Accidents in Public and Private Places

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Property owners, whether they are private individuals, companies or local authorities have a duty of care to keep their properties in a reasonable and safe condition and most owners carry insurance against such accidents on their properties.

Accidents in a public place include all privately and publicly owned places such as restaurants, pubs, shopping centres, parks, nightclubs, train stations, airports, gym, footpaths and so on. Basically, any place where the public is expected to visit. If your accident was as the result of a slip, trip or fall in the public area which is owned by a local council you can bring a claim against this local authority. It is the duty of the local council, or building owner, to provide a safe environment for the users of the public place. This is known as public liability.

If you have been injured in an accident in a public area, keep a record of the event; take photographs, names and home addresses of witnesses; keep evidence of doctors’ visits related to the incident and keep receipts for any injury related expenses as this will be needed to prove liability.

There is a 2 year time limit to making a personal injury compensation claim from the date of the accident, so it’s advisable to seek expert legal advice as soon as you think you may have a valid claim for compensation. It’s often easier to investigate your accident claim if you begin proceedings quickly.

If you would like us to help you, or if you would simply like to have a chat to discuss your options about any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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