There are countless ways in which one person’s negligence can cause another to trip, slip, fall, be fallen on or otherwise suffer personal injury.
The main categories are:
Pedestrian highway injury claim
Local Councils owe a statutory duty to keep pavements in repair. Where they fail to do so and the pavement becomes dangerous they may be liable to a person who falls over a pavement defect and sustains injury.
These cases can be difficult to win because councils can often rely on the defence that they had a proper inspection and repair system. It is very important that the injured person takes photographs of the defect and contacts witnesses as soon as possible.
Slip and trip claims in other public places
Shops, restaurants, bars, cinemas, schools and nurseries, sporting and other events, communal parts of residential buildings. The list is almost endless but the point is that if a person or organisation invites another person onto his land or to his event then he owes that other person a duty to take reasonable steps to prevent him suffering injury. This is not an absolute duty and no-one is liable for a pure accident or another person’s misadventure.
Below are slip and trip claims Osbornes have won in this area: