Accidents in a Public Place


All Councils, shop owners and other owners of property to which the public have access have a legal duty to ensure all reasonable steps are taken to avoid accidents and injury to members of the public, and are required by law to have in place Public Liability Insurance.

If you or a member of your family are suffering from a Personal Injury caused by an accident in a public place, because the land or premises were dangerous, you may have a public liability claim. Personal injuries can happen as a result of various incidences, common accidents reported are tripping on uneven or broken paving, or on an object sticking out from the ground, falling or stepping into an uncovered pot hole, slipping on a wet floor or produce in a shop or cafe, pub or nightclub or faulty gym equipment.

Definitions of Public Places

The term public places could include streets, sports stadiums, railway lines or stations, highways, shops, shopping centres, parks, play grounds, schools, other education establishments, gyms, pubs, nightclubs, hotels, a neighbour’s property – this is a non-exhaustive list and you should report any accident as soon as possible.

Accidents in public places you may be able claim compensation for include:

  • Burns and scalds in restaurants or on aircraft – or from hot water taps not clearly marked
  • Dog bite injuries in parks, on the public highway or on private property.
  • Electric shocks or burns from electric fences, tracks or wiring not signposted.
  • Falling scaffolding or masonry injuries in public places.
  • Falls from staircases and steps in public or private buildings.
  • Leisure injuries such as horse riding accident injuries.
  • Leisure park and fairground accident injuries.
  • Lift, elevator or escalator injuries.
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