Why Make A Public Liability Claim?
Claiming Public Liability Compensation
If you have an Accident in a public place, under English Law, you can generally only recover compensation for injuries and associated financial losses if you can show that someone else was at fault and was negligent and that this negligence caused loss and damage to you. If you have had an accident and suffered personal injury on public property or public land, you may be entitled to make a public liability claim.
You can claim compensation for heads of damages including but not limited to:
Different types of Public Liability claims include but are not limited to:
We have helped clients with personal injuries as a result of Public Liability claims ranging from soft tissue injuries and lacerations to broken bones in a variety of circumstances.
Public Liability Frequently Asked Questions
Providing the person or company at fault for your injuries has public liability insurance, this insurance policy would pay compensation if liability is admitted.
Each public liability claim is different. The length of the claim depends on several factors including whether or not liability is admitted and the nature of the injuries.
If you have an accident due to public liability, it is advisable to contact a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible to discuss making a claim. In England and Wales, there is a time limit of three years from the date of accident to make a claim for injury. Once this date has passed, you may not be able to claim compensation. There are some claims that have a shorter limitation. If you have suffered an injury and believe you may have a public liability claim, do not delay seeking legal advice on the same.
Where a person is suffers a personal injury through the negligence of another person or party and seeks to bring a claim for compensation, if a claim is defended by insurers or liability admitted but an agreement not reached on the level of compensation to be awarded, the claim would usually need to proceed through the Courts. In some circumstances, if the case was unsuccessful at court, the person bringing the claim may be personally liable for the Defendant’s legal costs. If you have an after the event insurance policy, providing the claim is brought honestly, the policy would cover the Defendant’s costs and prevent you from paying the same personally.
What Does The Public Liability Process Look Like?
Our dedicated legal professionals are available to guide you through each step of your claim and to answer any questions you may have as well as providing their advice. If you suffer an injury through public liability, always ensure the accident is reported to staff or the owner. Request the accident is recorded in the Accident book. Ensure that the recorded description of the accident is in your own words. If possible, take photographs of the accident scene. If you suffer injury due to a pothole or an uneven pavement, take a photograph of the defect with a 50 pence piece on its side next to the defect so that the height of the defect can be seen. If there are any witnesses to the accident, ask if they would be a witness and make a record of their contact details. If required seek medical attention. It is important you keep a record of any expenses incurred as a direct result of the injury.
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