Slip & Fall Claim Lawyers

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Unfortunately slips, trips and falls in public spaces are an all too familiar occurrence. As these are considered public liability claims, the focus of Henry Carus + Associates is to start by understanding the details of the accident to give us the best chance of converting it into a very successful compensation claim.

As always, we aim to leave no stone unturned, so our comprehensive approach begins with us collating the information we need on how the accident happened, how and if it was reported, and if there were there any witnesses.

Once we are confident we can win the case based on public liability law, we then assess the extent of the client’s injuries by obtaining all relevant medical evidence.

If we believe we can demonstrate both liability and that you have suffered a significant injury, we can then proceed with the claim.

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Slip, Trip And Fall Accidents Can Be Avoided – Here’s How

Falls in public places are not an inevitable part of life. Many of these accidents could be eliminated if the people responsible for maintaining properties took proper steps to keep their facilities reasonably safe.

The law puts a duty on the owners and occupiers of public places to eliminate unreasonably dangerous hazards that could cause someone to slip, trip or fall.

Some examples of common slip, trip and fall hazards – and possible fixes – include:

  • The floors in the lobby of an office building become slick with rainwater brought in by workers and visitors. Placing absorbent doormats at the entry and having janitors mop up the puddles could prevent someone from slipping on the wet floor.
  • A step in a dimly lit bar causes patrons to trip. This hazard could be avoided by marking the step with lights, a sign or some other measure that would call attention to it.
  • Uneven pavement in a footpath in front of a shop causes shoppers to stumble. Those responsible for maintaining the paths should monitor their condition and make prompt repairs. Damaged pavement should be marked with signs or other warnings until repairs can be made.
  • The deck around a hotel’s swimming pool becomes very slippery when water is splashed from the pool. The hotel owners could install friction strips that would give pedestrians surer footing on the deck.
  • A wooden step that leads to the upper level of an apartment building has become rotten and loose, posing a fall hazard The owners of the building should monitor the condition of all walkways and make repairs as soon as possible.
  • Displays of merchandise in a department store block the aisles and pose a trip hazard. Store managers should make sure that customers can safely navigate the store without stumbling over clutter.

These are just a few examples of the many ways in which a slip, trip or fall accident can happen in a public place in Victoria – and the ways in which such accidents could be avoided.

The key to avoiding slip, trip and fall accidents typically involves those responsible for the property taking reasonable steps to monitor the facilities and address unreasonable hazards before someone gets hurt.

Who’s Responsible For Slip, Trip And Fall Injuries In Victoria?

Individuals, companies, government agencies and others who own or control public places may be held responsible for slip, trip or fall accidents that result from their negligence, or failure to maintain reasonably safe conditions.

Most of the time, it is the responsible party’s insurer that actually pays the claim.

Success Stories

Jennifer came to us after she had a fall outside of a hotel she visited regularly. Jennifer’s injury occurred as she was leaving the hotel via a pedestrian ramp. As a result of her injury Jennifer had to have surgery to her knee. After her injury Jennifer could not take care of her grandchildren or enjoy her retirement activities – both of which she had been doing prior to…

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Benefits Available To Slip, Trip And Fall Victims In Victoria

Victims of a slip, trip or fall accident in a public place that was caused by someone else’s negligence may be entitled to a range of compensation, such as:

Compensation and Benefits You Deserve
  • Hospital bills and other medical expenses, including future costs
  • Wages you are unable to earn due to work absences caused by your injuries, both past and future
  • The pain, suffering and lost enjoyment of life you endured due to the accident
  • The cost of hiring help to assist you with tasks at home that you are unable to perform because of your injuries

Estimated Timeline To Get Compensation After A Slip And Fall Accident

Henry Carus Personal Injury Lawyer in Victoria The legal team at Henry Carus + Associates wastes no time getting to work on our clients’ personal injury claims. For us, early evidence is key to the success of a these types of cases. So right from the start we’ll devote a large amount of time to investigating the accident and, more often than not, we will visit the accident site so we can better understand the cause of the accident.

We also take a careful and detailed statement from the client and from all witnesses as soon as possible in a bid to increase the chance of recall accuracy.

Once we have this vital evidence in our hands, we have a solid base from which we can launch a successful case.

Our first priority is always to make sure that our client receives proper treatment for the injuries suffered in the accident. Once the client’s injuries have stabilised, we typically ask a doctor to determine the degree of our client’s permanent impairments and ask the doctor to provide us with a Wrongs Act Certificate. This certificate confirms that a person has suffered an injury of greater than 5% “Whole Person Impairment”

After gathering all medical, ambulance, hospital and GP records in order to establish the extent of our client’s injuries, we can then put a claim to the responsible parties and forcefully pursue the maximum compensation our client deserves.

The Henry Carus + Associates Difference

For us, early evidence is key to the success of a these types of cases. So right from the start we’ll devote a large amount of time investigating the accident and, more often than not, we will attend the accident site so we can better understand the cause of the accident.

Indeed, with more than 30 years of public liability experience we know the strength of a claim – and its outcome – depends greatly on what is seen and understood by visiting the accident site. Photos alone never are sufficient to us. Once we have this vital evidence in our hands, we have a solid base from which we can launch a successful case.
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