Accidents In Public Places

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Injured in a public place?

If your accident happened in a public place and the land or building is owned by someone, or a company or the local authority and they have public liability insurance, you may be able to make a claim.

Owners of shops, restaurants, supermarkets, other buildings or land are required to ensure you are safe when visiting. If they fail to ensure you will be safe, you will have good grounds to make a claim.

We recovered £2350 for our client who was injured when a chair collapsed beneath him. Read the full story here.
We helped a client claim £11,500 after they tripped on a public footpath. Read the full story here.


What to do if you have an accident in a public place
  1. Write down exactly where the accident happened, the time and the date.
  2. Take photographs of what caused your accident. Take photographs from different angles, take a few close up and then stand back to show the area in the wider context. If you tripped due to a pothole, stand a spirit level or piece of wood over the top of the hole and stand a ruler in the hole. Take a photograph showing the measurements on the ruler. If you were injured due to a rocking paving slab, take a video showing it rocking and how it caused you to fall. If you were injured due to a sign falling and hitting you in a shop or in the street, take a photograph of the sign. If you were injured sitting on a chair in a restaurant that has collapsed, take a photograph of the chair. Gather as much evidence as you can.
  3. If the public place has an Accident Book, ask for your accident to be recorded. If they do not have an Accident Book, ask for the details of who you can report the accident to.
  4. Keep names and addresses of any witnesses to your accident.


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I had an accident in an unlit services car park. My solicitor was great and got me the money I deserved.

Julie Sim

How much compensation will I be awarded for my injury?

This all depends on the nature, severity and period of time you suffered from your injury, any ongoing problems and any permanent damage. Click here, or on the link below to use our Claim Calculator to see how much your injury may be worth. .

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Allison Pepper

Associate Director & Road Traffic Accident Solicitor

Maria Pilkington

Director & Personal Injury Solicitor

Angela Cross

Personal Injury Solicitor Advocate

Kathryn Bull

Personal Injury Senior Litigator