Have you been injured in an accident in a public place? If so, there is a very chance that you will be entitled to compensation if the incident was not your fault. A public injury definition is simply any accident in any public area. From slips, trips and falls to dog bites, supermarket accidents, and gym injuries, there are many different types of accidents that can happen in many different types of public places. If you can establish someone else’s negligence or carelessness, you can claim, and this is something we can help you to do at Accident Claims UK. We have many years of experience in the industry, and we provide free legal advice 24-hours a day, seven days a week, on 0800 073 8801. But before you give us a call, read on to find out everything you need to know about these claims.
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- A guide to claiming compensation for public place accidents
- Who is responsible for an accident in a public place
- The claims process and procedure
- Securing compensation for injuries suffered during a public accident
- Different types of accidents which can happen in a public place
- Do you always need to go to court to get compensation?
- Local councils liability and responsibility
- How to start making your personal injury claim
- Personal injury in a public place compensation calculator
- No win no fee claims for an accident in a public place
- Why use Accident Claims UK to make a personal injury claim?
- Contact our team today
- Useful links
If you have been injured in a public accident and it was not your fault, it is important to get the compensation that you deserve. There are many different accidents that can happen in a public area, from slips in supermarkets to falling because of uneven and poorly maintained pavements. Britain’s roads and pavements are known for their poor quality, and they have
caused many accidents over the years. In fact, according to the Department for Transport, 71 cyclists were seriously injured or killed in 2016 in accidents link to poorly maintained roads. This represents a significant increase when compared with ten years prior, when only 22 cyclists were seriously injured or killed due to potholes and poor road maintenance. No matter what type of accident you have been involved in, if it was not your fault, we can help you to claim, and you will find all of the information you need about doing so in this guide. This includes details on establishing responsibility, how much compensation you will receive, how to make a claim, common public accidents, and much more.
This depends on where the accident happened. If the accident happened on council property or publicly owned land, your local authority will be responsible. However, if the accident happened while in a supermarket, the owner of the supermarket will be responsible. If you are not sure regarding who is responsible for the place whereby you were injured, call our team and we can help.
To make a claim, it is important to gather as much evidence as possible. This involves taking photos at the scene, as well as photos of your injuries, if they are visible, of course. You should also make a note of everything that happened as soon as you can so that you do not forget anything important. In addition to this, get the contact details of anyone that witnessed the incident unfold. It is also wise to report the accident to the perpetrator, for example, the local council or the owner of the supermarket. This will ensure that there is an official record of what happened, and this can help to strengthen your case. Finally, keep note of all of the costs you have been subject to because of your injuries – from travel costs to loss of income – because you will be able to claim for them.
To secure compensation, you need to prove three things to be true. These are as follows:
- The accident was the fault of someone else.
- The accident happened in the last three years.
- You have received medical attention for your injuries.
There are many different types of accidents that can happen in a public place. Let’s take a look at some examples of common accidents in public places below…
- Accidents involving children– If your child has been injured in a public place, you can claim on their behalf, or they will have three years to claim once they turn 18-years-old. We do recommend you go for the former option. Such accidents can happen in many different environments, including nurseries, shopping centres, and local parks. Such incidents can happen because of a lack of property safety measures or someone else’s negligence.
- Supermarket accidents – We have helped many people to secure compensation after being involved in a supermarket accident. There are stringent regulations in place regarding health and safety in supermarkets. If these standards have not been upheld, you can make a claim. Some examples of this include injuries due to falling objects, broken glass, or injuries because wet floor signs have not been put up as they should after a spillage. All supermarkets should have public liability insurance in place to cover such incidents.
- Gym injuries and sporting accidents – If you have experienced a personal injury when using gym equipment, at a sports match, or while in a training session, you can claim compensation if the situation could have been prevented if the correct safety measures were put in place. For example, you may have used a piece of gym equipment that should have been replaced but wasn’t, nor was it marked as out of use. In such a scenario, the gym’s carelessness and negligence can be attributed to the injury and you can secure a payout.
- Dog bites – Have you been bitten by a dog in public? If so, you could be entitled to a payout. This is because all dog handlers and owners have a responsibility to stop any dangerous behaviour from their dogs (and any other animals). If they have failed to do this, they are to blame for your suffering.
- Slips, trips and falls – Last but not least, we have the most common type of public place injury, and this is slips, trips and falls. There are so many different ways such accidents can happen, from tripping over a loose cable in a shop or falling because of a pavement that has been neglected by the local authority.
Please note that these are just examples and you can claim for any type of injury that has happened in a public place.
The short answer to this question is ‘no’ – all cases are different. It is always our aim to secure compensation for an accident in a public place without going to court because we want the process to be as efficient and easy as possible for our clients. However, there are cases whereby court action is a necessity. We will be able to advise you on this, as it depends on your case and the reaction of the person or party that is liable.
There are instances whereby you will be making your claim against the local council for the accident you have been involved in. This will be the situation if the council is responsible for the area where you have been injured. This does not merely relate to council premises, but also any roads or pavements that the council looks after. If the road or pavement in question has been poorly maintained, and you have been injured, you can make a claim against the council. You can also do so if you have slipped on ice or snow in an area that the council was meant to grit but failed to do so. If you are unsure regarding your local authority’s public liability, we can help you to figure out if they are to blame. Just give us a call and we will take it from there.
If you want to make a claim for the public accident you have been involved in, you will be pleased to know that the process is easy when you work with Accident Claims UK. All you need to do is give us a call, and we will be there every step of the way. We will start with a free consultation so that we can provide you with the expert advice you need. We will then take you step-by-step through everything. You don’t have to worry about a thing – you won’t be left in the dark and the claims process won’t be complicated. We will explain everything.
