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Home > News > Personal Injury News

22nd October 2007

Compensation for client who slipped and fell due to breach of Occupiers’ Liability Act

Our client was visiting an underground station for the purpose of attending an interview for a position for which she had applied. She was shown into an office, which was accessed through a door that sat on a small step, some four inches above the outside floor level. When she came to leave, the interviewer opened the door for her but as she went through, she fell down the step and was injured.

The Occupiers Liability Act 1984 requires that personnel receiving visitors to their premises have a duty of care to ensure their safety whilst on their premises. The defendant argued that there had been no previous accident and there was no evident that this was a hazard.

Although the Judge found that there was a 10 per cent contributory negligence on the part of our client, given that she had already gone through the door once, he accepted that greater care should have been given to the claimant as she was a visitor and unfamiliar with the office layout. He found that a hazard sign should have been put up to alert her to the unexpected drop, or a warning given by the interviewer as he opened the door.

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Clear Answers’ lawyers have teams of experts waiting to help you, should you decide to instruct us to represent you in your accident claim. We specialise in all types of personal injury claims, including slips, trips and falls, whether you were injured as a result of an accident at work, or whether your accident happened in a public place.

If you or a family member has been injured in these circumstances, please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers. They will be happy to provide you with expert legal advice, talk you through the claims process in plain English and answer any questions you may have regarding your claim. Alternatively, you may prefer to complete one of our online compensation claim forms and one of our representatives will contact as soon as possible.

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