When we are out and about, we are often owed a duty of care by the person, company or authority responsible for wherever we happen to be. If you have been injured on the street, in the supermarket, in hospital, on public transport or anywhere else, then you may be able to claim compensation.
Have you suffered an injury in a public place in the last three years? If the answer is yes, and the accident was not your fault, you may be able to make a personal injury claim.
When we are out and about in public, other people, companies and authorities (e.g. the local council) are legally obliged to take reasonable care to ensure our safety. This duty, known as the ‘the duty of care’, means they must observe certain standards and take certain precautions to ensure our safety. For instance, cracks in the pavement must be repaired, spills cleaned up, appropriate warning signs displayed (e.g. wet floor signs) and any loose or hazardous material cleaned up.
If this duty is not observed, and you are injured as a result then you may be entitled to make a claim for: the pain caused by the injury; any wages you have lost as a result of the injury; compensation in respect of medical treatment or care which was necessitated by the injury or damage to your goods or property.
Obviously, not all slips and trips will merit an award of compensation. The person or company responsible is only required to take reasonable precautions to prevent harm to others and you are, of course, obliged to look after your own safety. However, if you have been injured and you think there was fault on the part of someone else, contact us today to begin the process of making a personal injury claim.
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