Claiming Compensation for a Public Place Accident
As a specialist personal injury solicitors Stonehewer Moss have experience in compensation claims for injuries that occur as a result of an accident in public place. These can include:
- Trips in the street
- Slipping on the pavement
- Accidents in shops
- Falls at work
The owner of any premises open to the public has a legal duty to ensure that you are safe from slips, trips and falls etc. when walking in their property. If they have neglected their duty and their negligence has caused you to injure yourself then you may be able to claim compensation. Examples of such accidents include falls caused by uneven paving slabs, trailing cables at work or a spillage on the floor in a shop that has not been cleaned up promptly.
The owners of any public place should have insurance to cover any personal injury compensation claims resulting from accidents on their premises. The local council will be insured for any claims resulting from accidents on the street or in the road caused by their negligence such as bad maintenance. You can claim compensation for your pain and suffering together with any financial losses such as loss of income or costs involved in medical treatment resulting from your injury.
What to do if you have an Accident in a Public Place
As with any personal injury compensation claim you need to prove that the injury was due to someone else’s negligence and not your fault. If your accident was in the street you need to measure the defect, try to photograph it with a ruler or coin to clearly show the size. As a general guide a defect in the pavement should be an inch (2.5cm) or more in height for the council to take responsibility.
If your fall was in a public place, such as a shop, be sure that you report your accident and that it is recorded in the company’s accident book. This will help to prove that the accident happened on their premises. If anyone is a witness to your accident or helps you afterwards then try to get their names and addresses as they may be able to help you with your claim.
Call us and speak to one of our experts. There will be no charge and we can advise you on whether you can make a personal injury Claim. We can usually work on a ‘no win no fee’ basis so there are no up-front or hidden charges. We will make every effort to settle your claim quickly. The process may seem complex but we will undertake all the hard work and keep you informed on the progress of your claim.