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A Guide To Public Liability Claims Payouts

This article reviews how public liability claims payouts are calculated if for successful personal injury claims. following an accident in a public place.

As well as looking at how much public liability compensation you could potentially receive, we explain the eligibility criteria that must be met to be able to make a compensation claim following an accident in a public place.

Additionally, we provide some examples of accidents that could lead to public liability claims and explain what evidence you could use to support your case. We will also discuss one a personal injury solicitor from our team could help you with making a public liability claim on a No Win No Fee basis.

To discuss your specific case, you can contact a member of our advisory team. They could also help answer any questions you may have about the claiming process. To connect with them today, you can:

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Public Liability Claims Payouts – Find Out How Much Compensation You Could Receive

Public liability claims payouts could be made up of two heads of loss. These are general damages and special damages.

General damages are awarded in all successful claims and compensates you for the pain and suffering you experienced due to your injuries. This includes both psychological and physical injuries.

The Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) may be used by those valuing your claim for general damages. The JCG is a document that contains guideline compensation brackets for a number of different injuries at varying severity levels.

The table below uses some of the entries listed within the latest version of the JCG to give you an idea of how much compensation you could potentially receive for these different injuries. Please only refer to them as a guide. Additionally, the top entry has not been taken from the JCG.

Compensation Table

Injury TypeSeverityGuideline Settlement BracketDetails
Multiple Severe Injuries and Special DamagesSevere Up to £1,000,000 + Compensation for multiple severe injuries causing physical and psychological pain. Also includes special damages to cover medical expenses, care costs lost income plus other costs.
Injury Resulting From Brain DamageVery Severe£282,010 to £403,990The person will suffer with little to no language function, double incontinence and will require nursing care full-time. Various factors will be taken into consideration, such as life expectancy and extent of physical limitations.
Neck InjuriesSevere (i)Around £148,330Injuries leading to permanent spastic quadriparesis or incomplete paraplegia for example.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Severe£59,860 to £100,670Permanent PTSD symptoms will prevent the person from functioning or working as they did pre-trauma.
Back InjuriesSevere (ii)£74,160 to £88,430Back injuries that result in a loss of sensation due to nerve root damage with impaired mobility and bowel function.
Arm InjuriesLess Severe£19,200 to £39,170Despite suffering with significant disabilities a great degree of recovery will have been made or is expected to.
Leg InjuriesLess Serious (i)£17,960 to £27,760Fractures that have made a reasonable recovery but have left the person with a limp, defective gait or a metal implant.
Ankle InjuriesModerate£13,740 to £26,590Difficulty walking on uneven ground or for long periods due to ligamentous tears or fractures.
Shoulder InjuriesSerious£12,770 to £19,200For example, a dislocated shoulder along with damage to the lower brachial plexus.

Claiming Special Damages In A Public Liability Claim

The second head of loss that could form part of public liability claims payouts is called special damages. This compensates you for any costs or out-of-pocket expenses you have experienced due to your injuries.

For example, if your claim is successful, you could be compensated for the following under special damages:

  • The cost of care or support at home.
  • Medical expenses, such as prescription fees.
  • Loss of earnings, both past and future, if you require time off work.
  • The cost of home modifications, such as the installation of a ramp, if you required it due to your injuries.

Evidence must be provided of these losses when claiming for them. Bank statements, payslips and receipts are some examples of evidence you could present.

For a free valuation of your public liability claim, you can contact one of our advisors today.

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When Are You Able To Claim For A Public Place Accident?

Occupiers are classes as anyone or party that is in control of a public space. Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, they owe members of the public a duty of care to take necessary steps and measures to ensure their reasonable safety while they are using that space for its intended purposes. This could include performing regular risk assessments and maintenance checks on any equipment.

You may be able to make a personal injury claim following an accident in a public place if you can meet the following requirements:

  • You were owed a duty of care by the occupier of that space.
  • This duty of care was breached by the occupier.
  • You sustained one or multiple injuries as a result of this breach.

As explained in the previous section, public liability claims payouts vary from case to case. Therefore, you may wish to seek legal advice to discuss your particular case. Contact our advisors today to check the eligibility of your claim and receive a free valuation.

How Could Accidents In A Public Place Be Caused By Negligence?

There are various ways that public place accidents could occur. However, in order to have a valid claim, the occupier of that space must have breached their duty of care and in turn, this caused you to suffer an injury.

Some examples of public place accidents that you may be able to claim for include:

  • There is a spillage inside of a cafe that had not been cleaned up or clearly signposted. Due to this, you slip on this spillage and this causes you to suffer a sprained ankle and wrist injury.
  • While in the leisure centre, you fall down the stairs due to the railing being faulty. The leisure centre was aware of this fault but had failed to fix it in a timely manner. This caused you to suffer a head injury as well as a back injury.
  • A retail shop failed to properly secure a large ceiling-suspended sign, causing you to suffer a head and neck injury when this sign fell on top of you.

These are just some examples of the types of accidents that can occur in a public place. If you’d like to know whether you may have a valid claim or to ask any questions regarding public liability payouts, you can contact our team.

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Evidence That Could Be Used In Personal Injury Claims For Public Place Accidents

To help support your chances of making a successful public liability claim, you will need to gather evidence that supports your case. This evidence will need to demonstrate how the accident happened, who was liable and the injuries sustained.

The types of evidence that could be useful in public liability compensation claims include:

  • Copies of your medical records stating the injuries you suffered and what treatment you were provided for them.
  • Contact details for anybody who witnessed your accident, as they may be able to provide a statement at a later date.
  • CCTV recordings or any other video footage of the accident.
  • Photographs of the accident scene or any visible injuries you suffered.

If a solicitor from our team agrees to represent you, they could assist you with gathering additional evidence to support your personal injury claim.

To see whether you may be eligible to work with one of our solicitors, you can contact our advisory team. They can also help answer any questions you may still have regarding public liability claims payouts.

Make A No Win No Fee Public Liability Compensation Claim

If you have a valid case, one of our expert personal injury solicitors could help you. They have experience securing public liability claims payouts for their clients and could help you with various aspects of the claiming process, such as gathering evidence and negotiating your settlement.

Additionally, one of our solicitors may offer to work on your personal injury compensation claim on a No Win No Fee basis under the terms of a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).

Some advantages to claiming with a solicitor under a CFA generally include:

  • Your solicitor can begin working on your claim without being paid for their services upfront.
  • During the claims process, you won’t need to pay your solicitor for their work. The same is true if the claim is lost.
  • If your claim is won, a success fee will be deducted from the compensation awarded to you. There is a legal cap in place for the percentage that can be taken as this fee. This helps to ensure that you keep the majority of your compensation.

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Contact Our Team

To find out if a No Win No Fee solicitor from our team could help you with making a public liability injury claim, you can contact our friendly advisors. They are available to offer you free advice and answer any questions you may have regarding public liability claims payouts.

To connect with them today, you can:

More Resources About Potential Public Liability Claims Payouts

Here are a few more of our articles about personal injury claims:

Also, we’ve added some external links which might be helpful:

Please feel free to contact our advisors if you have any further questions about public liability claims payouts or to check the eligibility of your case.

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