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Accident in a Public Place

Accidents which happen in a public place are quite common. Shopping centres, supermarkets, airports, schools, playgrounds, railway stations, cinemas, theatres, pubs and car parks are just some of the public places where accidents occur from time to time.

If you are injured in a public place, then you may be able to make a claim if the accident was the fault of the person, company or organisation who was in control of the area where the accident occurred.


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What is a public place?

Public places are anywhere where the general public are entitled to be and includes the highway as well as private premises of the sort listed above.

Who is responsible?

As we go about our daily lives, we spend time in a variety of public places, such as parks, streets, shops etc.

We expect to be able to do so safely and not suffer injury. When you go in to a shop, for example, you expect that the floor will be reasonably safe. You do not expect products to fall off the shelves.

It is duty of the occupier of the premises to ensure, as far as reasonably possible, that the premises are safe for person legally entitled to be there.

This may be a large corporation in the case of a shopping centre, or the local council in relation to a public park or the highway or a small business running a corner shop.

They all have the same duty, to ensure that the premises are safe as far as possible.

The law does not require an absolute guarantee of safety. The occupier has to take reasonable care.

If you have had an accident in a public place, we can help you claim compensation.

We can advise you on who might be responsible and pursue your claim for you.

You have nothing to lose by getting in touch and we will assess your claim.

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Steps to take after an accident in a public place


The most obvious thing to do is to get urgent medical attention and we assume that you have done that.

It will help your case if you have done the following:

Report the accident at the time to whoever is in control of the premises and ask them to make a written record of what happened.
Make your own notes as soon as you can and date your note so that you can produce it later.
Take photographs of the scene of the accident and your injuries and video footage if you can.
Make a note of whether there were any CCTV cameras in the location where the accident occurred. It will be important to request the footage quickly before it is deleted.
Make a note of any witnesses.
Take measurements if you tripped due to a defect on the highway.

Every year we help to win compensation for many clients who have suffered injury in public places. Call us now to find out if you can claim.

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Compensation claim for accidents in public places

There are a range of claims you can make as follows:

Pain, Suffering and Loss of Amenity
Loss of earnings
Medical treatment
Physiotherapy and other therapies
Care and Assistance
Travel Expenses

These are some of the sorts of claims you can make, and we will advise you on what you can claim in your case and how much.

Time limits to make a claim

There is a time limit of 3 years in most cases to make a claim after an accident in a public place.

The rules are different if the victim is a child. The period of 3 years only starts to run when the child is 18.

If you suffer an accident when you are “airside” in an airport, for example if you have got through security and then slip in a shop when you are waiting to board your flight, the time limit is only 2 years and this applies to children too. The same rule applies to accidents on ferries.

Although these time limits are generous, we recommend that you do not delay because the sooner we can work on your case, the better the chance of success.

Why choose Levenes?

Focused solely on helping personal injury victims

We work diligently for our clients to help them put their lives back together and at the same time obtain the maximum compensation. With us on your side, you can expect:

  • Over 100 years of combined experience – We have proven results; we are lawyers who fight for you with a record of success.
  • Strong litigators – We are not afraid to take your case to court if we have to. We stand up for the rights of the injured and not for the rights of the big corporations.
  • Empathy – We pride ourselves on our compassion and understanding and we are easy to talk to. We always put your interest first and we treat you as our family.
  • A personal approach – Your case will be handled directly by one our partners with support from our team of lawyers.
  • A tailor-made approach – Every client is treated individually and not as a number, to achieve the best possible result that you deserve.
  • Clear communication – We talk to you in a down to earth way. We avoid legal jargon unless it cannot be avoided, and if so, we explain things clearly and simply.
  • Maximum compensation – We have the courage to fight for what you are entitled to.
  • Full attention – We have the resources to focus on every detail of the case and consider every angle. We do not spread ourselves too thinly – you deserve our full attention.

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