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Accidents In Public Places happen any Time any Place

Local authorities and private organisations are under a clear duty to keep their facilities and premises safe and to ensure that any risk of injuries is addressed and minimised.  Even so, accidents in public places remain an all too common occurrence and we list just some of the types of public accident claims we deal with on a day to day basis:

  • Trip and slip claims sustained whilst outdoors due to defective pavements, steps in disrepair, potholes, tree roots, obstructions on the highway or car parks in disrepair;
  • Slips or trips inside premises notably in supermarkets, large stores, shopping centres or restaurants – the list is pretty much open ended.

What to do if you have an Injury In A Public Place? 

To bring a successful claim for an accident in a public place then it will be necessary to demonstrate through evidence that the owner or occupier where the accident happened was responsible for your injuries. Here are some practical steps you should be taking as a starting point:

  • Formally report the accident to the staff or owner at the time and ensure that your accident is reported in the accident book. (In our experience there is sometimes resistance by the defendant to record the accident  and as far as possible you must insist upon the accident book being completed);
  • If at all possible, make sure that you obtain the details of any witnesses to your accident;
  • Photographs are often essential to enable a claim to proceed especially when dealing with defects outside such as pavements and steps in a state of repair. (We will be happy to advise as to the sort of photographs required to enable your claim to proceed);
  • Attend casualty/your GP’s surgery first and foremost to have your injuries properly diagnosed and treated but also medical records will often be important in terms of explaining how and why the accident in a public place happened;
  • Retain all receipts related to the injury claim so that the costs involved can be recovered.
  • If there is a possibility of the accident being captured on CCTV then ensure, if you can, that the footage will be preserved. This evidence can be very helpful but all too often, for whatever reason, it is not retained by the defendant.

To Sum Up How To Claim for Your Accident in A Public Place

If you are serious about bringing a claim for an accident in a public place then there is no substitute for getting early advice from a personal injury solicitor specialising in public accident claims. We of course would be only too pleased to hear from you on a free no-obligation basis.