Accidents in a Public Place
All manner of accidents occur in public places. Whilst perhaps the most common are trips, slips and falls, accidents can take place in a variety of different ways. Owners of property have a legal duty to maintain the safety of lawful visitors to their property and if an accident could have been avoided you might be entitled to damages as a result.
Whether you have tripped on a paving slab or slipped in the supermarket, we can advise you on the merits of your claim and act on your behalf to get the best possible outcome. We will gather witness evidence about the accident circumstances, as well as medical evidence from suitable experts who can comment on the extent and long-term impact of any injuries.
Even if you believe you may have contributed in some way to your accident, you may still be entitled to compensation provided we can show that someone else was partly to blame. It is important to speak to us as soon as you can to ensure the timely gathering of witness evidence that will help your case.
Examples of slips, trips and falls in public places:
- Supermarket spillages
- Falls on icy pavements
- Trips on uneven paths or road surfaces
- Falls in a hospital, shop, leisure centre or train station
Most property is covered by public liability insurance meaning most claims are directed towards an insurance company rather than the individual property owner.
Public property such as a footpath or road is usually maintained by the Local Authority and any accident arising as a result of defects are made against the council. The Local Authority has a statutory duty to maintain and upkeep public roads and footpaths.
Our Accidents and Injuries team is experienced in dealing with claims of this nature and liaising with insurance companies to pursue claims successfully. We were delighted to welcome Sara Westwood and Simon Bransby, formerly at Morgan Jones Pett, into the Hatch Brenner team in October 2020.
Please contact one of the team to discuss your specific requirements.
Morgan Jones Pett have joined the Hatch Brenner Solicitors team.