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Public Liability Claims

When accidents take place in public places, they can give rise to public liability claims, whether they are owned by the local authority and are privately operated and are open to the members of the public such as shops, garages, fitness centres and railway stations.

Accidents such as slips and trips are very common and they can happen while you are in any public place.  Accidents which involve falling objects often result in serious injuries and can even cause death.

It is the responsibility of the owners and occupiers of premises in public places to take care of your health and safety.  They must ensure that places where members of the public have access to are safe and risk free.   This can include footpaths, parks, restaurants, supermarkets, swimming pools and even schools.  Public liability can also apply to privately owned property or homes such as in the case of animal attacks.

Accidents in such places can be caused due to many reasons.  Some examples of how public liability claims can arise include:

  • Injuries caused by defective pavements and dangerous footpaths
  • Slips and trips caused by untreated ice and snow, staircases in disrepair, tree roots and potholes
  • Slips and trips inside shops, supermarkets, car parks, restaurants and supermarkets
  • Injuries caused by objects falling from above
  • Injuries caused by obstructions and broken down fences

There are numerous other ways in which members of the public can sustain injuries whilst on a public place.   If you were unfortunate to suffer injuries or harm whilst on a public place, you may be able to make a public liability claim.

Making A Claim

Owners and occupiers of privately owned as well as public places owe a duty of care to all those who may lawfully be on their premises.  Therefore, they must do all that is reasonably practicable to protect members of the public from potential risks of accidents and injuries.  If they fail in their duty, they will be liable to compensate any person who has been injured as a result of their negligent act.

If you have recently been injured in a public place and that too due to no fault, call us today and discuss your case with an experienced member of our team.

You can also arrange a call back by filling in our brief online claim form.

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