If you have been injured in a slip, trip or fall, in public or in private, any time in the last three years and someone else was to blame, you may be owed compensation.
Whether your injuries are relatively minor or much more serious, they can have a significant impact on your health, wellbeing, career and general life. Getting the compensation you deserve can make all the difference, helping you to access the very best treatment and care, as well as assisting in other ways, such as replacing lost income.
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Get expert help to claim slip, trip or fall compensation
David W Harris & Co are specialist personal injury lawyers in South Wales with decades of experience helping people to claim slip, trip and fall compensation.
We have assisted clients with claims against councils and local authorities, as well as private businesses, schools and a wide range of other organisations and individuals.
Our goal is to get every client the maximum available compensation for their injuries and the impact on their life, while keeping the claims process simple and stress-free.
Our experience with slip, trip and fall claims
Our personal injury lawyers in South Wales can help with many types of claims, including:
- Slips, trips and fall in public
- Slips, trips and falls at work
- Slips, trips and falls abroad
- Tripping on uneven pavements
- Falling down stairs
- Falls from height
- Fatal falling accidents
- Brain injuries due to a slip, trip or fall
- Spinal injuries due to a slip, trip or fall
We regularly secure compensation in the £1,000-£500,000 range and recently won a £14million settlement for one of our clients. To find out how much compensation you could receive for your own injury, you can use our personal injury calculator.
We offer no win, no fee slip, trip and fall claims funding, so there is usually no upfront cost or financial risk in pursuing a claim with David W Harris & Co.
Get a free first consultation with our slip, trip and fall solicitors in South Wales
Unsure if you are entitled to compensation for a slip, trip or fall, or just want to know more about how the claims process works?
We offer a free first consultation to answer your questions and help you decide whether you wish to pursue a slip, trip or fall compensation claim.
Please use our simple online enquiry form to book a free initial chat with our team. There will be no obligation to take things further unless you wish to do so.
Why use David W Harris & Co. for your slip, trip or fall claim?
There are numerous reasons to work with our expert personal injury solicitors, including:
- No win, no fee funding for slip, trip and fall claims
- Millions of pounds in compensation recovered for our clients over the last 35 years
- Our expertise is independently recognised:
- We cover the whole of South Wales with offices in Pontypridd, Talbot Green and Swansea – home visits can also be arranged where appropriate
- Most slip, trip and fall claims we handle are settled out of court, saving you time, legal costs and stress
- We have a strong track record of securing maximum slip, trip and fall compensation for our clients
Find out more about our personal injury claims expertise.
Slip, trip and falls claims fees and funding
No win, no fee road traffic accident claims
Most slip, trip and fall claims we handle are funded on a no win, no fee basis. This is also referred to as a ‘Conditional Fee Agreement’.
Making a no win, no fee slip, trip or fall claim means you don’t have to pay us anything upfront to start a claim and our fees will only be applied following a successful claim. If we don’t win compensation for you, you won’t owe us anything, so there is no financial risk if you fund a claim this way.
Find out more about no win, no fee personal injury claims funding.
Trade union funding for slips, trips and falls at work
For a slip, trip or fall that happened at work, you may be able to get trade union funding for your claim, if you are a member of a trade union.
Legal expenses insurance for slip, trip and fall claims
You may be able to fund some or all of your legal costs with legal expenses insurance if you have the appropriate cover. This is often included as an optional extra with car insurance and home insurance.
We will be happy to discuss the different options for funding a slip, trip or fall claim with you during your initial consultation with our team.
Common questions about slip, trip and fall claims
Is there a time limit to claim compensation for a slip, trip or fall?
Normally, you have three years to make a compensation claim following a slip, trip or fall, but exactly how long you have will depends on the circumstances, so the actual time limit may be longer.
A key point to recognise is that the standard three-year time limit is counted from the ‘date of knowledge’, rather than the date when the accident occurred. The date of knowledge is the date on which you knew you were injured and someone else was at fault. This can therefore be weeks, months or even years after the actual accident occurred.
Different time limits also apply if the injured party was under 18 or does not have the mental capacity to claim (e.g. if they suffered a serious brain injury in the accident).
Head over to our personal injury claims page to find out more about time limits for personal injury claims.
How much can you claim for a slip, trip or fall?
This is a critical question to ask and the answer will depend on the severity of your injuries and what impact they are having on your life. We will be happy to provide guidance on the potential level of damages during your initial consultation with our personal injury solicitors.
Another factor that may affect the level of compensation available is whether you are held to be partially responsible for the accident (see ‘Can you claim compensation for a slip, trip or fall that was partly your fault?’ below). This can mean you would only receive a percentage of the total compensation available if you were entirely blameless.
In general, slip, trip and fall compensation can cover:
- Financial losses due to your injuries – including lost wages, the cost of paying for treatment, specialist equipment etc.
- Expected future financial losses – e.g. reduction in your future earning potential, the need to pay for ongoing care etc.
- Loss of amenity – i.e. no longer being able to carry out activities you previously could, such as driving, playing sport etc.
- Pain and suffering – for your physical and emotional pain.
Who can I claim compensation from for a slip, trip or fall?
This will depend on where the accident occurred, but ultimately, it will be the party that was legally responsible for providing a safe environment. This could be your council or other local authority, a private business, a school, university or other public institution, or it could be a private individual.
Our team can help you to identify the responsible party so you know who you need to make a claim against.
Can you claim compensation for a slip, trip or fall that was partly your fault?
Even if you were partly to blame for your accident, as long as someone else was also partly to blame, you should still be able to claim compensation for a slip, trip or fall.
Exactly how much you can claim will depend on the level of responsibility each party is considered to have for the accident. For example, if you and the other party are held to be equally responsible for the accident (i.e. a 50:50 split of the blame) you would normally be entitled to half (50%) of the damages that would be available if the other party was entirely at fault and you were blameless.
What to do next about starting a slip, trip or fall claim
Simply use our short online enquiry form to tell us you would like to speak to a member of our personal injury team about a potential slip, trip or fall claim and we will be in touch promptly.