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If you are a visitor or customer on someone else’s premises, you can claim against the owner or occupier if you suffer an injury after a slipping accident which you do not believe was your own fault. If you have slipped on something that should not have been on the floor, in a public place or at work, then you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

Supermarkets can be hazardous, as drinks or other products can be easily spilt – it is therefore important for these premises to have regular shop floor inspections, to prevent the risk of injury to customers and other visitors. You may be able to make a claim for compensation against them if the owner or occupier did not:

  • Have an appropriate system for checking floor spillages
  • Clean up the spillage effectively when discovered
  • Have any warnings about a slippery floor

You should also be provided with a safe place of work by your employers, so if you suffer a slipping injury because this responsibility is not met, then you may also have a claim against your employer. See also our separate section on accidents at work.

To make an appointment to see one of our Personal Injury experts, Navdip Gill, Sam Seaford, Anne Maguire, Ann Summerling or Kerry Gibbs please call 01908 689338 (out of office hours – 07825 940007) or contact us.

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CASE STUDY: Woman who broke her wrist after she slipped outside her home has been awarded £11,000 compensation
A woman who suffered a fractured wrist when she slipped and fell on sludge from an overflowing drain has won £11,000, thanks to Geoffrey Leaver.

Diane, 61, successfully sued the Radcliffe School, Wolverton, Milton Keynes, after she slipped in a passageway behind her home in May 2009.

Despite warnings from other residents, the school failed to repair the drain which repeatedly overflowed in heavy rainfall, causing sludge to spill over onto the walkway.

Diane needed surgery on her left wrist and was off work for five months. She suffered permanent damage, which caused her on-going discomfort and affected her ability to do everyday housework and shopping.

Geoffrey Leaver successfully secured negotiated damages, which included those for loss of earnings and hospital and travel expenses.


Chambers & Partners 2021 – Band 1: notes the team is highly regarded as a personal injury practice offering expertise in a broad range of disputed liability cases.  Equally adept at handling cases resulting from RTAs, brain injuries, as well as PTSD. One client reports “The process has been nothing but well planned and stress-free.”

Chambers & Partners 2020: Personal Injury Department is recognised by Chambers & Partners 2020 who noted the department as“efficient and effective, and easy to communicate with.”

     Chambers and Partners 2020

The Personal Injury Team

  • Navdip Gill Partner
    Personal Injury 01908 689338 (07825 940007)
    Navdip has been a Partner at Geoffrey Leaver for 10 years. He is based within the Personal Injury department. He has over 20 years of experience in Personal Injury litigation and has built up a strong network with spinal surgeons, neurologists and plastic surgeons. 


  • Sam Seaford Partner
    Personal Injury 01908 689349
    Sam is a personal injury solicitor and Partner at Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors, who has over a decade of experience handling serious and catastrophic personal injury claims including but not limited to employer’s liability, road traffic accidents and occupier’s liability claims.  Sam has extensive experience in claims against insurance companies, large scale employer’s and their representatives, Councils and the Police.  He specialises in high value and complex, pedestrian, motorcycle and cyclist claims.


  • Anne Maguire Consultant
    Personal Injury 01908 689365
    Anne is a Consultant to the Personal Injury Department. Anne is ranked as a leader in her field by Chamber and Partners Legal Directory. She has more than 30 years’ experience representing clients who have suffered serious brain or life-changing injuries, clinical negligence and fatal accidents.


  • Ann Summerling Chartered Legal Executive
    Personal Injury 01908 689368
    Ann is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives who joined Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors in May 2006. She has extensive experience in handling all types of personal injury claims.


  • Kerry Gibbs Litigation Executive
    Personal Injury 01908 692769
    Kerry has worked in the legal industry for over 20 years, in various roles acting on behalf of claimants and defendants.  The majority of her experience has been gained in Personal Injury, where she worked her way up to client account manager for a large corporation before specialising in claimant based work.


  • Michael Harrigan Trainee Solicitor
    Personal Injury 01908 689328
    Michael Harrigan is a commercial property paralegal who joined Geoffrey Leaver in March 2019.  He is an LPC graduate who also holds a Masters in Taxation from the University of Law.