What is a public place?

A public place is anywhere that can be accessed by the public.  This can include shopping centres, supermarkets, pubs, parks, schools, streets, stations to name just a few.

Examples of accidents which can occur in public places?

   – Slips, trips or falls in a public place such as a pavement, in a supermarket or a park.

   – Slips, trips or falls in an area which has not been made safe such as icy paths, potholes or areas of disrepair.

   – Hazardous areas which have not been highlighted using appropriate signs or lighting.

If you have had an accident in a public place then please contact us to receive expert advice.

What should I do if I have an accident in a public place?

To successfully claim compensation, you need to prove that another person was liable for your injury.  In public liability claims, this would be the company or person responsible for the maintenance of the public place who acted negligently by allowing the public area to fall into disrepair.

It is therefore helpful to gather evidence to support your claim such as reporting the accident to the owner or manager of the property, making a note of the accident in the accident book and if possible take the details of any independent witnesses.  If you are able, it would also be useful to take photographs of the location of the accident and measure the defective area with an object such as ruler, coin or pen.

How Long Do I Have to Make A Claim?

You normally have 3 years from the date of the accident to make a claim.  Exceptions are:

– Minors who have 3 years from their 18th birthday,

– Claiming on behalf of someone who doesn’t have the ability to do so themselves, including when someone has suffered a serious head/brain injury as a result of their accident. In these circumstances, no time limits apply.

  – Fatal claims – if you’re claiming on behalf of a loved one who died, you’ll either have three years from the date of their death or the date of the accident to make a claim.

How Will My Claim Be Funded?

Most claims are funded by way of a No Win No Fee Agreement subject to status. At the start of your case we will discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable.  If we think you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we’ll explain the process clearly. We will also investigate all possible avenues regarding insurance cover from pre-existing Legal Expense Insurance to After the Event policies to make sure that you are fully protected whatever the outcome.

What Will Happen When I Make a Claim?

Once we have discussed your claim with you and established the facts, we will submit a claim to those responsible for your injury and request they accept liability at an early stage.  If liability is accepted, we will then arrange for you to be medically examined by an expert located local your home address and we will negotiate settlement with the liable party.  If liability is not accepted then we will collate evidence to support your claim to include health and safety reports and medical evidence.

We may also request an interim payment to fund ongoing expenses whilst your claim is ongoing.

We will always attempt to negotiate settlement out of Court however if the Defendant does not accept liability or does not agree with our valuation of your claim then we may have to issue Court proceedings.  Even after Court Proceedings have been issued, your claim may well settle before Trial however if it goes to Trial, we will be with you every step of the way.

How Much Compensation Will I Receive?

How much compensation you are awarded will depend on the severity of your injuries and how long it will take for you to fully recover.  As well as compensation for your pain and suffering, you may also receive compensation to cover private healthcare, physiotherapy, therapy, ongoing care and other expenses.

If liability is accepted, we may request an interim payment from the Defendant to help pay for ongoing care and expenses.  This payment will then be deducted from your final compensation payment.