Slips, Trips & Falls

Have you ever slipped or fallen over and felt that it really wasn’t your fault? Everyday carelessness or lack of attention is often the cause of personal accidents, but frequently an accident can occur when someone else has failed to take reasonable care to make their property safe. If this happens to you, you may be entitled to make a case for redress.

Public Places

Many trips and falls occur on public streets or roadways because of the negligent manner in which a road or footpath has been constructed or repaired.

Can I Bring A Case For My Fall?

Negligence will depend on whether

•    The Local Authority has failed in its duty to construct or repair a road, street or footpath that is safe and free from any hazards.

•    The owner of a commercial premises such as a shop or pub or one of their employees was responsible for the hazard which caused the condition that led to your accident

•    The owner of any other type of property or his/her employee knew or ought to have known about the potential hazard and did not take steps to correct it

•    The owner of a premises such as a shop or supermarket did not act reasonably to prevent accidents from occurring as a result of this hazard, such as erecting a barrier or putting clear warning signs close by.

Photographs of the scene of the accident can be very helpful.  Where possible, you should also ask that the property owner of the premises or his/her employee make a note of the fact that you have been injured in an accident.

How do I Bring A Case For A Slip, Trip or Fall?

Legally, a person is required to bring a case relating to a slip, trip or fall within specified time limits.  It is essential, therefore, that if you intend to bring a case you should consult a solicitor that specializes in this area. It is important to note that your solicitor will need details of all medical treatment and expenses relating to your injury, as well as full details of the accident and who you believe to be responsible.

At S.T. O ’Sullivan & Co. Solicitors we have the 35 years experience in managing personal injury cases and have brought hundreds of cases before The Injuries Board since its inception in 2003.

*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or a proportion of any award or settlement.


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