The terms slip, trip, and fall claims are referring to injuries that are received when a person slips, trips or falls and becomes injured, but the important aspect of these terms is that the injured party wasn’t at fault and it was because somebody else was negligent that the injury happened.
Many times we have accidents of this nature because we are clumsy. There are times when we have accidents like this because the place where we were had something wrong that caused it to be unsafe.
When you are injured from an accident of this nature because there was something wrong with where you were and you were not made aware of it, you have the right under the law to file a slip, trip, or fall claim to compensate you for your injuries.
What Do Slip, Trip, And Fall Claims Cover?
Slip trip, and fall claims can cover a long list of injuries, and personal losses you might encounter due to the accident. Some of the most commonly reported loses that a solicitor will address the court with are:
- Personal bodily injuries.
- Bodily injuries that may continue throughout your life; ie… back injuries, spinal injuries, neck injuries.
- Loss of wages do to time off of work.
- Cost of medical evaluation and treatment. This includes medications you might need, and special medical equipment you might require; i.e.…. Crutches, wheelchairs, braces, canes, and more.
Is There A Time Limit For Filing Slip, Trip, And Fall Claims?
If you are injured in a slip, trip, or fall then you should report that incident as quickly as possible. There are time limitations that apply to these types of accidents of 3 years, unless special circumstances apply. A solicitor can explain this to you and will be able to help you file all of the proper paper work before the time limits expire.
Information You Need To Prove Slip, Trip, And Fall Claims
Before you go to see a solicitor about your accident you need to gather the proper documentation to carry with you. This documentation will help the solicitor to judge your case, and to present your case to the court if necessary.
- The complete details of the incident. The date, the time, where the incident occurred, and what you were doing just prior to the time of the fall, and immediately after the fall.
- The names and contact information of anyone that witnessed the accident.
- The names and contact information of anyone you have spoken to about the accident; i.e.… insurance company representatives.
- Information regarding any medical treatment you sought after the accident. You may have to sign a waiver allowing the solicitor to have access to all of your medical information.
- Receipts proving any expenses you have incurred since the accident.
- Proof that you have lost wages due to the accident. This may include proof of employment and the solicitor may need to contact your employer.
How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Solicito?
In the majority of cases you can find a solicitor who will take their fee from your compensation and will be done so on a “No Win No Fee” agreement. Prior to siging any documentation make certain you understand precisely what fees will be taken, and what charges may apply. Some solicitors may add insurance cover and other charges that you may not be aware of and that you may not need.
The total amount that you might have to pay a solicitor if your claim isn’t taken on by a “No Win No Fee” agreement could be determined by several factors. These factors include how complicated your case is. This determines the amount of time the solicitor and their staff will have to invest in your case.
If the person responsible for your injury accepts their responsibility this time period will be less because the claim will be settled out of court. If the responsible party denies liability for your injuries then the case will have to go before the court and that makes it more complicated.
Most solicitors offer a free consultation to any potential slip, trip, and fall claims. During the free consultation visit the solicitor will determine if you have enough substantial proof to proceed with your claim.
During this consultation visit you will also be able to interview the solicitor and determine if you want them to represent you. You should feel comfortable with the solicitor and their staff. You should feel confident in the responses they give to your inquiries. You should feel assured that they have your best interest at heart.
At the end of the consultation the solicitor will be able to explain what you can expect to happen, and the amount of monetary compensation they will request on your behalf. They will also explain how much they will charge for their representation, and the means of payment they accept.