People slipping on liquids or tripping over defective ground are a very common reason for suffering personal injury in Ireland.
Health and Safety Authority (HSA) statistics tell us that for every working day seven people in Ireland are injured in workplace from slips, trips and falls and that they account for the second highest cause of workplace injuries.
The Public Perception of Slips, Trips and Falls
Some people may inherently consider these type of accidents to be funny and this perception can act as an obstacle to injured people obtaining compensation they are legally entitled as a consequence of somebody else’s negligence. We are not concerned with the way slips, trips and falls are perceived in Irish society, however, what we do in fact care about is working for people injured through no fault of their own to help them get back to normal life with the compensation they are legally entitled to.
Causes for Slips, Trips and Falls
Causes for these types of injuries include wet surfaces, stairs and steps, particularly when a person is descending, exiting vehicles and there is some contaminant on the ground causing the person to lose their footing, defective ground or step causing a person to trip and fall, poor cleaning of the ground which contributes to a person slipping.
The Local Authorities (County Councils) in Ireland are responsible for the proper upkeep and maintenance of footpaths and roads in public spaces and they have a duty not to repair negligently so as to leave a trap for a member of the public to fall. In the workplace the employer has obligations under Health, Safety and Welfare law to ensure that there is a safe means of access and exit of the workplace, that the flooring is properly tested and safe, that maintenance and cleaning is carried out and that work areas and floors have no dangers, nor any slip risk.
Compensation can be paid for the following:
- Compensation for your pain, past, present and future
- Loss of earnings both past and into the future
- Medical treatment expenses such as physiotherapy or surgical procedures and consultant fees
- Prescription costs
- Travel expenses
- Loss of pension entitlements
Our personal injury compensation claims solicitors
If you have suffered injury from a slip, trip or fall you may be able to make a claim for compensation. It is important you seek advice as soon as possible to protect your legal rights. We believe in putting you our client first and we are committed to achieving the best result possible while all the time remaining sensitive to your needs. Please feel free to reach out to us below and will be pleased to discuss your case and offer no obligation advice.