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Trick or Treat – Watch your Feet!

October 29, 2020 News & Announcements

The month of October is the most spooktacular time of the year with Halloween, and is often filled with Pumpkin carving, eating candy and trick-or-treating. Whilst this time of year is filled with fun and laughter, it also has the highest number of reported child pedestrian casualties. With the winter months approaching and the clocks going back, darkness and adverse weather conditions increase the risk to pedestrians, including young trick-or-treaters.  Parents must consider these risks and be cautious, to ensure their children’s trick-or-treat does not become a trip or slip off their feet.

The most common causes of slips, trips and falls involve:

A simple slip, trip and fall can cause a significant injury. Injuries vary from minor sprains through to, in more serious cases, broken bones, deep wounds and head trauma.

When we are travelling on a public road or pedestrian area, often a private individual, company or public authority are legally responsible to maintain the road and ensure our safety. This ‘duty of care’ requires that particular standards are observed and all necessary precautions and procedures are taken. For example, any cracks or holes in the pavement must be repaired and any slippery surfaces caused by frost and ice must be gritted within a reasonable time.

If this duty is not fulfilled, and you are injured as a result, then you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury. You can raise a claim if the accident occurred in the last 3 years, was partially the fault of someone else, and resulted in you suffering an injury. Your claim for compensation can include: the pain suffered from the injury; past and future loss of wages as a result of the injury; medical treatment or care provided for the injury; damage to property; and general inconvenience.

Jones Whyte Law have helped many clients recover compensation for different types of personal injury claims, including those involving accidents in a public place. Our team of experienced personal injury solicitors can help you make a successful public liability claim, all on a basis.

To find out more information about a personal injury claim in Scotland, and start your claim, contact us today on 0141 375 1222 or

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