Trips and Slips Checklist

  • Report the accident to the Local Authority/ Organisation/ Company/ Landlord responsible for the Footpath/ Highway/ Private Land, Building, or Area in question. It is preferable that the incident is logged in an Accident Report Book, if there is an Accident Report Book facility procedure available.

    Always obtain a copy of the Accident Report Form/ Incident Log Entry

If there is not an Accident Report Book available, please ensure that you ascertain the details of the person that you have logged the incident with and obtain the details of the authoritive position of this person within the organisation.

  • Obtain the details of any Witnesses who saw the accident or the defect.
  • **Always ensure that the details of Witnesses that saw the accident are recorded in any Accident Report Form or Police Incident log.
  • ** Your Witnesses may be reluctant to provide evidence to assist with your claim at later intervals. Obtaining the Witness details and Witness cooperation at early stages can be helpful to even compell them to provide evidence at later stages of a claim, could the Witness(s) later become hostile and reluctant at future intervals. In any event, obtaining the Witness Evidence early can deter Insurers from defending a claim and assist an earlier settlement of claims.
  • Always obtain a full name, address, daytime and evening telephone number(s), email address. Always try to ascertain how and when the Witness would like to be contacted, to ensure that they can be contacted at the ease of their convenience
  • Have you, if the Police attended the accident, taken a note of the attending officer(s) name/badge/police station and/or the log/ crime number? **If you did not call the Police, you can still log the incident now, especially if Police enquiries are necessary.
  • Take good photographs of the defective area, before the defective area is rectified or repaired and wherever possible illustrate the dates of the defect with photographs that you can date digitally or even manually yourself.

Tips for photographs

You should always place a ruler or a coin on or nearest to the defect, to illustrate the size/depth of the defective area. You could also put an obvious object next to the defect to illustrate the reflective size of the defect. This provides practical prospective to demonstrate the nature of the defect.

Were you injured as a result of the accident?

Did you seek medical assistance for any injuries sustained by yourself or anyone else that was travelling in the vehicle at the time from your local Accident and Emergency, General Practitioner or medical walk in centre?

Take regular photographs of any visible injuries that you have sustained i.e. bruising and scars?

Always retain any torn, damaged, ripped and/or broken footwear to keep this as evidence to help to illustrate the mechanics of the incident circumstances and the nature of your injury.

It is a good idea to keep a diary of your symptoms and the progress of your symptoms.

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Law Connect Solicitors are highly Experienced and Speacialists in handling claims that involve tripping and slipping on:

  • Public footpaths and pavements
  • Stairs
  • Private Land
  • Other public areas eg. shopping malls, airports, gyms, hospitals, public toilets etc.

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