How To Claim Compensation For An Accident In A Public Place? – December 2020 Update

By James Vincent. Last Updated 17th December 2020.

Have you been injured after an accident in a public place? Did a negligent third party cause your public place accident? If so, then you might be searching for a personal injury solicitor who could handle your claim. 

Throughout this online guide, we will discuss the claims process in greater detail. In doing so, we will address the following questions:

  • What factors could cause an accident in a public place?
  • Who is responsible for republic places?
  • Could I take legal action after a public place accident?
  • Would my claim have to be made within a specific timeframe?
  • Can a personal injury solicitor offer to handle my claim?

If you can provide evidence that outlines how a third party has breached it’s the duty of care and caused your accident in a public place, then you could have grounds to make a claim. Here at Accident Claims UK, we have many years of experience in the industry helping those affected by negligence. So, if you would like to discuss your potential case in greater detail, why not reach out and speak to our team? One of our advisers would be more than happy to talk with you. The number to call is 0800 073 8801

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A guide to claiming compensation for public place accidents

Accidents can happen almost anywhere, and various determinants can cause them. For example, an accident in a public place, such as a park, could be caused by a negligent third party that has failed to adhere to their responsibilities. In return, their negligence could result in:

  • Slips, trips and falls.
  • Pavement or property defects.
  • Potholes.
  • Insufficient lighting
Accident in public place

Accident in public place

No matter what type of accident you have been involved in, if it was not your fault, we could help you and your claim. Throughout this guide, you will find all of the information you need about making compensation claims. More specifically, this guide will include details on how much compensation you could receive, how to make a claim, common public accidents, and much more.

In the meantime, if you happen to have any queries regarding your case or the content within this guide, please feel free to contact us by calling the number at the top of this page. One of our advisers would be more than happy to speak with you and answer any questions you may have.

Who is responsible for an accident in a public place?

When discussing an accident in a public place, it is essential to acknowledge that the owner/operator can vary from location to location. For instance, if the accident happened on council property or publicly owned land, your local authority would be responsible. However, if the accident occurred while in a supermarket, the supermarket owner would be accountable for the damages, making them liable.

If you are not sure about who is responsible for the place where you were injured, call our team and help.

The claims process and procedure

In order to make a claim, it is crucial to gather as much evidence as possible. Thankfully, there are various forms of evidence you can collect to support your accident in a public place claim, such as:

  • Photographs: This involves taking photos at the scene, as well as pictures of your injuries, if they are visible, of course. 
  • Notes: You should also note everything that happened as soon as you can so that you do not forget anything important. 
  • Contact Information: Get the contact details of anyone that witnessed the incident unfold.

Steps To Consider After An Accident In A Public Place

It is also wise to report the accident to the perpetrator. For example, you could inform the local council or the supermarket owner if the accident happened on their property. By registering the accident to the perpetrator, they are required to document the incident in an accident log. This can help to strengthen your case.

Finally, keep documentation of all of the costs you have been subject to because of your injuries, such as:

  • Travel costs
  • Loss of income
  • Replacement costs
  • Medical expenses

Securing compensation for injuries suffered during a public accident

To secure compensation, you need to prove three things to be true. These are as follows:

  1. The accident was the fault of someone else.
  2. The accident happened in the last three years.
  3. You have received medical attention for your injuries.

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 (under the age of 18) has been injured in a public place, you could claim on their behalf as a litigation friend. Alternatively, if no claim is made, then the limitation period would begin on the child 18th birthday – meaning they would have 3-years to make a claim.
  • 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 visiting the gym, at a sports match, or while in a training session, you could 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 are responsible for stopping 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: slips, trips and falls. There are various ways accidents of this nature 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. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) state that there are three common causes of slips, trips and falls, which are the following:

    • Obstructed or cluttered pathways.
    • Insufficient housekeeping.
    • Poorly designed and maintained areas.

As we previously mentioned, various types of injuries could be caused by a public place accident. Therefore, if we have failed to address the circumstances that caused your incident, please do not worry. All you have to do is reach out and speak to our team. One of our advisers would be more than happy to talk with you.

Do you always need to go to court to get compensation?

Understandably, you may question whether your claim will go to court. The short answer to this question is ‘no’ – all cases are different. We aim to secure compensation for an accident in a public place without going to court because we want the process to be efficient, stress-free, and easy.

Although this outcome is highly unlikely, it is worth noting that there are cases whereby court action is a necessity. Thankfully, our personal injury solicitors can advise you throughout this process, assisting you every step of the way.

Local councils liability and responsibility

The City Council must carry out safety measures in the places they are responsible for, which may include a vast majority of places, such as parks, gardens and play areas. However, should the city council fail to adhere to their lawful obligations to health and safety, then the likelihood of an accident may increase.

If you are involved in a public place accident due to the city council’s negligence, a personal injury solicitor could help you make a claim for the damages you’ve endured. For example, if a road or pavement that falls under the council’s jurisdiction has been poorly maintained or not looked after correctly, hazardous issues such a raised kerbstones, potholes, or obstructions going unnoticed. In return, this could cause an innocent individual to injure themself.

So, if the city councils negligence has caused you to suffer, then you could have grounds to make a claim for the damages you’ve endured. You could also make a claim 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.

How to start making your personal injury claim

If you want to 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.

Personal injury in a public place compensation calculator

Understandably, you may question how much compensation you could be awarded, should you choose to take legal action. When seeking compensation for damages caused by a negligent third party, there are various factors to consider. For instance, the amount of compensation you could be awarded will take into account any financial loss, the severity of the injury, on-going symptoms, and the psychological impact you’ve endured.

