Accidents in Public Places – Common Examples and Why You Should Claim

Posted Feb 07, 2020.

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Suffering An Injury After An Accident In A Public Place 

There are many different types of accidents that people can suffer in a public place. Public places can be broadly defined as an area (which can be outdoors or indoors) that is privately or publicly owned, to which the public have access. This access can be through legal right or by invitation, and may or may not be subject to any payment.

If you are unfortunate enough to suffer an injury, through no fault of your own, in a public place, this can have a significant impact on your day to day life. Having successfully dealt with many such claims over the past 30 years, we often find that individuals that have been injured in a public place often feel embarrassed, or feel that it must in some way be ‘their fault’.

However, under UK law, private businesses and public organisations (for example, your local council) have a duty of care to make sure that any areas that are open to the public or likely to be used by the public are safe, and that any risk of injury to visitors is minimised. This duty of care includes areas such as shops and supermarkets, schools and colleges, public parks and green spaces, footpaths and cycle paths, leisure centres and swimming pools and pubs and restaurants. In addition to protecting invited visitors, duty of care also extends to uninvited visitors (trespassers).

Public Area Accident – Common Types

The most common accident types include Slips, Trips & Falls such as:

·         Slips on spillages or trips on unexpected obstacles – common in shops and supermarkets

·         Falls due to uneven steps or poor lighting – common in pubs and restaurants

·         Trips and falls due to poorly maintained pavements – common in parks and town centres

Injuries can vary from relatively minor sprains, cuts and bruising right through to potentially life changing injuries to head, neck and limbs. To prevent such injuries and to ensure that they are minimising the risks of an accident occurring in the first place, owners or occupiers of public places should be constantly vigilant. Liquid spillages should be cleaned up as soon as possible and clear warning signage should be used; obstacles in walkways should be moved quickly; access to areas of uneven flooring and poor lighting should be restricted before being repaired, and councils should ensure that pavements are well maintained, level and safe to use.

Why Claim for Compensation?

Whilst financial compensation won’t remove the pain and inconvenience following an accident, it can make a big difference to your recovery if you do not also have to worry about the costs. The level of compensation will vary depending upon the type and severity of your accident, but compensation may also be awarded for:

·         Your overall pain and suffering

·         Loss of income or earnings if you have be unable to work, which in some cases may be for a significant length of time

·         Cost of medical treatment and related prescriptions

·         Accommodation, care and travel costs

·         Lifelong impacts, such as having to adapt your home or being unable to take part in hobbies and social activities

Injury Claims Advice from Bakers Solicitors

At Bakers we pride ourselves on our experience in representing claimants who have been injured through no fault of their own, and helping them to receive compensation that they are properly entitled to. Our professional, friendly team will give you an honest, free and ‘plain English’ appraisal of your claim and we love delighting our clients when they receive injury compensation they deserve. 


If you would like us to handle your personal injury compensation claim, you can contact us 
online or by phone on 01252 744600.