Claiming compensation for an accident in a public place and how we can help

An accident in a public place can be sudden and leave you in a state of shock. When going about our day-to-day life, walking down the street, shopping or out in a bar the last thing we are concerned about is becoming injured due to someone else’s negligence. We understand how an unexpected injury can result in serious, even if only temporary changes in your daily life and finances.

Whilst we appreciate it can be easy to blame yourself for your accident, however, it is the responsibility of the business owner or local authority to keep you safe. If they have failed this duty of care then you could be eligible to make a personal compensation claim for the injury you have suffered.

Sustaining an injury may leave you feeling frustrated due to the pain restricting you from continuing your daily routines making the recovery process even more difficult to cope with.

Alongside this, you may have had to have time off work, meaning you are receiving no or reduced pay. Due to your injury creating additional expenses such as rehabilitation, medication etc. as well as your usual wage coming in the financial pressure on you and your loved ones can build up unnecessary stress.

This is where compensation can help, by helping cover the cost of additional expenses. Claiming compensation can help you focus on your recovery. Contact our team today and find out how we can help you take the first step.

All our calls are on a free, confidential and on a no-obligation basis, so if you are unsure, have more questions or want to get the ball rolling our legal advice team is here for you, just call on 08000 250 250 or fill our online form and we can call you back.

What types of public accidents can I claim for?

A public accident can happen just about anywhere, however, we have listed a few examples below:

  • Supermarket accidents – e.g. unmarked hazards in aisles such as a spillage
  • Accidents at work – e.g. when health and safety procedures have not correctly been complied with
  • Pedestrian accidents – e.g. due to poorly maintained pavements
  • An accident involving a child – e.g. whilst at nursery or school

If your experiences don’t match any of the above circumstances then it doesn’t mean we cannot help. It is likely we can still help you claim the compensation you deserve if you have sustained an injury in the last 3 years due to an accident that wasn’t your fault.

If you have been involved in an accident then we advise, if possible to do so, to report your incident to a relevant member of staff or the owner, this way they can record the accident and injury.

How do I know if my accident was someone else’s fault?

We understand that knowing who was at fault for a slip, trip or fall can be difficult, especially because there is often no one around. However, it is a legal requirement for all business owners and local authorities to ensure you are kept safe, failing to do so will mean they have acted negligently towards their duty of care owed to you and other members of the public.

What is the duty of care?

It is the duty of the owner of the premises you are in/on to ensure you are safe, meaning they must comply with the laws and regulations regarding health and safety to ensure the risk of you or other members of the public is low.

For example this could include:

  • Ensuring spillages are properly signposted and cleaned up in a reasonable timeframe
  • Making sure there are no hazards in walkways such as obstacles like boxes
  • Ensuring there is adequate lighting

Similarly, the local authority or Highways Agency have a duty to ensure public pavements/walkways are properly maintained as when pavements become loose or cracked an injury could occur.

If your accident feels wrong and you feel like the duty of care owed to you has been neglected then contact us today. Contacting our legal advice team is free, confidential and under no-obligation, so you don’t need to worry about feeling rushed or pressured into claiming, we will simply advise you of your options so you can make an informed decision.

How compensation can help you

Although no amount of money can take away the pain and suffering you and your loved ones have endured from your injury it can help ease some of the additional stresses by helping to cover injury-related expenses.

We don’t just look at your injury whilst negotiating your compensation, we will also look to cover the impacts your injury has had on all aspects of yours and your families’ lives such as:

  • Loss of earnings
  • Future loss of earnings
  • Adaptations made to your home and/or vehicle
  • Medical expenses including treatment, medication, rehabilitation
  • Effects on hobbies and/or your social life
  • Other additional expenses e.g. travel expenses
  • Care received, even if it was provided by a family member

As we assess all cases on an individual basis we, unfortunately, cannot provide a final settlement figure at this stage. However, if you wish to find out an estimated amount you could receive for your injury then try our claims compensation calculator.

How Direct Solicitors are confident we can help you

As well as our proven success rate in obtaining thousands in compensation settlements for personal injury claims all across the UK, our customer satisfaction goes beyond that. We at Direct Solicitors, feel it is important for everyone to have access to the advice they need when it comes to their legal rights and know what they deserve after an accident.

We feel it is unfair for anybody who has been injured, as a result of an accident, that wasn’t their fault to be left uncompensated especially when there are so many factors of life it can impact on physical, mental and financial.

If you have suffered due to someone else’s negligence of any type, it is important you seek legal advice. That’s why our initial consultations are free, tailored to your circumstances and you are under no-obligation.

If you want to make a claim or just want to discuss your experiences and find out your options then contact our legally trained team of advisors today on 08000 250 250.

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