To offer insight into the compensation process, we have included a table with the Judicial College Guidelines’ statistics. The table has been included for example purposes only.

Type of injury that has been sustainedHow severe is the injury?Typical payout amountExtra notes
Knee injuriesModerate£13,920 to £24,580An injury of this nature would result in dislocation, torn cartilage, or meniscus - resulting in instability, weakness, or another other mild future disability.
Knee injuriesSevere£65,440 to £90,290A serious knee injury would have taken place that caused a disruption to the joint. In doing so, this would effect the development of osteoarthritis, grossing ligament damaged, and result in great pain and loss.
Leg injuriesSevere£225,960 to £264,650Within this bracket, compensation would be an appreciate award to those who hae lost both legs above the knee. The amount of compensation awarded will also take into account the severity of phantom pains.
Back injurySevere£85,470 to £151,070There 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. Most commonly, the damage to the spinal cord and nerve roots will result in lasting consequences, such as a loss of independence, impaired bowel, bladder and sexual function.
Back injuryModerate£11,730 to £26,050There are a number of factors that will impact the payout awarded, such as the disturbance of ligaments and muscles. Prolonged acceleration and/or exacerbation of a pre-existing condition.
Neck injurySevere In the region of £139,210The payout you will receive depends on the permanent side effects, on-going pain, and the severity of the break.
Neck injuryModerate£23,460 to £36,120The payout you will receive depends on the on-going pain, loss of motor movement, and the damage suffered.
Brain damageModerate£40,410 to £85,150Cases of this nature would result in a contention and memory deficit, which would also reduce the individual's ability to work. A small risk of epilepsy will also be present.
Brain damageSevere£264,650 to £379,100Within this bracket, it would include the loss of basic commands, mobility, life expectancy, and the presence of epilepsy would be significant. 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£304,630 to £379,100This 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 could still make a claim. You can claim for any type of accident in a public place so long as you can provide evidence to outline that 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.

No win no fee claims for an accident in a public place

For many, finding affordable legal representation can be a stressful and daunting experience. Still, here at Accident Claims UK, we believe that everybody should have access to legal representation and the opportunity to seek the justice they deserve. It is for that reason why our personal injury solicitors operate on a No Win No Fee basis.

With us, all of our claims are 100 per cent No Win, No Fee. For those who are unfamiliar with such legal services, we will explain how this works. When a legal service is provided under the No Win No Fee agreement, this means you’d have access to the following benefits:

  • There are no upfront payments. Instead, you will fund the legal service once the claim has been settled. 
  • You will never be out of pocket if you make a claim. 
  • Under the agreement, you are offered full financial protection — meaning that you won’t find yourself in a situation whereby your case has lost yet you still have a solicitor to pay.

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 on this with your solicitor beforehand, and it will be put in writing – meaning they cannot take whatever they want. And, if you do not win any compensation, this means that the solicitor does not take any payment from you.

There are other advantages worth thinking about too. This includes the fact that anyone can claim, irrespective of what their 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, call us today.

Why use Accident Claims UK to make a personal injury claim?

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. We have noticed this 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. Most importantly, we understand that you have gone through an awful time and 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 in the industry. We have handled thousands of claims over the years, including many claims for people who 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 have 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.

Contact our team today

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 public liability information and claiming accidents in public places. We will happily answer any queries you have, and there is no obligation to continue with our service.

Our personal injury claims team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to speak with you. We look forward to hearing from you.

So, how do you speak with a member of our team? It’s easy. Just use one of the following methods to reach our team. 

  • Telephone0800 073 8801
  • Online Form: Please click here to enquire online using our online form.
  • Live Chat: Click the icon on the right side of the page to speak with an adviser.
  • Email: why not send us an email to office@accidentclaims.co.uk. Our email is operated on Monday – Friday, and we aim to get back to you within three hours.

Useful links

We are now in the final section of our accident in a public place guide. We hope you have found it useful. Now that you have read our guide, you might consider searching for additional resources to further your understanding of the claims process. If that is the case, then look no further.

Below, we have included some additional resources for you to browse through and further your understanding. We have also included a Frequently Asked Questions section, which should be extremely informative. As always, if you happen to have any questions, please do not refrain from contacting our team. We would be more than happy to address any issues you may have. 

Accident in a Public Place (FAQ)

Is it worth making a claim for a public place accident?

In the event you have suffered due to a third parties negligence, then it may be worth seeking compensation for the damages you’ve endured. After all, why should you be made to cover the cost and suffer due to someone else’s fault?

What is the average payout for an accident in a public place claim?

Provided estimated compensation amounts can be extremely challenging, as each case takes into the unique circumstances at hand. Thankfully, our team are well versed in personal injury law, which means they can provide you with an estimated figure more aligned with your case. So, why not give us a call today?

Do I need a solicitor in my local area to handle my case?

In short, the answer is no. A solicitor could offer to handle your case, regardless of your location. In doing so, they’d keep in contact:

  • Over the phone.
  • Via email.
  • By sending written updates.
  • Or, by meeting face-to-face.

More Useful Guides on Accidents in a public place

Slip, Trip and Fall Guide – learn more about how to claim compensation for slip, trip and fall accidents that weren’t your fault. 

Pavement Accident Claims Guide – take a look at our guide to learn how a personal injury solicitor would offer to handle your pavement accident case.

Local Council Compensation Claim – has the city council breached their duty of care and caused you harm? Why not read our guide to learn more about claims of this nature. 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) – click the link to learn what you need to know about managing public safety, the risks, and the measures.

Updated:15th December 2020.