It is understandable that you will want to know how much compensation you will receive if you launch a claim. It is important to note that there are a lot of different factors that are considered when determining how much money you will receive. It is not as simple as saying “how much compensation for a fall?” or “how much compensation for tripping on a broken pavement?” This is because every case is different. Not only is the severity of the injury considered, but on-going symptoms, the psychological impact, and much more. Out-of-pocket expenses are also accounted for too, for example, the inability to return to work for a period of time. In the table below, you will be able to see the typical payout amount for some of the most common injuries that are sustained as a result of a public place accident. You should only use these figures as a guideline. No solicitor, no matter their level of skill or experience, can promise ‘x’ amount to any personal injury claimant, and they shouldn’t do so either, as this is deceptive.
|Type of injury that has been sustained||How severe is the injury?||Typical payout amount||Extra notes|
|Foot injuries||Various||£10,450 - £53,200||The severity of the injury will dictate the payout that is awarded.|
|Knee injuries||Various||£10,450 - £73,125||The severity of the injury will dictate the payout that is awarded.|
|Leg injuries||Various||£6,925 - £103,250||The severity of the injury will dictate the payout that is awarded.|
|Back injury||Severe||£29,475 - £122,350||There are a number of factors that will impact the payout awarded. This includes any long-time side effects, the severity of the initial damage, and whether there is any on-going pain.|
|Back injury||Moderate||£9,500 - £21,100||There are a number of factors that will impact the payout awarded. This includes any the severity of the initial damage, and whether there is any on-going pain.|
|Neck injury||Severe||£34,575 - £112,750||The payout you will receive depends on the permanent side effects, on-going pain, and the severity of the break.|
|Neck injury||Moderate||£6,000 - £29,250||The payout you will receive depends on the on-going pain, loss of motor movement, and the damage suffered.|
|Brain damage||Moderate||£166,500 - £214,350||This includes partial paralysis and brain damage.|
|Brain damage||Moderate||£32,725 - £166,600||The amount of money that is granted depends on a number of different considerations, including the impact of the brain damage on senses and memory, as well as cognitive abilities and concentration.|
|Quadriplegia||Severe||£246,750 - £307,000||This is an extremely severe condition, which is also known as tetraplegia.|
Cannot find the injury you have sustained in the table above? Don’t panic – you can still make a claim. You can claim for any type of accident in a public place so long as it was not your fault. For more information regarding payouts, please give our team a call and explain your injuries. One of our experienced advisors will then be able to enlighten you to the typical payout amount for such an injury so you can get a better understanding of the amount you may be looking at.
When it comes to any type of service, you will rightly want to know how much it is going to cost you and how the payment is going to work. With us, all of our claims are 100 per cent No Win, No Fee. If you are familiar with this payment structure, you will already know the distinct benefits associated with it. However, for those who have not experienced such legal services before, we will explain how this works. When a legal service is provided under the No Win, No Fee payment banner, this means that upfront payments are not required. Instead, you will fund the legal service once the claim has been settled. The legal fees will be subtracted from the compensation you have been awarded, and this will be a percentage of the payout. Of course, you will have agreed this with your solicitor beforehand and it will be put in writing – they cannot simply take whatever they want. And, if you do not win any compensation, this means that the solicitor does not take any payment from you.
This payment structure is beneficial for so many different reasons, but the most obvious benefit is that you will never be out of pocket if you make a claim. You are offered full financial protection. You won’t find yourself in a situation whereby your case has lost yet you still have a solicitor to pay. There are other advantages worth thinking about too. This includes the fact that anyone can claim, irrespective of what his or her current financial situation is. Not only this, but you know that your solicitor is going to be accountable for the service they are providing you with. For more information on No Win, No Fee personal injury solicitors in London or anywhere else in the UK, call us today. We know that you may wish to compare No Win, No Fee solicitors, but you won’t find better than ours.
There are many different reasons why you should choose Accident Claims UK over the other competitors in the industry. This includes the following…
We put our customers first. This is something we have noticed is very rare in the personal claims industry, but we hope that you will see that it is never a rarity with us. Not only is this represented by our No Win, No Fee approach, but also the fact that we are set on claiming the highest compensation possible for our claimants. And, most importantly, we understand that you have gone through an awful time and we want you to focus on getting better – we don’t want to stress you out with the claims process, which is why we aim to secure compensation in the most efficient manner possible for you.
We have years of experience of the industry. We have handled thousands and thousands of claims over the years, including many claims for people that have experienced accidents in a public place. You will see that we have an impeccable reputation in the industry, and you only need to read the comments that our previous customers have left to see that this is the case. Not only this, but we will provide you with one of our accident claims solicitors that has at least 30 years of specialist experience with claims similar to yours. This should give you full peace of mind and assurance when working with us.
You can claim for any type of accident in a public place with Accident Claims UK. We are proud to offer free legal advice, which means you can call us today for more information on public liability and claiming for accidents in public places. We will happily answer any queries you have, and there is no obligation to continue with our service. So, how do you speak with a member of our team? It’s easy; just call 0800 073 8801 at any time that suits you. Yes, that’s right, you can call at 2.00 am on Sunday morning or 4 pm on Thursday afternoon and we will be available to take your call. There are other ways to get in touch too. We offer a free call back service. Just enter your details via the form on our homepage. We also have a popular live chat feature on our website too for instant messaging, or you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our email is manned on weekdays only, and we aim to get back to you within three hours if you have contacted us from Monday – Friday.
This takes you to the UK Government website. You will be able to enter your postcode so that you are taken to the relevant council for your area. This is advisable for anyone that has been injured on a pavement or road and deems his or her local council responsible for what has happened.
A guide to claiming compensation against the local council get free advice on compensation amounts.