This guide will discuss examples of public liability claims and the potential compensation payout that could be awarded if you make a successful case. In order to have valid grounds to begin a public liability claim, you will need to prove that the party in control of a public space caused your injuries when they breached their duty of care. We will discuss the eligibility criteria, as well as the evidence you could provide to support your case, in more detail later in this guide.
Also within this guide, we will look at the duty of care you are owed when using a public space. Furthermore, we will also share some examples of the types of accidents that could occur in public and the injuries that could be suffered as a result.
We will also explain how one of the expert solicitors on our panel could help you through the claiming process and the No Win No Fee terms under which they could offer their services.
To receive free advice for your potential claim, or to ask any questions about the claiming process, you can get in touch with a member of our team. You can reach our advisors by:
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You may be able to make a public liability claim if it is proven that your injuries resulted from an occupier breaching their duty of care. We will discuss this eligibility criteria in more depth in a later section.
Once a successful claim is made, your settlement will include general damages. General damages is awarded to compensate you for your physical and/or psychological injuries. Consideration can be given to any pain and suffering you have experienced, the severity of your injuries, and the overall impact they have on your quality of life.
Legal professionals may use the results from an independent medical assessment, often arranged as part of the personal injury claims process to get a clearer insight into the nature of your injuries, to help them value general damages.
Alongside medical documents, they can use the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This publication provides compensation guidelines for injuries of different types and severity, both physical and psychological. For the table below, we have listed some of the amounts found in the 16th edition of the JCG.
However, please not that these figures are only to be used as guidance.
|Compensation Bracket Guidelines
|Moderately Severe (b)
|£219,070 to £282,010
|A very serious physical or cognitive disability that leads to the person requiring constant care and having substantial dependence on others.
|Severe (b) (ii)
|£54,830 to £87,890
|Very serious injury leading to permanent problems with mobility, with the person requiring mobility aids for the rest of their life.
|Severe (b) (iv)
|£27,760 to £39,200
|Moderate injury involving multiple or complicated fractures to a single limb.
|Severe (a) (ii)
|£52,120 to £69,730
|Leg fracture that has extended into the knee joint causing pain which is constant and limits movement.
|Moderate (b) (ii)
|Up to £13,740
|Injuries involving dislocation or lacerations where there may be continuous aching or discomfort.
|£29,000 to £61,910
|Cases where hand capacity is reduced by about 50%.
|£5,720 to £13,280
|Penetrating wounds, crush injuries, soft tissue damage and deep lacerations.
|£31,310 to £50,060
|There is a residual disability that is significant in the form of ankle instability and walking ability is seriously limited.
|£13,740 to £26,590
|Fractures and ligament tears which give rise to residual scarring and difficulty walking for long periods of time.
|Pelvis and Hips
|Moderate (b) (i)
|£26,590 to £39,170
|The hip or pelvis suffer a significant injury but there is no major permanent disability.
Can You Claim Financial Losses In Personal Injury Claims?
You may also be able to receive compensation for any financial losses you have experienced due to your injuries. This can be awarded under special damages as part of your claim.
Examples of possible costs you could be compensated for include:
- Loss of earnings.
- Medical costs.
- Care costs.
- Travel expenses.
You will need to prove these costs with evidence. Some of the types of evidence you could present to support your case can include:
- Bank statements.
Contact a member of our team today for a free valuation of your potential claim. They can also help answer any questions you may have and provide examples of public liability claims payouts and what your settlement could potentially comprise.
When you are using a public space, you are owed a duty of care. This duty is outlined in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. It states that those in charge of a public space (an occupier) must take steps to ensure the reasonable safety of members of the public who are using that space for its intended purpose. For example, an occupier could perform regular risk assessments and put in place any necessary safety procedures to uphold their duty of care.
To be eligible to pursue a public liability claim, you will need to prove that:
- You were owed a duty of care.
- This duty of care was breached.
- This breach caused your injuries.
The three points above form the basis of negligence in personal injury claims. You need to have evidence of negligence in order to pursue your case.
Time Limit When Claiming For A Public Place Accident
When claiming for personal injury after an accident in a public place, there is a limitation period in place for starting legal proceedings. Generally, you will have three years to start your case from the date of the accident, as stated in the Limitation Act 1980.
In certain circumstances, exceptions apply to this three-year time limit. For example, for those under the age of 18, the time limit is temporarily frozen until their 18th birthday. From this date they will have until they turn 21 to start a claim. Before their 18th birthday arrives, a litigation friend could start a claim on their behalf.
To learn more about the other exceptions that apply to this three-year time limit, or to discuss your eligibility to proceed with your case, call an advisor. Alternatively, if you would like to learn of some examples of public liability claims, you can continue reading this guide.
There are various ways that you could suffer an injury in a public place. Some examples could include:
- A metal gate leading into a public park has a fault that was reported multiple times. Despite the reports, no steps were taken to address the fault within a reasonable time frame. As a result, you suffer a cut or laceration injury when trying to open the gate.
- A trip injury could occur if you were to trip over a raised paving slab or exposed tree root.
- Defective play equipment in a public park. For example, if your child were to sit on a defective swing, this could collapse and your child could suffer from a broken pelvis.
These are just a few examples of how an accident could occur in public. However, in order to have a valid case, you must have evidence that the occupier of that space did not uphold their duty of care and this caused the accident where you were injured.
As such, these are not necessarily examples of public liability claims. To discuss your own case and find out whether you’re eligible to seek compensation, you can contact a member of our team today.
Gathering evidence is an important step in supporting your public liability claim. The evidence you gather can help prove a relevant third party breached their duty of care, the extent of the injuries you suffered as a result, and their impact.
Some pieces of evidence that could be collected to help support your case include:
- CCTV footage of the incident taking place.
- Copies of your medical records, doctors notes, or any scans highlighting your injuries and the treatment you needed for them.
- The contact details of any witnesses. They could then provide a statement later into the claiming process.
- Photographs of any visible injuries you suffered and the accident site highlighting any hazards.
You can contact our team of advisors if you wish to receive support in gathering evidence. They may connect you to a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel who could assist you with your case, provided you have valid grounds to proceed.
When making a public liability claim, you may wish to instruct a solicitor who has experience with this type of case. Once you have discussed your claim with a member of our team and it’s found you have valid grounds to proceed, they may connect you with one the solicitors on our panel. If they agree to take on your case, they may offer you a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), a type of No Win No Fee agreement.
Some of the benefits of working with a solicitor on a No Win No Fee basis under a CFA include:
- No upfront fees to pay for them to begin working on your claim.
- While your claim is ongoing, you will not need to pay for your solicitor’s services.
- You will not pay your solicitor for their work if your claim is unsuccessful.
However, if your claim is a success, your solicitor will take a legally-capped percentage of your compensation as their success fee.
Contact our advisory team today to receive free advice for your case. They could also discuss examples of public liability claims and payouts. Speak to a member of our team by:
Additional public liability claims guides by us:
- Find out what you could do following an accident while shopping including when you could seek personal injury compensation.
- Learn whether you could make a pavement accident claim and the steps you could take to seek compensation.
- Discover whether you could begin a personal injury claim following an accident in a public park that caused you to sustain harm.
Moreover, here are some external links you may find useful:
- Information on preventing falls from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
- Guidance on first aid from the NHS.
- Learn if you could be eligible for statutory sick pay with this helpful guide from GOV.UK.
For further examples of public liability claims and payouts, or to discuss your case, you can contact our advisory team.