Personal Injury Slipping on Steps - Compensation?

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David Baker

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My wife slipped on steps in a building when attending an interview. The employee with her warned her to be careful because one of the steps was wonky, but the warning was just too late. She slipped and broke a vertebra, and since has had a back operation for the injury. Our medical insurance has covered most of the medical costs, with some exceptions, but she has had to cancel voluntary work she does and some international travel as a result. For an important forthcoming trip she will have to travel business class, at the advice of her physio. Is it possible in these circumstances to claim personal injury compensation?
 

Paul Cott

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David,

There maybe some claim to compensation. Generally you would need to show negligence on the part of the owner or occupier of the premises. This is a matter of weighing up all the circumstances as to the wonky step, including for example how long it was wonky for, who knew, what steps they did or didn't take to fix it, or should have taken, and what the cost of those steps was, etc etc.

I suggest you consult a lawyer who does personal injury law work, who sometimes take on matters on a 'no win no fee' basis.

Hope that is helpful.

Paul.
 
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David Baker

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David,

There maybe some claim to compensation. Generally you would need to show negligence on the part of the owner or occupier of the premises. This is a matter of weighing up all the circumstances as to the wonky step, including for example how long it was wonky for, who knew, what steps they did or didn't take to fix it, or should have taken, and what the cost of those steps was, etc etc.

I suggest you consult a lawyer who does personal injury law work, who sometimes take on matters on a 'no win no fee' basis.

Hope that is helpful.

Paul.
Thank you very much. That is helpful. David
 

PI Special

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You should take photos of the step as it will probably be replaced before you get to court.If you are in NSW or Qld I can recommend a specialist in the area
 
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