Whether you are clumsy or coordinated, everyone has taken a tumble at some point in their lives. Tripping and falling can be embarrassing in a public place, but did you know that the fault might not lie with you? You can claim compensation for personal injury in many ‘slip and fall’ accidents.
When can you claim for a ‘slip and fall’ personal injury?
It is a legal requirement that you take reasonable and appropriate care of yourself when on the premises of another. It is also required that the person in charge of the premises takes the same care in preventing others from harm. In public premises, the local municipality and government are responsible for any personal injuries on the premises. On private property, the responsibility lies with the business or property owner. A successful claim is largely dependent on whether the injury was caused by the owner’s negligence or the injured person’s negligence. For example, if you slipped and injured yourself on a wet floor, was there a sign saying “caution: wet floor”? If there was a warning sign that you ignored, you may be at fault. If there was no warning, the owner did not take the appropriate measures to ensure your safety, and may be liable.
What should you do after a ‘slip and fall’ personal injury?
Immediately after a personal injury accident, you should collect the details of the owner of the premises where you were injured. You should also collect the details of any witnesses, photographs of the area and what caused the accident, and medical documents proving your injury. Then, contact a legal representative of the business or premise owner to find out if they have insurance for personal injury claims. It is recommended that you also find a legal representative for yourself if you need any assistance with making a claim. Contact Paul du Plessis Attorneys for professional and affordable legal assistance with personal injury claims. We acknowledge that this may be a trying time, and we aim to ensure that you can make a full recovery.