Slip Hazards - The Law of Negligence

> 26 April 2018

A common situation that we would have all witnessed in shopping centres is when there is an accidental spill of a drink, ice-cream, or anything that can create what we will refer to as a “slip hazard”.

If you are the unlucky one who comes across that slip hazard and it results in a fall and an injury, you are not automatically entitled to compensation. 

To enable a claim for personal injury to be successful, it is essential to prove that another person was responsible for the accident that caused your injury. That is, you need to establish negligence.

To prove negligence, you must show that another person, or entity, failed to uphold their duty of care. This involves various considerations including whether the incident was reasonably foreseeable.

In the case of a slip in a shopping centre, there have been various cases that have explained how negligence is to be established. Was there adequate measures taken to avoid the risk?

One of the first investigations we would suggest in these cases is to examine the cleaning records of the shopping centre. Those records can be the telling point as to whether you will have a case or not.

If you are not sure whether you have a claim, it is best to find out. We will look into that claim for you, at no charge, to determine your individual circumstances and advise you accordingly.

Contact our office for a free consultation.

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