Posted on 6th January 2016
It has recently been unseasonably mild and wet in the UK. With very poor weather comes wet and slippery floors in supermarkets, shopping centres, train stations and other public places. Whilst every effort is usually made to ensure that spillages are dealt with quickly, floor mats are put down and wet floor signs are put out, even the most diligent of occupiers cannot avoid every slipping accident.
Many people will be out in the January sales or simply enjoying their time off work by going to the cinema or eating out in restaurants. Individuals should be aware of their legal rights and what they should do if they have an accident or witness an accident.
Under the Occupiers Liability Act 1957, occupiers have a duty to ensure that lawful visitors to their premises are reasonably safe. An occupier is anyone who owns or has control over a premise and could include anything from a building site to a supermarket. Occupiers’ liability accidents, as they are commonly known by lawyers, can be wide ranging and can include customers slipping on food or a wet floor in a shop or restaurant.
The most unexpected or simplest of slipping accidents can lead to very serious injuries. I have dealt with many such claims with individuals suffering from a simple twist or sprain to an ankle, to serious back injuries as well as dislocated or broken bones. Sometimes the most minor of injuries can have serious consequences, particularly financial, if the injured person cannot travel to work which then leads to time off work and lost earnings.
If you are unfortunate enough to have an accident here are a few simple tips to follow to ensure that a claim is successful:
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