Claims: If you have an accident or suffer a personal injury whilst on public property, which was not your fault, then you may be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim.
The person or company owning or being responsible for maintaining the public area should have taken out a public liability insurance policy to compensate members of the public for any injury they sustain whilst on the property caused by their negligence; therefore your personal injury claim for compensation will be made against that insurance policy.
If your accident occurred on public property during the course of your employment you may have a claim against your employer depending on the circumstances.
If you have suffered an injury after being involved in an accident in a public place, contact a solicitor and they will be able to let you know if you are entitled to make a public liability compensation claim.
Types of Public Liability Claim
Some of the most common public liability compensation claims dealt with involve:
Injuries caused by dangerous footpaths or pavements, untreated ice and snow, pot holes, tree roots and steps or staircases in disrepair.
Slips or trips inside supermarkets, shopping centres, DIY stores, car parks, amusement parks and restaurants etc.
Injuries caused by sharp objects or objects falling from a height in a public place.
Broken down fences or other obstructions to the highways or pavements including unlit skips located on the highway at night, litter and rubbish bags creating a tripping hazard in walking areas or badly parked vehicles on the roadway which may partially obstruct the pavement.
There are also many other circumstances where you could be injured on public property and if you would like some information about whether you would be entitled to make a public liability accident compensation claim, ask a solicitor.
Action To Take After A Public Liability Injury
To make a successful public liability compensation claim, you would need to prove that another person was responsible for your personal injury (in this case, the owner of the property where your accident happened).
To help your case, you should report the accident to the staff or owner at the time, make a note of your accident in the accident book if possible, take names and addresses of witnesses to the accident and if possible take photographs of the area where the accident happened. In cases involving badly maintained pavements, it would be advisable to put a ruler or a coin such as a 10p or 50p piece standing upright beside the defect before you take the photograph to give an idea of depth / height.
If you are intending to claim expenses as part of your public liability compensation claim such as prescription costs and travelling expenses, remember to keep receipts as evidence.
Public Liability Compensation Claims
If you or someone you know has suffered an injury or illness whilst in a public place, see a solicitor.
There are strict time limits in place to make any injury claim.