I wish to make a street slips injury claim after I dislocated my shoulder after an accident, how can I initiate a claim?
A street slips injury claim will be possible if you have sustained an injury for which you are not to blame. This will depend on the circumstances surrounding your injury from slipping on the street, and it may be the scenario that you sustained an injury as a result of the negligence of a third party who owed you a duty of care. In this scenario, the local council may be the liable party for your slipping on the street accident if they are determined to have caused your injury through their failure to maintain the streets to a safe walking standard. To determine which party is liable for your compensation for slipping on street – or whether you should pursue a claim – you are strongly advised to contact a personal injury solicitor at the earliest opportunity.
Before considering a street slips injury claim, your immediate priority should be that of your health by ensuring that you receive medical attention for your injury. If an ambulance was not called to the scene of your slipping on the street accident, you should have visited the accident and emergency department of the nearest hospital or booked an emergency appointment with your family GP in order to prevent further deterioration in your injury. If you failed to seek immediate medical attention, it may be considered that your injury from slipping on the street suffered a deterioration which could have been preventable. In this case, contributory negligence can become an element in your claim and the amount of compensation for slipping on street you may be entitled to claim can be reduced as a result.
When medical attention has been sought, your street slips injury claim can proceed by making an application for assessment to the Injuries Board. This can be done by filling in Injuries Board Form A by post or online – although by post only for claims involving children – accompanied by Form B, which should include your doctor’s assessment of your injury from slipping on the street. When these forms have been received by the Injuries Board, the negligent party as mentioned in the forms will be contacted and their consent sought to proceed with an assessment for compensation for slipping on street. If consent it provided, your slipping on the street accident will be assessed by the Board and a financial sum assigned to your claim, which must be accepted or rejected by you and the negligent party.
If accepted by both parties, your compensation for slipping on street will soon be finalised and your claim will be settled. If one or both parties reject the assessment, an authorisation will be provided to pursue your claim for an injury from slipping on the street through the court system. Although efforts can be made to resolve your claim before this comes to pass, you are advised to consult a personal injury solicitor at the earliest opportunity after suffering your slipping on the street accident. With the guidance of a solicitor, your claim will run as smoothly as possible and there will be a much improved likelihood that your street slips injury claim will be resolved to your satisfaction.