Slip, Trip and Fall Claims

Slips, trips and falls can sometimes be relatively minor, but in some cases, they can lead to serious injury. Many of these accidents can be avoided by landowners, employers, local authorities or councils taking the necessary steps to maintain these areas.

Whether you have fallen on uneven pavement, slipped on a wet floor or tripped on a loose paving stone, if you have been injured as the result of someone else’s negligence, or because they failed in the legal obligations they owe to you, you may be able to claim compensation.

Can I claim compensation for a slip, trip or fall?

Slips, trips or falls can happen anywhere; in the workplace, in supermarkets or on the street, and injuries vary from cuts and bruises to spinal injury and even head and brain injury.

Common examples of slips, trips and falls include:

  • Slipping on a wet floor in a supermarket
  • Tripping on uneven pavements
  • Falling off a kerb in a poorly lit area
  • Tripping on unmarked and unexpected obstacles such as boxes left on an office floor
  • As a result of faulty equipment

If you have been injured in a slip, trip or fall and you believe it was not your fault, you may be able to claim compensation. You have up to three years from the date of the accident to start a claim, however, if you are claiming on behalf of a child or someone who lacks mental capacity, you may have longer. Our specialist personal injury solicitors can advise you on this.

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Why choose Barcan+Kirby’s personal injury solicitors for my slip, trip and fall claim?

Our personal injury lawyers have proven experience in slip, trip and fall claims. We act for clients across the UK and our slip, trip and fall claims experience includes:

Our personal injury lawyers are Business Members of the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) and are listed in their guide to choosing a specialist Personal Injury Solicitor. Our team is also included in the Headway Head Injury Solicitors Directory and some team members are members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

We are recognised by Chambers and Partners UK and the Legal 500 for our personal injury expertise and hold top rankings in both.

If you have had a slip, trip or fall in a public place, our specialist team can help you to claim compensation.


In some cases, it will be obvious who is at fault for your fall. For example, if you fall at work, it is likely to be your employer who is at fault and pursued for the claim.

However, sometimes it isn’t clear; for example, if you trip on an uneven paving stone whilst walking along a high street outside a shop. In this case, it will usually be the local council if it is a public space as they have a responsibility to maintain walkways, but it may also be the shop owner as they may have responsibility and control for the section directly outside their store. Our Personal Injury team will advise you on this as part of your claim.

If you have been injured in a fall at work, you should first report the accident to your employer or whoever is responsible for the site where the accident happened. You should also log the fall in the accident book and get contact details for any witnesses. It is also a good idea to notify your workplace health and safety representative if you have one.

Once you have done this, contact our personal injury solicitors for advice on what to do next and to discuss the details of your claim.

After a slip, trip or fall, injuries can be immediately obvious, for example, a wound or sprained ankle. However, sometimes the true severity of an injury can take time to appear, e.g. internal bleeding or a spinal injury.

No matter what the severity of your injury, if you have been injured and it wasn’t your fault, you may be able to claim compensation for a fall.

As part of your slip, trip or fall claim, our personal injury solicitors will need to gather evidence to support your case.

The type of evidence we will need for your claim includes:

  • The date, time and location of your accident
  • The weather conditions at the time of your accident
  • Photos of the accident site; if you can capture inadequate lighting or the lack of warning signs, this is particularly beneficial
  • Witness statements, if applicable
  • A copy of the accident report

If your accident was serious, you may not have been able to gather much evidence; in this case, we will work with external experts to obtain evidence, e.g. CCTV.

It depends. Our personal injury solicitors can claim for the injury suffered and consider how the injuries have impacted your life. Furthermore, we can look to claim associated financial losses such as lost earnings, medical expenses, etc.

Our lawyers have years of experience, and will help you claim the appropriate compensation available for your injuries.

Yes, you can claim compensation for a slip, trip or fall on someone else’s behalf. For example, your child or a loved one who is vulnerable and lacks capacity.

If your loved one has died as the result of a fatal slip, trip or fall that wasn’t their fault, you can claim compensation on their behalf. Although nothing can take away your loss, this compensation can go towards the financial pressure you may be facing, e.g. loss of income from a partner.

Get in touch with our personal injury solicitors

If you have been injured in a slip, trip or fall that wasn’t your fault, our personal injury lawyers may be able to help you claim compensation on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. For a no-obligation chat, call our friendly team on 0117 325 2929 or fill out our online enquiry form.


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