Accident & Injury in Public Places Claims

NewLaw has a team of personal injury specialists who are dedicated to getting the best results for their clients following an accident in a public place.

What are Accidents in Public Places? 

There are many types of accidents that can occur in a public place. Some of the most common public liability claims for compensation that we deal with include:

  • injuries caused as a result of defective pavements, potholes, untreated ice and debris
  • slips or trips in supermarkets, restaurants, pubs, car parks and shopping centres
  • injuries following beauty treatment, such as hair loss, allergic reactions and chemical burns arising from waxing, hair dye or laser treatment
  • injuries caused by dog bites
  • Injuries caused by livestock, such as horses or cows
  • accidents in schools (including horse riding schools) such as slips or trips on school premises, defective play equipment, sporting accidents and food poisoning

What can I do?
To make a successful claim for compensation you need to prove that another person was responsible for your accident. This often means proving that an owner or occupier of a public place has not taken sufficient steps to ensure your safety.

It is important to report your accident to a member of staff or the owner/occupier of the premises as soon as possible, preferably immediately after your accident. You should ensure that your accident is recorded in an accident book, if one is available. We would also recommend, if possible, taking photographs of the area where the accident happened and any hazard that you feel has caused your injury. If you have tripped over a hazard such as a defective pavement or pothole on the highway, we would recommend using a ruler in your photographs to show how deep or high the defect is, as this will provide evidence to support your claim.

If there are any witnesses to your accident, you should try to make a note of their name, address and contact telephone number. If others have suffered through the same situation or with the same symptoms, such as food poisoning, it is best to take down their details to help reinforce your case further.

If you have suffered an injury such as a laceration or burn, it often assists to take photographs of the initial injury and during your recovery. Always keep a note of any expenses you incur as a result of your injuries, including copies of receipts and invoices where available.

How can claiming for compensation help me?
Suffering an injury can have serious consequences for you and your family, with many people requiring time off work and having to survive on limited sick pay following an accident. Pursuing a claim will not only ensure that you are properly compensated for your injury, but will also ensure that you are reimbursed for any losses and expenses that you have incurred. This includes any lost earnings or future loss of earnings if your injury means that you have to take time off work or cannot return to work at all, as well as the cost of medical treatment and travelling to appointments.

Claiming compensation will also give you access to the best rehabilitation and treatment providers to maximise your recovery following the accident. The NHS provides excellent care at the acute stage following an injury but long term rehabilitation can be lacking. Making a successful claim for compensation will mean funding is made available for a range of expert input where appropriate.

Owners and occupiers of public places have a duty to ensure that their premises are in a reasonably safe condition to prevent injuries to visitors and members of the public. These rules apply to privately-owned places open to the public, such as shopping centres, gyms, supermarkets, restaurants and bridleways, as well as local authority public property such as parks, schools, and public footpaths.

If you have suffered an accident in a public place that was not your fault, contact our specialist public liability solicitors who can advise you on what you need to do next.

Making a claim for compensation may seem like a worrying process. Our dedicated, experienced solicitors are here to help you. At NewLaw, our main aim is to ensure that you are provided with the support and help that you need to get you back to health as quickly as possible, whilst getting you the compensation you deserve. Our solicitors will work with you from the outset to make the process as straightforward as possible.

We will ensure that you are properly compensated for your injury, as well as for any losses and expenses incurred, including the cost of medical treatment and travelling to appointments. We will recover any loss of earnings or future loss of earnings if your injury means that you have to take time off work or cannot return to work at all.

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