What is a personal injury compensation claim?
If you have had an accident or suffered any kind of personal injury whilst on public property, and can illustrate that it was not your fault, you might be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim.
The person or company that owns or is held responsible for maintaining the public area should have taken out a public liability insurance policy. This can compensate any members of the public for any injury they sustain whilst on the property if it was in any way caused by their negligence.
If your injury was sustained on public property during the course of your employment, it may be the responsibility of your employer, depending on the circumstances.
Types of Public Liability Compensation claims
Types of Accidents in Public Places
There are many types of accidents that happen on public property, the most common are:
Injuries caused by uneven or dangerous footpaths and pavements, ice and snow which has been left untreated, tree roots, pot-holes and uneven or dangerous steps and stairs
Slips and trips on uneven or slippery / wet floors in all manner of buildings
Injuries caused by objects falling from a height
Injuries caused by broken down fences and other obstructions to thoroughfares, badly placed litter and rubbish bags, badly parked vehicles.
What if I have suffered an accident in a public place?
To successfully make a public liability compensation claim you will need to prove that someone else was responsible for your personal injury – in this case this will be the person responsible for the property where your accident happened.
In order to assist your claim, you will need to report the accident to the staff or owner at the time. Make a note of your accident in the accident book (if there is one available) and take as much information as you can; dates, times, names and addresses of witnesses. If possible take photographs of the area in which the accident occurred. (If possible use something like a ruler or a coin to give an idea of scale to the photograph). Remember to keep any receipts for costs incurred during the process as you will need these to claim the costs back.
Start a Public Liability Compensation Claim
If you or someone you know has suffered an injury or illness while in a public place and it was not your fault, you might be entitled to compensation. There are strict time limits in place so contact us today to see if we can help you with your claim.