Accident in Public Place Claims

Owners and occupiers of premises/buildings/other areas which are open to the public have a duty to ensure that safe conditions are maintained in order to prevent members of the public being injured (See our DEFECTIVE PREMISES CLAIMS section). This is applicable to both council and privately owned premises, including:

  • Supermarkets
  • Restaurants
  • Shopping centres
  • Banks
  • Gyms
  • Parks
  • Libraries
  • Schools
  • Colleges
  • Public footpaths
  • Amusement parks
  • Funfairs
  • etc.

Why Compensation Solicitors Online?

Our team has years’ of experience in dealing with compensation claims in cases of accidents in public places. Our expertise is essential in handling the cases with professionalism in a swift manner which ensures that you get the best compensation which you deserve.
We have been instructed by clients in a variety of circumstances, including:

  • Trip on defective pavement
  • Slip and trip in supermarket
  • Injuries suffered in gym due to faulty equipment

What should you do if you have been involved in an accident?

  • You should write a detailed account of what happened, including a sketch of the location.
  • You should take a photograph of the accident scene and the cause as soon as possible. Use a camera with a date/time function (if possible) and place an object in the frame to give some scale, e.g. either a ruler or a coin.
  • You should ensure that you have the name and address of any witness.
  • You should seek medical advice for your injuries as soon as possible. With some injuries (e.g. neck and shoulder injuries) the symptoms may take a few days to develop, but get medical attention as soon as you can.
  • You should keep a record of your out of pocket expenses (e.g. travel expenses, prescription charges, walking sticks, etc.) and keep any receipts.

Your claim

A public place accident claim includes the following three steps:

Establishing liability (who was responsible for the accident)

The first step is to show who was at fault for the accident to take place and to what degree. This is not necessarily straightforward and sometimes contributory negligence may be found (the victim has contributed to some extent to the harm that s/he has suffered). However, this concept only plays a role in calculating the compensation value and does not affect the establishing of liability.

Showing causation (showing that the accident caused the injury)

Once a degree of liability has been established, it must be demonstrated that the resulting injury has been caused by the accident, and not by a previous medical condition or another accident, for example.

Calculating the quantum (establishing the appropriate amount of compensation)

The compensation in such cases will have the purpose of attempting to put the claimant in the position s/he has been in before the accident. It is our specialist solicitors’ job to liaise with medical and other experts in order to prepare a Schedule of Loss, setting out the solutions and costs to all problems which the claimant has or may have in the future, as a result of the accident.

Our expert solicitors have experience in achieving the best results in all the three steps of the process, thus ensuring that you get the best compensation which you deserve.

Damages

There are two parts to any compensation claim, consisting of two types of damages:

General damages

General damages are calculated as a part of the compensation based on the type of injury and are designed to compensate for pain and suffering and the impact on the claimant’s enjoyment of life.

Special damages

Special damages are the more variable part of the compensation and depend on individual circumstances. The claimant may be able to recover:

  • Expenses relating to the cost of living with any disability;
  • Expenses to cover services provided by other people;
  • Increased accommodation costs;
  • Loss of earnings;
  • Medical expenses;
  • The cost of buying in care.

Establishing the level of special damages to be paid is a crucial part of a compensation claim. Compensation Solicitors Online have experience in compensation claims for personal injury.

Timing

Generally, personal injury claims have a three year time limit i.e. court proceedings have to be issued at least one day before the third anniversary of the accident , otherwise they will be time barred and you will no longer be able to pursue your claim.. (There are a few exceptions to this rule and the court does have some very limited discretion to extend the various time limits). You can still pursue a claim for personal injury after the third anniversary of the accident, you just have to make sure court proceedings have been issued before that third anniversary in order to do so.We will be happy to discuss this further with you.

If you are a minor at the time of the accident, i.e. under 18 then the 3 year limitation date starts to run after you have turned 18. Furthermore, there also a complicated set of rules that allows the 3 years limitation date period to run from the date of knowledge of the incident/accident. These rules normally apply to clinical/medical negligence cases or industrial disease claims, where they may be a long latency period between the incident giving rise to your claim and you first suffering any symptoms and becoming aware of it. The rules on this are technical and we will, once again, be happy to discuss this in detail with you.

Funding

There are a variety of funding options open to you. We will discuss these options with you in more detail and where appropriate represent you on a no win no fee basis (also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement).

Make a claim

If you would like to speak directly to one of our team you can either call us on 0208 203 4999 or send us your enquiry and we will give you a call back to discuss your claim within 1 business day.

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