, gathering evidence to support your claim. We’ll also look at the care and therapy you’ll need to recover from your injuries, as well as long-term implications for your health and the associated costs that need to be factored into your compensation.

      We’ll always try and negotiate claims out of court, keeping the claim process as short as we can. However, if your opponent doesn’t accept responsibility or doesn’t agree with the amount of compensation we feel you need, we’ll start court proceedings.

      Even when trial dates have been set, claims are still often settled before reaching court. If your claim does need to go to court, we’ll be there to help you every step of the way, talking you through what will happen so you feel as comfortable as possible.

    • Who Can I Make A Claim Against?
    • If your injury is the result of someone else’s negligence, we could help you make a claim. We could help you make a claim against:

      • Building owners (where the building has public access)
      • Councils
      • Local authorities
      • Other persons or organisations responsible for public pathways

      You can also make a claim on behalf of someone else who is unable to do so themselves. If your loved one died as the result of an accident, you could still make a claim on their behalf. Similarly, you could pursue a claim on behalf of a child, or for an individual who doesn’t have the mental capacity to do so themselves. Compensation can help pay for rehabilitation and medical treatment. In cases of fatality, it can still provide some much needed financial support for any dependents left behind, and can help you access therapy and support to cope with the loss of your loved one.

      To find out more about how we could help you, contact us on 0800 056 4110.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • You normally have to make a personal injury claim within three years of your accident, so you should contact us as soon as possible. By getting in touch with us shortly after your accident, it can make collecting evidence a little easier as there are often fewer problems finding witnesses whose statements we need to support your case.

      There are some exceptions to the three year time limit, including:

      • Claims on behalf of children – these can be made at any point before their 18th birthday. When the child reaches 18, they can make their own claim at any stage up until they turn 21.
      • Mental capacity – there are no time limits to make a claim on behalf of someone who doesn’t have the ability to handle their own case.
      • Fatal claims – to make a claim on behalf of your loved one, you’ll have three years from the date they died to make a claim. If a post-mortem found that the death was caused by an accident or illness, you have three years from the point at which you discovered these findings.

      If you would like to make a personal injury claim, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible so we can start work on your case. Call us today on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation to discuss your situation.

    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case we’ll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be better options to fund your claim. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we’ll explain the process clearly. This involves setting up an insurance policy that will protect you, at no cost to you. You’ll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.


    • Meet Our Team
    • We have experienced solicitors based across the country who specialise in helping people claim compensation for injuries caused by trips and slips and falling from heights. We understand the issues that you and your loved ones may be facing, and we can answer all of your questions in plain English.

      Our personal injury lawyers know what it takes to get you the compensation you deserve. We have a proven track record of success in this area and have secured our clients more than £1 billion in compensation over the last two years.

      Meet our personal injury experts


I would be so pleased to always recommend Irwin Mitchell to anyone who had a legal case that they needed help with.”

Karen, client
Karen, client

Frequently Asked Questions

How Serious Does The Fall Need To Be For Me To Make A Claim?

Although a slip or a trip might seem like a minor incident, it should not be taken lightly. Injuries caused by falling over can be serious if they last for a few weeks or more. Examples might include:

  • Sprained wrist or ankle
  • Torn ligaments
  • Broken bones
  • Pulled muscles
  • Bruises or scrapes

Even mild injuries can have a serious effect on your day to day life. You might have to take time off work to recover or get extra support to help you with everyday things: it can be debilitating, costly, and time-consuming.

Our personal injury experts can advise you on your rights. Call us today on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation to discuss your situation.

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Who Is Responsible For Slips and Trips?

Publicly maintained spaces and buildings with public access must be safe for anyone using them. Councils, local authorities and building owners all have a duty of care to the general public. If you’ve injured yourself because the proper safety precautions weren’t in place or surfaces weren’t properly maintained, you could be able to claim compensation.

Common examples of negligence include:

  • Loose pavement slabs or uneven surfaces
  • No guardrails or markings to prevent falls from elevated surfaces
  • Slippery surfaces insufficiently gritted in icy conditions

It can be easy to think a trip or a fall is your fault, but you shouldn’t assume that you’re to blame as that may not be the case. Our personal injury lawyers have helped secure compensation for thousands of people whose accident was due to someone else’s negligence.

If you would like to find out more about making a claim, contact us free on 0800 056 4110.

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How Much Compensation Can I Expect?

There is no set amount of compensation you will receive for making a slip, trip or fall claim. The final settlement will depend on a variety of factors, including:

  • The severity of your injuries
  • How much time you have to take off work
  • Loss of earning potential in the future
  • Medical treatment or corrective surgery you may need
  • Rehabilitation costs – such as physiotherapy
  • If you have any dependants to support

Whatever the circumstances of your case, we will work hard to ensure the compensation reflects not only your immediate pain and suffering in the short-term, but also the long-term consequences of your accident. If the accident affects your ability to work or means you can no longer do the type of work you previously did, this will have a considerable impact on your life in the future.

We take time to get to know our clients, striving to make sure they get the compensation they deserve and the support they need to make the best recovery possible.

Contact us online today for a free initial consultation.

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We know how important rehabilitation is.

Our personal injury solicitors work closely with rehabilitation specialists to ensure that our clients receive the support they need.

We want you to have the best possible quality of life after your claim, and we’ll make sure that you have access to advice, care and therapies to achieve this.

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