Public Liability

Public liability is the duty of care a person or company owning or being responsible for a public area has to ensure it is safe for public use. For example, Supermarkets have a duty to make sure their premises are safe, as do Local Councils who must make sure that pavements and roads are maintained and that any issues are rectified in a timely manner.

The majority of these injuries can be attributed to potholes, dangerous footpaths and pavements and untreated surfaces and there is a responsibility that these are monitored and any defects are rectified in a timely manner to minimise risk.

A public liability claim is a process where, if you have had an accident or have suffered a personal injury on public property, you make a claim on the public liability policy of the owner. 

A claim for compensation after an accident in a public place must be made within three years of the accident taking place. We will need to prove that the accident was the fault of those responsible for the public space or someone employed by them.

We offer to act in these cases on a No Win No Fee basis and a charge is ordinarily only payable should we succeed in recovering a financial benefit on your behalf.

There are many types of accidents or injuries that could lead to a public liability claim. These include:
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Accidents inside supermarkets or shopping centres
  • Accidents in schools or car parks
  • Defective stairwells
  • Injuries from falling objects
  • Obstructions on the road or trip hazards

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