When Could Public Liability Claim Lawyers Help You Claim Compensation?

This guide discusses the benefits of using public liability claim lawyers to help you seek compensation for an injury you sustained in a public place accident. If you are eligible, you could instruct a lawyer to assist you throughout the different stages of the claims process. We will discuss the services they could potentially offer in more detail as we move through our guide. 

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When Could Public Liability Claim Lawyers Help You Claim Compensation?

Additionally, we discuss the eligibility criteria that need to be met in order to make a public liability claim, as well as the evidence you could potentially collect to strengthen your case.

Furthermore, our guide will discuss the duty of care occupiers owe and the legislation that outlines their responsibilities. We also provide examples of accidents and injuries that could occur if this duty is not upheld, and the potential compensation that may be awarded for your injuries. 

Finally, our guide will discuss the advantages of working with a lawyer on a No Win No Fee basis.

If you have any other questions regarding public liability claims, please speak with an advisor. To do so, you can:

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  1. What Benefits Are There To Using Public Liability Claim Lawyers?
  2. When Could Public Liability Claim Lawyers Help You Claim Compensation?
  3. Potential Compensation From A Public Injury Claim
  4. What Evidence Could Help You In A Public Place Accident Claim?
  5. Use No Win No Fee Public Liability Claim Lawyers
  6. Learn More About Public Liability Claims

What Benefits Are There To Using Public Liability Claim Lawyers?

If you are eligible, you could benefit from instructing a lawyer to assist you with seeking compensation. The public liability claim lawyers from our panel could help you:

  • Collect evidence for your case. 
  • Send important documents.
  • Keep you updated on the progress of your case.
  • Value your compensation settlement. 
  • Present your case in full within the limitation period.

Additionally, they can offer these services nationwide which means you aren’t limited to seeking legal representation in your local area. Instead, you can choose a solicitor with experience handling claims similar to your own, and who offers services that will benefit both you and your case.

For more information on the ways in which a lawyer from our panel could assist you, please contact an advisor on the number above. If they find you have a valid claim, they could connect you with a lawyer who can begin working on helping you seek compensation.

When Could Public Liability Claim Lawyers Help You Claim Compensation?

You may be eligible to make a public liability claim if you can demonstrate the following:

  • A duty of care was owed to you by the occupier of the public space you were injured in. 
  • This duty of care was breached. 
  • The breach of duty caused your injuries.

It is laid out in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 that occupiers in control of a public space owe a duty of care to take steps as a way to ensure the reasonable safety of members of the public using the space for it’s intended purpose. This can be done by conducting risk assessments, addressing any hazards that pose a risk of injury, responding to reports promptly and implementing health and safety measures.

If there was a failure on the occupier’s part to uphold their duty of care, it could result in a member of the public sustaining harm in an accident accident. For example:

  • Slips, trips, and falls. Despite reports being made about a broken paving slab, no steps are taken to fix it, or reduce the risk of it causing harm. As a result, a member of the public sustains a severe ankle injury and broken arm after tripping over a broken pavement slab in a pavement accident. 
  • Being hit by a jagged or falling object. Items are incorrectly stocked in a supermarket. As a result, a heavy item falls and hits a customer as they are walking down the aisle. This causes them to sustain a severe head injury, including concussion.

To discuss your specific case, and find out whether public injury claim lawyers could help you seek compensation, call an advisor on the number above.

Potential Compensation From A Public Injury Claim

If your public liability claim succeeds, you could receive a settlement that comprises two heads of loss; special damages and general damages. 

General damages compensate you for the pain you experienced from your injury, both mental, physical, or both together. Factors that are considered when valuing this aspect of your claim include your recovery time, the severity of your injury, and your future prognosis.

Furthermore, solicitors can look at your medical evidence and the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). The JCG offers a list of guideline compensation brackets that correspond with different injuries, varying in severity. However, these figures are only a guide, and are not an exact representation of what you will receive for a successful claim.

Injuries Table 

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Injuries Severity Compensation Bracket – Guidelines Details
Knee Severe (a) (i) £69,730 to £96,210 Serious knee injury where there has been disruption of the joint.
Moderate (b) (ii) Up to £13,740 Lacerations, twisting or bruising injuries are covered in this bracket.
Leg Severe (b) (ii) £54,830 to £87,890 Very serious injuries leading to permanent problems with mobility.
Less serious (c) (ii) £9,110 to £14,080 Simple fracture of a femur where there is no articular surface damage.
Ankle Very severe (a) £50,060 to £69,700 Includes cases of a transmalleolar fracture with extensive soft-tissue damage.
Moderate (c) £13,740 to £26,590 Fractures and ligament tears causing disabilities of a less serious nature such as difficulty walking on uneven ground.
Arm Permanent And Substantial Disability (b) £39,170 to £59,860 Serious fractures of one or both forearms with significant permanent residual disability of a permanent nature.
Simple (d) £6,610 to £19,200 Fracture of the forearm.
Wrist Complete Loss Of Function (a) £47,620 to £59,860 Injuries where an arthrodesis has been performed.
Less severe (c) £12,590 to £24,500 Where there is permanent disability, for example, a degree of persisting pain and stiffness.

Claiming Special Damages In A Personal Injury Claim

Special damages award compensation to reimburse you for any financial expenses, both past and future, incurred due to your injury. Examples of the different types of financial losses that you can claim back under special damages include:

  • Loss of earnings
  • Medical care, such as treatment you had to pay for. 
  • Childcare costs. 
  • Travel costs. 

You should provide evidence to prove your financial losses, such as invoices, bank statements, receipts, payslips, and travel tickets.

For a personalised estimate of how much you could be awarded in compensation following a successful public liability claim, please get in touch using the number above.

What Evidence Could Help You In A Public Place Accident Claim?

There are different types of evidence that could help you prove an occupier did not uphold their duty of care, resulting in you becoming injured as a result. For example: 

  • CCTV footage of the accident. 
  • A diary detailing a change to your physical and mental state. 
  • Photographs of the injury and accident site. 
  • Copies of medical records, such as notes from the hospital or your doctor, or scans and other test results. 
  • Contact details of any potential witnesses. 

Our panel of public liability claim lawyers could assist you with gathering evidence to build your case, as long as it meets the relevant eligibility criteria. For more information on how they could help, call our team of advisors today.

Use No Win No Fee Public Liability Claim Lawyers

Our advisors could potentially connect you with one of the public liability claim lawyers from our panel. They may be able to represent your claim on a No Win No Fee basis under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) which is a pre-agreed arrangement between you and your lawyer. 

A CFA allows your lawyer to offer their services without charging you fees:

  • Upfront.
  • While the case is ongoing. 
  • If your claim ends up unsuccessful. 

Following the completion of a successful claim, your solicitor can take a percentage of your compensation for their success fee, which the law caps. 

To learn more about the nationwide services our panel of public liability claim lawyers could offer on this basis, contact an advisor. They can assess your claim, and if you have valid grounds to seek compensation, could connect you with a lawyer from our panel. 

Alternatively, you can get in touch to ask any questions you might have regarding your potential case. To do so, you can:

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