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Accidents in Public Places

Claim compensation for injuries sustained in a public place

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If you have been injured whilst you were in a public place, such as a shop, street, restaurant, or gym, you may have grounds to claim compensation.

Depending on where you were, and how your accident happened, there could be all kinds of people, businesses, or organisations responsible for keeping you safe (as a member of the public) at that time and place. And if something they did (or didn’t do) resulted in your injury, they may be held liable to compensate you for all the harm they have caused.

This might sound complicated – and at times it can be – but with the right legal support, you can be certain of your rights and that your claim is in the best possible hands.

Truth Legal has a dedicated team of personal injury specialists. Our expert lawyers have helped a great many people claim the compensation they deserve after a personal injury.

Get in touch with us today for a free initial consultation to discuss your situation.

What is meant by an ‘accident in a public place’?

There are many different accidents which could give rise to this type of claim. These include:

  • Slips, trips, and falls – for example, slipping in a supermarket, tripping on a defect in the footpath, or falling in a gym
  • Being hit by a falling object or an object which hasn’t been properly secured – such as an item falling from scaffolding, or a loose sign or awning
  • Sports injuries
  • Dog bites

Public places are generally anywhere to which the public has access – whether as paying guests/customers or not. As such, they can include:

  • Shops
  • Supermarkets
  • Public footpaths and pavements
  • Bars and restaurants
  • Gyms
  • Stadiums and other sports venues
  • Railway stations
  • Airports
  • Hotels
  • Tourist attractions
  • Cinemas and theatres
  • Offices
  • Banks

The legal side of making a claim

When someone is injured through the negligence of another, the person who is injured often has the legal right to claim compensation from them.

With an accident in a public place, a person, company, or other organisation (e.g. a local authority) who has allowed people onto their land or premises is under certain legal obligations to those people. Similarly, anyone who is in a position by which their conduct could foreseeably harm a member of the public (such as a worker on scaffolding above a street) will also have legal obligations.

All of them must take reasonable steps to protect the safety of the people they could potentially injure. Allowing hazards to exist, without taking appropriate action, is a major way in which they can fail in their legal duties.

For example, a supermarket might leave discarded packaging lying around, airport staff might mop a floor without putting up a warning sign, or a gym might leave an exercise machine in a dangerous state.

All of these create hazards which could cause injury. And if you have been injured because not enough was done to prevent or minimise these safety risks, you will have a strong basis for making a personal injury claim against those responsible.

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Accidents in Public Places Q&A

How much compensation will I receive for an accident in a public place?2023-06-23T08:00:39+01:00

Compensation for a personal injury is based upon extent of the harm you have suffered – and includes consideration of how your life has been affected.

This means that many circumstances have to be taken into account to accurately value the injury compensation awards you might expect.

When you instruct Truth Legal, our expert lawyers will value your personal injury claim as soon as they have the information to do so. This ensures that you have an accurate valuation, which is founded upon your unique circumstances.

What can I include as part of my compensation claim?2023-06-23T08:01:40+01:00

The injury element of a claim is usually the main part of it, but alongside this, you can claim for many other losses and expenses that you have incurred as a result of your injuries.

Although there are many different kinds of additional loss, some common examples are:

  • Loss of earnings
  • Medical expenses and treatment costs
  • Travel expenses
  • Care and assistance

You may also be able to claim for losses which you have not incurred at present but are anticipated to happen in future because of your injuries. For example, if the consequences of your injury mean you will have to retire early, this could support a claim for future loss of earnings.

If you would like to know more about the different kinds of loss which may be included in a personal injury claim, you can download our free ebook: The Ultimate Personal Injury Compensation Guide.

How long do I have to make a claim?2023-08-17T11:02:20+01:00

All personal injury claims have time limits placed upon them. If you do not make a claim within this time, it can prevent you from claiming.

In general, you must make your personal injury claim within 3 years of the date of the accident.

However, there are rules which can change the time limit. So, if you are worried you have left it too long, it is still worth seeking advice.  Whatever your situation, if you are thinking of bringing a personal injury claim, it is always best to seek legal advice as soon as possible.

Can I make a ‘No Win No Fee’ claim for an accident in a public place?2023-06-23T08:02:57+01:00

Truth Legal is committed to helping as many people as possible access the justice they deserve. This means we will always try to offer a ‘No Win, No Fee’ Agreement as the means of funding personal injury claims.

A ‘No Win, No Fee’ Agreement can provide you with peace of mind as, in the vast majority of cases, you will not have to pay our fees if we are unsuccessful in securing compensation for you.

With a successful outcome, some of our fees are paid by a portion of your compensation award, and the majority of our fees will then be paid by your employer’s insurers. This is the normal way in which ‘No Win No Fee’ Agreements operate.

How your claim is funded will always be explained to you in detail before it begins.

Why choose Truth Legal?

Choosing your legal representatives when making a claim is an important decision.

You need to be sure that your lawyers have the skills and experience to achieve the best possible result for you, and are people whom you can trust.

Truth Legal’s specialist personal injury lawyers have extensive experience and proven success with all kinds of personal injury claim. And we are committed to providing a top-quality legal service; our excellent ratings on TrustPilot and reviewsolicitors show how successfully we deliver on this promise for our clients.

When you instruct us, we provide:

  • A free initial consultation – to discuss your circumstances.
  • Specialist technical knowledge and experience – so you can rest assured that your case is in the best hands.
  • Practical advice – tailored to your situation.
  • Strong representation – fighting for the compensation and outcome you deserve.
  • Support and compassion – friendly, knowledgeable professionals on your side through a difficult time.


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