Slip and Trip Claims

A slip or trip can occur anywhere; on the street due to defects in the pavement, in shops or supermarkets due to wet floors or in the workplace due to loose carpeting or exposed wires. The personal injury team at JMW handles many slip and trip claims every year. We have your best interests at heart and will work hard to get you the compensation you are entitled to.

If you have had a slip, trip or fall in the last three years that was a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. To find out if you are eligible to make a claim, simply call our experts on 0800 054 6570 or fill in our online form and we will get back to you.

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Slip and Trip Claims In Depth

It is reasonable to expect that any place you enter will be free of slipping and tripping hazards. Organisations must have policies in place to reduce the risk of slips and trips to employees working on their premises, while companies experiencing regular visits from the public, such as shops, restaurants and bars, must legally follow health and safety guidelines to prevent customers suffering a slip or trip while on the premises. Likewise, local councils are obliged to take adequate precautions to ensure that pavements and roads in their area are free of tripping hazards. 

If these procedures are not followed and an accident occurs as a result of someone else’s negligence, the injured party is entitled to make a claim. JMW’s personal injury law experts are here to help make compensation claims for accidents that have occurred due to trips, slips or falls.

The most common causes of slips, trips and falls include:

  • Spillages
  • Poorly maintained pavements
  • Potholes
  • Obstructed walkways
  • Poorly fitted carpets
  • Exposed wiring

Slip and Trip Accidents in Supermarkets

Slip and trip accidents occur in supermarkets because of the various hazards that lead to a customer or employer hurting themselves. Accidents of this type can include:

  • Slipping on a wet floor
  • Falling over boxes, equipment left in the aisle or other obstacles
  • Slipping on food or packets
  • Tripping on damaged flooring

It is the supermarket’s responsibility to keep customers and workers safe by minimising the risk of an accident taking place. If you have been injured in a supermarket due to their failure to manage the risk of injury to you, you will be entitled to compensation and should speak to a solicitor as soon as possible.

Slip and Trip Accidents in Public Places

Public places are areas intended for use by the general public, such as parks, pubs and restaurants, gyms and car parks. There are a range of reasons why accidents may take place in these spaces, more so if they are busy, but it is the owner’s or city council’s responsibility to prevent these from happening.  

If you have suffered an accident in a place open to the public, you can make a claim for compensation against the occupier’s public liability insurance.


  1. How Much Compensation Could I Receive?

    The amount of compensation awarded for a slip or trip is determined by the severity of your injuries, how quickly you recover and any financial losses you may have incurred as a result of your injury. For this reason, it is difficult to determine exactly how much compensation you will receive until we have all of this information and have assessed it. However, our interactive compensation calculator will help you get an idea of how much your claim could be worth.

  2. What Should I Do After a Slip or Trip?

    There are certain steps you should take following a slip or trip accident that could benefit you, if you are going to make a claim. First and foremost, you should report the incident to a member of staff or the owner of the premises at the time of the accident, ensuring they record what has happened in the accident book.

    If you are able to do so, you should collect the names and contact details of any witnesses to your accident and take photographs of where the injury took place.

    You should also keep receipts of any financial outlays you’ve had to make as a result of the accident, so that these can be included as part of your claim. Keeping receipts will help to demonstrate your outlays and strengthen your claim for them, however, you are still able to seek compensation for financial expenses if you are not able to provide receipts.

Why Choose JMW?

Our solicitors have successfully claimed slip and trip compensation from various organisations and local authorities from across the country for more than 30 years, placing us as the perfect law firm to handle your case. We know exactly what it takes to be successful with these types of claims and part of this is creating a close working relationship with you. We are confident that you will be happy with our service.

Once your claim begins, we promise that you will receive honest, straightforward advice from us; advice that will help you to understand how your case is progressing. 

We work on a no win, no fee basis, which means you are protected from all legal costs if your case is not successful.

Case Studies
  • Shoulder Fracture and Psychological Issues Due to Poorly Maintained Gate - £7,000

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  • Serious Multiple Fractures Due to Trip at Work in a Care Home - £82,500

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  • Broken Elbow Due to Slip on Steps at the Beach - £13,500

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  • Trip in Supermarket Car Park - £13,730

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  • Broken Wrist and Facial Bruising Following a Trip Over Wires in the Street - £14,000

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  • Broken Left Wrist After Fall at Petrol Station - £15,500

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  • Fall Over Missing Paving - £26,500

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  • Soft Tissue Knee Injuries After Slip From a Wooden Decking Walkway at a Golf Club - £3,300

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  • Fractured Right Foot After Falling at the Shops - £7,00

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  • Strained Ligaments Due to Slip at Supermarket - £2,750

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  • Wrist and Arm Fractures After Fall Over Road Pothole at Traffic Lights £13,000

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  • Multiple Injuries After Tripping Over a Raised Kerbstone - £17,000

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  • Torn Ankle Ligaments Following Fall Over a Pothole in a Park - £3,000

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  • Fall Due to Faulty Gate - £5,500

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Talk to Us

To speak to a solicitor about a slip, trip or fall you have had in the last three years, call us now on 0800 054 6570 to get your claim underway. Alternatively, complete our online contact form and an expert from the personal injury department will be in touch shortly.

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