We all slip over now and again, most of the time this is caused
from our own incompetence or simply because we are not paying
attention. In these situations, all we can do is dust ourselves
down and keep on walking.
However, it is not always our fault. Walking along public roads
or pathways, it is reasonable to expect a safe surface to walk on,
but unfortunately this is not always the case. Local authorities
can find it difficult to check and maintain safety on all public
roads and pathways, which can sometimes lead to accidents of people
tripping on uneven ground, cracks in the roads, potholes and many
other dangerous conditions. In situations like this, you may be
eligible to claim compensation.
What do I need to make a strong claim?
Evidence, evidence, evidence. Obviously the first thing
you should do is seek medical attention, as your health is the most
important thing. Once you have done this, it is imperative
to collate as much evidence you can as possible.
The three most important items that will strengthen your case
Photos of the area in
which you fell.
Witness statements and their
Report from police / medical
staff (either at the scene or from the hospital).
In addition to this, make sure you write a description of what
happened as soon as possible, as in these traumatic situations,
victims can sometimes suffer memory lapses or remember the specific
details in a different way. Whilst these are the most important
parts of evidence to obtain, it does not stop there. Collate
anything and everything that you think may be useful, then our
personal injury lawyers will go through the entire information dig
out what is relevant. Among other investigations and searches, we
will contact the local authorities to see if there was any CCTV
footage of you having the fall, as this will again strengthen your
What will slip and fall lawyers do for me in these cases?
As is standard with any personal injury case, to be successful
in your claim, you must show that the counterparty was at fault.
The local authority has a duty to ensure that all roads and
footpaths are "safe"; however, the difficulty comes in
proving that the area was unsafe as there is no legal definition of
what 'safe' is.
This is where the help of an experienced slip
and fall lawyers will help you. Our slip and fall lawyers
have dealt with a huge number of these cases, so are better placed
that almost anyone to identify what is "safe" when it
comes to public roads and pathways.
Boccadutri is an experienced slip and
falllaw firm that can
determine whether liability may exist in a particular case and help
an injured person recover damages for lost wages, medical bills,
and pain and suffering. We work on a "no win no fee"
basis which means that we only get paid if we are successful in
reaching a financial settlement in your favour. We take a
percentage of the final compensation amount awarded to you, so we
will only be paid at the end of the matter.
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guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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