04 Dec Claiming for slips, trips and falls
Thousands of personal injuries occur in Ireland every year due to slips, trips and falls in public places. When the accident is due to no fault of your own and clearly due to the negligence of a third party who had legal duty of care toward you, Ferrys Solicitors LLP Personal Injury and Accident Solicitors can help with your public liability claim.
For example if you experience a fall as a result of slippery floors in a supermarket, the owner of the business or property would have a duty of care to keep the area safe. In this case, you would be able to make a claim against the owner and occupier of the premises under the Occupier’s Liability Act.
In any case, there is no automatic right to compensation and you must be able to prove that a business or person had a duty of care and were negligent.
If you would like more information about Accidents in Public Places, please visit our dedicated page here.
Can you claim compensation for a slip or fall on ice or snow?
As the temperatures drop in winter months, ice, black ice and snow forms on pavements and other public areas leading to more accidents in public places. If you suffer a personal injury as a result of such conditions in a public place you may make a claim. To begin this case you must be able to identify who was at fault.
An example would be making a claim against a local council or local authority if you have been injured to due a slip or fall on the pavement. In this example case, the local authority would have had a duty of care to maintain the area, and keep it clear of ice by applying grit to the pavement or footpath. However these claims can be difficult to prove due to the resources of the local authorities, so cases are often more successful in busy areas such as in a city or town centre, than in a quiet residential area.