Accident in a park claim
Parks are part of the environment which are used by many people every day for leisure and relaxation. During lockdown, their importance to the welfare of the nation came to the fore. Used by young and old, and people from all walks of life, they are often seen as the lungs of the city, where people can come to breath.
Millions of people use parks every week without incident. However, sometimes injuries occur in public parks.
See an example of how Levenes’ personal injury claim solicitors were able to help.
What sorts of accidents happen in parks
Common accidents in parks include: –
- Accidents due to defective play equipment.
- Accidents due to poorly maintained footpaths and grounds.
- Accidents due to failure to maintain trees.
Who is responsible?
Most parks are maintained by the local council. They have a duty to take such care as is reasonable for the safety of persons who visit the park.
The local council should regularly inspect the park. Play equipment should be inspected and checked regularly for health and safety. Trees should also be inspected and any branches that show signs of disease should be removed. Potholes on footpaths should be repaired reasonably promptly.
Common injuries suffered in parks include:-
- Fractures and sprains due to tripping or falling into holes.
What to do after the accident
After an accident in a park, the priority is to get medical attention. You should also get evidence to support the case. This can include taking photographs of whatever defect caused the accident, making a note of the position of any CCTV cameras and promptly requesting CCTV and taking details of witnesses.
How much is my claim worth
What you can claim will depend on the nature and severity of the injuries and any financial losses you suffered. To assess the claim, medical evidence is obtained, and details are taken of your losses. You will be advised by your file handler of what you can claim and what evidence is needed to pursue those claims.
Time limits to make a claim
The time limit to make a claim is 3 years from the date of the accident. Where the injured person is under 18 at the time of the accident, the 3 year time period starts on their 18th birthday. We strongly recommend that claims are made as soon as possible whilst the events are fresh in the mind. The longer your claim is delayed, the less likely are the council to accept that you have a valid claim.
How long does the compensation claim process take
Once we have obtained all the details of the case from you and agreed to take on your case, we will put forward your claim against the council. Depending on the council’s response, the claim may take just a few months to resolve, and many cases do not have to go to court. In the case of more complex cases and serious injury, or cases where liability is denied, the claim is likely to take longer.
Why choose Levenes?
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.