How Can Public Liability Claims Lawyers Help Me Claim Compensation?
In this guide, we explain how public liability claims lawyers could help you to seek compensation following an accident in a public place. There are several benefits of instructing legal representation, including assistance with gathering evidence to support your case and making sure your claim is brought forward within the relevant time limits. Read on to find out more about the services they could provide.
A compensation claim might be possible if the party in control of a public place caused you to suffer harm after breaching their duty of care with regard to your health and safety. We explore the eligibility criteria for making a personal injury claim later in this guide.
Also, you’ll read about the types of evidence that you could use to strengthen a public liability claim as well as the way in which compensation is calculated for successful cases.
Finally, we provide details of the No Win No Fee service provided by our lawyers which typically means you’re not required to pay any upfront or ongoing costs for them to work on your case.
To help you understand more about claims for public place accidents, you can ask one of our advisors to assess your case for free. To do so, you can:
- Call 0151 375 9916 to speak with us.
- Use our ‘Contact Us‘ page to tell us about your claim.
- Connect with one of our live chat advisors.
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- Why Use Public Liability Claims Lawyers To Help You Claim?
- What Is The Eligibility Criteria For Public Liability Claims?
- How Is Compensation Calculated In Public Liability Claims?
- What Types Of Evidence Could Help You Make A Public Liability Compensation Claim?
- Use Our No Win No Fee Public Liability Claims Lawyers
- More Resources For Personal Injury Claims
There are several benefits to instructing one of our public liability claims lawyers to represent you as they have years of extensive experience helping eligible claimants seek compensation.
If your claim is valid they could begin working on your case. Some of the services they can offer when doing so include:
- Helping to collect evidence to support your claim.
- Collecting witness statements to help prove liability.
- Ensuring that your claim is filed properly and on time.
- Calculating a compensation payout for you.
- Providing you with updates throughout the claims process.
- Handling negotiations regarding liability or settlement amounts on your behalf.
If you’d like to make a public liability claim with one of our expert lawyers, please call today.
The party in control of a public space, such as gyms, shopping centres, libraries, supermarkets, or leisure centres, need to take steps to ensure the reasonable safety of those visiting the space for its intended purpose. For example, they can carry out risk assessments to address a potential hazard that poses a risk of injury. This duty of care is laid out in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957.
Public liability claims may be possible following accidents in public places resulting in injuries. For example, you may slip, trip, or fall on a spill in a supermarket that wasn’t cleaned up or signposted in a timely manner. As a result, you sustain a head injury and shoulder injury.
However, a set of eligibility criteria need to be met for a claim to be valid. This means showing:
- You were owed a duty of care.
- This duty of care was breached.
- You suffered an injury due to the breach. This could be physical, psychological, or both.
If your case meets these criteria, one of our expert public liability claims lawyers could represent you and guide you through the different stages of the claims process.
Call today if you have any questions about public liability claims and how a lawyer could help you.
If you instruct one of our experienced public liability claims lawyers to represent you, they can help calculate your settlement and ensure you receive a fair payout.
Payouts awarded in successful public liability compensation claims can consist of up two heads of loss. The first is called general damages. This compensates for any physical and emotional pain and suffering caused by your injuries.
To get an in-depth overview of how badly your injuries are and to what extent they have affected you and are likely to affect you in the future, you may need to attend an independent medical assessment. If you instruct a lawyer to represent you, they can arrange this for you. Additionally, they can use the medical report generated from the assessment to help value general damages.
The medical report can be used alongside publications, such as the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG), which contains guideline award brackets for different injury types.
The table below contains figures from the JCG, apart from the first entry. You should only use the table as a guide because settlements for successful personal injury cases will vary depending on the specific case. As such, how much compensation you’re awarded will differ to the figures listed.
|Guideline Compensation Bracket
|Multiple Severe Injuries and Financial Losses
|Up to £250,000+
|Compensation for physical and psychological pain linked to multiple severe injuries. Also includes special damages to cover costs such as care and medical expenses, lost earnings and home modifications.
|£150,110 to £219,070
|Cases in this bracket involve a moderate to severe intellectual deficit, change in personality, effect on senses and a substantial epilepsy risk with no employment prospects.
|£54,830 to £87,890
|Very serious leg injuries that result in permanent mobility issues.
|Serious Damage to Both Hands
|£55,820 to £84,570
|Injuries in this bracket will give rise to a permanent cosmetic disability and significant function loss.
|£45,470 to £55,990
|Injuries leading to fractures, dislocations, or severe soft tissue damage with or without ruptured tendons causing a chronic condition.
|£39,170 to £54,830
|An elbow injury that is classed as severely disabling.
|£19,200 to £48,030
|These types of shoulder injuries are often associated neck injuries and involve brachial plexus damage.
|£19,200 to £39,170
|Significant disabilities but with a substantial recovery that has either already taken place or will be expected to take place.
|£14,840 to £26,190
|Dislocation, torn cartilage, or meniscus causing a mild future disability.
Claiming Financial Losses After An Accident In A Public Place
You could also receive special damages as part of your settlement following a successful public liability injury claim. This second head of loss compensates for any costs linked to your injuries.
For example, you could claim back the following costs:
- Domestic care and support costs.
- Loss of income.
- The cost of making changes to your home.
- Medical expenses.
- Travel expenses.
You should retain any relevant documentation that will prove these costs. This can include payslips, receipts, and invoices.
To learn more about how a public liability compensation claim is calculated, call our team today. You can receive a free estimate of your potential settlement to help you understand what you could be owed.
Evidence can support public liability claims as it can help prove that the accident happened because of a breach of duty and that this led to the injuries suffered. Some examples of evidence that you could gather include:
- Copies of your medical records showing any medical treatment you received, such as scans, test results, and doctor or hospital reports.
- A diary showing the physical and psychological impact of your injuries.
- The contact details of anybody who witnessed the accident in which you were injured.
- Photographs of the cause of the accident and any visible injuries.
- CCTV or mobile phone footage of the accident as it occurred.
- A copy of the incident report from the workplace accident book.
If your claim is taken on by one of our expert public liability claims lawyers, they can help you with gathering evidence to support your case. Additionally, they can ensure you case is brought forward and presented in full within the limitation period.
If you instruct one of our public liability claims lawyers, you can benefit from their helpful services without incurring an upfront cost or ongoing fees as they work on your case. This is because when you claim compensation they offer their services under No Win No Fee terms by providing a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
Other terms of a CFA include:
- If the claim fails, you don’t have to pay your solicitor for their work.
- A success fee is deducted from the compensation you receive as a percentage. However, this percentage has a legal cap ensuring you receive the majority of your settlement.
Contact our team if you have any other questions about starting a personal injury claim following an accident in a public place and whether you could instruct legal representation to help you. To get in touch, you can:
- Call 0151 375 9916 to speak with us.
- Use our ‘Contact Us‘ page to reach out to us.
- Connect with one of our live chat advisors.
Here are a few more of our guides relating to personal injury claims:
- Advice on what to do after an accident at work in which you suffered an injury and whether you could seek compensation.
- Details on when you can make a car accident claim if another road user breached their duty of care and caused you to suffer harm.
- Information about when a pedestrian hit by a car could be compensated for their injuries.
For more external resources:
- Details of how to claim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) following time off work.
- A campaign on fall prevention from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
- NHS guidance on when to attend A&E with an injury.
For more information on how public liability claims lawyers could help you, please contact our team today.