When you’re out and about in public places such as parks, supermarkets, shopping centres or bars, those who own or manage the area you are in have a responsibility to take measures to ensure the area is as safe as possible. Should they fail to do so and you have an accident as the result of their failings, you could potentially make a successful public liability compensation claim.
What is a public liability claim?
A public liability claim is a compensation claim made against the owners or operators of a public area in which their negligence has resulted in an accident. Those responsible for public places should take out public liability insurance to cover compensation payments of this nature.
Types of public liability claims
Accidents in public places range hugely. But they could include:
- A trip or fall in the street
- Tripping in a shop or supermarket as the result of a slippy floor without warnings signs
- Being injured by an object falling in a public place
These are just a handful of examples.
Can you claim?
If you’ve been injured in a public place as the result of an accident that wasn’t your fault and may be the result of negligence by the owners of managers of the property, you may be able to make a public liability compensation claim.
We’ve successfully made thousands of compensation claims in well over a decade in business. We put our success down to the fact that we’re a team of qualified and experienced solicitors and we deal direct with our clients. No middle men or unqualified assistants. You’ll deal directly with the solicitor handling your claim every step of the way.
Following a shopping trip our client was returning to her car, which was parked in a multi-story car park. The overhead lights were not working on the level on which our client’s car was parked. This resulted in the area being dark and our client was unable to see a kerb. The result is that she tripped over the kerb and sustained a sprained shoulder as a result.
Initially, the owners of the car park denied any responsibility and claimed that the kerb was easily seen. However, we obtained copies of the lighting repair records from which we established that a significant number of light bulbs were missing from the level where the accident occurred. After issuing court proceedings, the car park owners agreed to pay compensation of Â£3,000 without proceeding to a trial.