Accidents in Public
Had an accident in a public place?
– Claiming Compensation for an Accident in Public
All companies and organisations have a duty of care to people who visit their premises, including employees from other companies and members of the public. Those responsible for business premises must take all reasonable measures to assess and reduce if not remove risks to the health and safety of visitors, to ensure they aren’t in danger of injury while visiting any part of the premises.
Councils also have a responsibility to make sure that all roads, pavements and bridle paths are well-maintained and clear of defects to avoid accidents.
Examples of Accidents and Injuries in Public Places
Children are often prone to suffering accidents, but on occasions where someone else’s negligence or a lack of proper safety measures caused or was partially responsible for an accident, you could be entitled to claim compensation. If your child has sustained an injury in public, such as in a park, shopping Centre, school or nursery, contact Simply Legal as soon as possible.
If your accident takes place on publicly owned land or a council property, you may be able to seek compensation from the local authority. In order to be successful in your claim, you must be able to prove that the person responsible for maintaining the land was negligent in their duty. For example, a bad pavement.
Shops and supermarkets can be hazardous places if rigorous health and safety standards aren’t maintained. For example, if a product is spilled onto the floor and not cleaned up or ‘wet floor’ signs aren’t put out during cleaning, it’s easy for someone to slip and fall. Similarly, injuries can happen due to broken glass or falling objects.
Slips, Trips and Falls
These incidents can happen for a number of reasons, from a poorly maintained pavement that has been neglected by the local authority, to a tripping hazard such as a loose cable being left out in a shop.
Public Road and Pavement Defects
Injuries caused by uneven pavements, road surfaces and potholes are some of the most common accidents in the UK. Generally the roads and pavements are maintained by a local highways authority which has a responsibility to ensure that the roads are properly maintained in a reasonable condition. The busier the road or pavement the more resources should be committed to maintaining them in a reasonable condition.