A 31 year old from Birmingham made a public liability claim following an accident at a wedding; he contacted Oakwood Solicitors who deal with many compensation claims for a slip trip or fall in the UK.

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Mr S was at a wedding when he slipped on an electric cable and hurt his nose. The accident wasn?t his fault as it wasn?t his responsibility to ensure that the cables were put in a safe place away from areas where they presented a health and safety hazard.

In the past figures have shown that slip trip and fall incidents in the workplace have cost 40 workers their lives in one year. Also in a year over 15000 major injuries to workers have been caused by slips trips and falls and over 30000 workers have taken more than three days off work. It is estimated that the cost to society each year for slips trips and falls is around £800 million. Health and Safety Executive figures show that slips and trips are the most common cause of major injuries in the work place in Great Britain. Most workplace deaths are caused by falls from height.

Every occupier of land or buildings has a duty of care to the general public who visit them. It can be a home shop office train bus park or factory.

Public liability is when someone hurts themselves because a third party has neglected this duty. If you can show that the third party which is the person or organization responsible for maintaining the property or outside space has been negligent you can make a public liability claim.

You may even be able to claim if you had an accident in a private home if the householder or landlord was responsible for your accident e.g. badly-lit steps or falling roof tile.

Compensation for a slip trip or fall in the UK either at work or in a public place is an area in which Oakwood have a vast expertise and they proceeded with his claim on a no win no fee basis. Mr S received ?1100.00 for his injury. The client always receives 100% of the compensation he is awarded. Oakwood doesn?t ask for any money up front and they work very hard to reach a settlement for their clients as quickly as possible.

Compensation is awarded for pain suffering and loss of amenity. Loss of amenity covers things such as not being able to continue a hobby continue a chosen career or carry out domestic tasks. Special damages can include part of your claim for example lost wages travelling expenses (e.g. for attending medical appointments) prescriptions private medical treatment the cost of repairing or replacing damaged property (including your car) the cost of private care or the equivalent value of care given by family members. This part of your claim can run into £1000s if you have been unable to go to work.

If you would like to pursue compensation for a slip trip or fall in the UK call Oakwood on: 0844 499 9302.

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