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Accidents can occur unexpectedly, even in places and situations we least anticipate. It’s not uncommon to encounter accidents in public areas; slip, trip, and fall incidents are quite common and account for a significant portion of public liability claims.

What is a public liability claim?

A public liability claim is a legal process whereby a person can claim compensation for injuries resulting from an accident in a public place or property open to the public such as a supermarket or entertainment venue. For example, you can bring a personal injury claim against the occupier/owner of the premises, as they should have a public liability insurance policy who will deal with the claim against them.

Businesses have a duty to make sure that you’re reasonably safe whenever you enter their premises. Public bodies, such as councils and local authorities, must make sure public highways are properly maintained.

Types of Public Liability Accidents

At Aston Knight Solicitors, we have assisted clients in obtaining compensation for various public accidents. Common public liability claims often revolve around slips, trips, or falls, and can include:

  • Supermarket incidents: Slips and falls are frequent in supermarkets, including accidents in their parking lots.
  • Claims against local councils: Injuries from poorly maintained pavements or road potholes can lead to compensation claims against the relevant Highway Authority.
  • Slips, trips, and falls: These accidents are prevalent in public places, whether on highways where the Highway Authority may be responsible or in private areas like arcades, pubs, or restaurants.
  • Sports injuries: Whether as a spectator or participant, injuries sustained during sports events can be addressed.
  • Animal-related injuries: Compensation can be sought for injuries caused by animals, such as farm animals on roads, dog bites, or animals causing harm.
  • Children’s accidents (including school-related injuries)

Initiating a Public Liability Claim

To make a public liability claim, it is crucial to demonstrate that the accident and resulting injuries were due to negligence or a breach of statutory duty. Here are steps to strengthen your claim:

  • Seek medical attention if necessary.
  • Capture photographs of your injuries, the accident scene, and surroundings promptly.
  • Report the accident to staff in a building and ensure it is documented in an accident book if possible.
  • Collect contact information from witnesses.
  • Note down address details and check for CCTV cameras in open areas like private car parks.
  • Your solicitor will guide you on the necessary steps to start your public liability claim.
  • By seeking compensation for your public place accident, you may receive the financial support needed for rehabilitation and recovery.
  • Your public liability claim can be handled on a no win, no fee basis, ensuring that you won’t incur any legal fees if your claim is unsuccessful.

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