Slips, trips and falls are very common injuries that can have long-term effects on your health and wellbeing. Whether it is from uneven paving stones, broken tarmac or spilt liquids on the ground, there are many different reasons why people may encounter such an accident.
Often, a fall can be caused by negligence on the part of another person as well, so it’s important to know your rights if you have been injured through a fall. These accidents can create long-term health issues, so make sure to think about seeking a financial settlement.
These accidents are also costly, with the NSW Falls Prevention Program stating that: “no other single cause of injury, including road trauma, costs the health system more than falls.”
If you have suffered a fall on private property, the first thing you should do is seek medical treatment for your injuries. Once you have received medical attention, there are a number of other things you can do that will help should you choose to pursue legal compensation.
Steps to take after a fall
As soon as you can, you should return to the scene and photograph the site. It is also important to get the contact information of anyone who might have witnessed the fall, as witnesses will help to support your bid for compensation.
Once you have this information, it is important to contact public liability lawyers promptly as they will be able to advise on whether you have a valid claim for compensation and what further evidence might be required.
How is responsibility determined after a fall?
To be successful in your claim for compensation following a fall on private property, you will need to prove negligence on the part of the property owner. This means that whatever caused the slip must have been created by the property owner and that they didn’t take the proper steps to remove the hazard.
Alternatively, it is possible to prove that a trip hazard that was not caused by the property owner was still their responsibility. If the risk was present for a long time, the owner may have acted negligently by not correcting the issue prior to your accident.
To give you the best chance of success, make sure to discuss your case with public liability lawyers today. Choosing one with a no-win, no-fee offer can also help – this means the costs of settling your case are assumed by your lawyer and are then deducted from the final settlement when successful. This can give you peace of mind that you won’t be left out of pocket after a serious fall.
— PK Simpson InjuryLaw (@PK_SimpsonAU) June 28, 2017