Can I Make A Personal Injury Compensation Claim?
While we’re able to help you with a wide range of case types, as detailed above, we specialise in personal injury law.
Personal injury covers accidents at work, injuries sustained in public places, and road traffic accidents.
In order to make a personal injury claim, you must be able to prove that:
- You were owed a duty of care.
- This was breached.
- You experienced an injury because of this breach.
How Long Do I Have To Claim Personal Injury Compensation
It is vital that you start your personal injury claim before the time limit expires. If you don’t you could be prevented from making a compensation claim. This is set out in the Limitation Act 1980 as typically three years from the date of the accident.
However, there are some exceptions in certain circumstances. These include:
- Children under the age of 18. In these cases, the limitation period is frozen until their 18th birthday. Before this, a court-appointed litigation friend can start the legal process on their behalf. However, if they reach 18 years of age without a claim being filed for them, they will have three years from the date of their 18th birthday to begin proceedings.
- Those who lack the mental capacity to file a claim for themselves. These parties have an indefinite suspension applied to the limitation period that lasts for as long as they are unable to represent themselves. During this time, a litigation friend can start the claims process for them. However, if the injured party recovers this capacity and a claim was not already filed for them, they will have three years from the date it was determined that capacity had been regained to begin one.
How To Make A Public Liability Injury Claim
Although it is nice to think that nothing bad will ever happen to us, the truth is that public liability claims are a necessity for many people. In the following post, we will explain all you need to know about making a public liability claim.
Public liability can be explained as the duty of care a business, organisation or individual owes the general public to ensure a public area or space is safe for use.
Companies are advised to take out public liability insurance to enable them to give compensation to members of the general public who are injured on their property or areas when they are at fault.
There is a wide variety of accidents and injuries that qualify a public liability claim, including:
- Trips, slips and falls that have been caused by untreated surfaces in winter weather, poorly maintained pavements and footpaths and potholes. This can apply to areas such as car parks, schools shopping centres, supermarkets and damaged stairwells.
- Objects causing injuries, either by falling from a height onto the public, or sharp objects that should have been moved or covered over to make them safe.
- Obstructions on a footpath road or any other hazards that can cause trips.
Though the above list is not exhaustive, it gives you a good idea of the kind of accidents and injuries you should make a public liability claim against.
What If The Property Or Public Area Owner Does Not Have Public Liability Insurance?
In the event that the owner of the property or the person or organisation responsible for the public area where you suffered from injuries or had an accident does not have public liability insurance, don’t worry. You are still eligible to make a claim for compensation.
Starting A Public Liability Claim
As personal injury and public liability law are complicated, it is not advisable to put forward a claim representing yourself. It is inevitable that the opposing side would use their legal representative’s knowledge to undermine any aspect of your case even if there is video evidence. Make sure you contact a personal injury lawyer with experience in public area accidents, and they will be able to help you out with making a successful claim which sees you receiving the compensation you are entitled to.
From our survey, these are the best public liability lawyers in the UK
- The UK’s biggest personal injury website LegalExpert.co.uk very helpful and free live chat.
- The Accident Claims Company website AccidentClaims.co.uk provides in-depth guides to council claims.
- Beckett & Co Solicitors website BeckettAndCo.co.uk with advice on common supermarket accidents.
- Advice UK. One of the UK’s biggest legal advice websites is Advice.co.uk very helpful and provides personal injury advice.
- Thorntons. The Thornotns-Law.co.uk website has a detailed guide to pothole accidents that have caused injury.