If you've suffered personal injury as a result of slipping or falling on someone else’s property, you may be able to claim compensation.
DSC Attorneys is one of South Africa's leading personal injury law firms, and our team of attorneys has extensive experience in handling slip and fall claims.
We're committed to securing the best possible results for all our clients, and to delivering our services with compassion and respect for dignity. We also operate on a "no win, no fee" basis.
Do you have a slip and fall claim?
Slip and fall injuries commonly occur as a result of flawed surfaces, slippery floors or other dangerous conditions. They happen most frequently in shopping centres, convenience stores or restaurants.
By law, owners of businesses or property are required to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of the general public. At minimum, owners or managers are required to warn the public of any potential dangers they have caused, are aware of or believe could occur.
If these requirements aren't met and you're injured on their property as a result, you may have a valid claim against the business owner or manager.
Some examples of possible faults that might lead to a “slip and fall” injury include failure to:
- clean up slippery surfaces
- demarcate dangerous areas
- remove obstructions from walkways
- light an area adequately
- repair holes and cracks in the pavement
- put up railings or barriers
- swiftly remove ice and slush, particularly excessive amounts.
What to do if you suffer a slip and fall injury
If you've suffered a “slip and fall” injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, there are a few things to bear in mind.
First, find proper medical attention. If not treated promptly, even minor injuries can sometimes develop into major problems. Also, you'll need proper medical records to support a slip and fall claim.
If you can, take photographs of where your injury occurred and its cause. Make detailed records of what happened, where and when, and record contact details for any witnesses. This type of supporting evidence can significantly improve your chance of receiving adequate compensation.
Refrain from discussing your case with anyone other than your personal injury lawyer. Also, don’t under any circumstances sign documents relating to the accident before discussing them with your personal injury attorney.