Have you been injured because of poorly maintained paths, walkways and all other public areas? – If so you may be able to make a claim for compensation. If your injury has resulted from a trip or slip in a supermarket, a local shop, a public place, on a road or pavement you can make a claim against the owner or local council responsible for maintaining and monitoring the place you are in.
What can you advise me on for public liability claims?
A slip, trip or fall can happen anywhere and it may be unclear who is responsible for your injuries. If you slip on a pavement or road, is it owned and maintained by the council or by a private firm or individual? If you slip on a wet patch at work are you employers liable or is it the plumber who didn’t fix the pipe properly? These are all questions that we will be able to advise you on and will inform you of the best route to finding out and your options depending on who is at fault.
What should I do if I think I have a public liability claim?
If you have tripped over a broken-up piece of road then try and get a photograph of it before it is repaired. If you slipped on something wet at work check that other people saw the puddle before it was cleaned up. Injuries alone do not make an entire case. If you have only just had your accident then get in contact with us as soon as possible to enable us to carry our own investigations before vital evidence may be destroyed.
For all of your public liability questions, contact JMR Solicitors for some advice on how to go forward and claim compensation.
Who can you file a public liability claim against?
Whilst there is no definitive answer as claims may be quite broad because an injury can occur in a variety of public places, all of which have a duty of care to ensure the safety of those who use the facilities or premises. Even so, the most common public liability claims are frequently brought against local governments, train station operators, shop owners, restaurants, and gyms.
What information will I need to file a claim for public liability?
To file a public liability claim, you must demonstrate that the premises you visited were unsafe, resulting in an injury that could have been avoided. You can accomplish this by providing evidence such as:
- The precise location, date, and estimated time of your accident.
- Photographs of the scene Photos can aid in determining who is to blame, whether it is a local authority or the owner of private land or property.
- Photographs that have been measured to help establish that the defect is unacceptable. You may need to use a reference point, such as photographing the hole with an item in it, such as a credit card (do not use this if the hole is full of water).
- Any witnesses’ contact information