Is there a time limit on making a slip, trip or fall claim?

PUBLISHED 08 Jan 2015

Slips, trips and falls are among the most common accidents that lead to injuries, but you may be entitled to compensation if they occur in a public place.

There are time limits involved with these types of incident, so it’s important to make a claim as soon as possible to ensure you remain eligible.

Usually, individuals have three years from the date the injury occurred in which to file a claim. However, it is often recommended to start the claims process soon after the accident.

There are several reasons for this, including that witnesses’ memories of the incident are less likely to be accurate the longer time goes on. Slip, trip or fall claims can also take considerable time to resolve, so getting proceedings underway quickly will help the case wrap up sooner.

How long will a claim take?

Each case is different, with a number of factors potentially affecting how long it takes to come to a final decision. Despite this, most simple claims should be resolved within 18 months.

In more challenging, complex cases, the process will be longer and could take a few years. This is more likely if you suffered particularly severe injuries or required a substantial level of care following the incident. 

To prevent your slip, trip or fall claim from dragging out, contact a seasoned compensation lawyer in NSW from the outset. Experienced law firms will have dealt with hundreds of similar cases, allowing you to feel confident that your claim is in the right hands.

For even more security, get in touch with a no-win, no-fees lawyer so there is no financial risk to you if the claim is unsuccessful.

Who pays my claim and what can I receive?

If you’re awarded compensation, the organisation or individual deemed responsible doesn’t usually provide the payout directly. Instead, their insurer will cover the cost.

There are a number of areas that compensation could cover, including physical and psychological injuries and losses. For example, you may receive money for:

  • Medical and hospital expenses
  • Loss of earnings and superannuation
  • Pain and suffering
  • Past and future care requirements

These payouts can be substantial, especially if a slip, trip or fall results in permanent, disabling injuries that have a notable impact on an individual’s quality of life.

Call us now on 1800 004 878 to book a free appointment with one of my compensation experts, or email your enquiry.