Claim for an Accident in a Public Place in Birmingham
Friends Legal Birmingham are Personal Injury experts & can make the process of claiming public liability compensation simple for you. All it takes is one phone call to enquire about what could potentially be a large compensation claim.
What kind of accidents occur in public places?
For the most part, slips, trips and falls are the most common type of injury leading to public liability compensation claims. Whilst such injuries are generally not severe in nature, they can have lasting consequences, especially when injuries occur to the head, neck or back.
Other accidents can happen in such places, with objects falling onto people, animal bites and even illness from food poisoning. We can often help you claim personal injury compensation when the accident occured abroad, but it’s usually best to disucss with us first before we can confirm you have a claim for compensation.
When will I be entitled to compensation?
You will be entitled to compensation if you have had an accident in a public place that was not your fault. Public places areas that are open to the general public, including hospitals, supermarkets, restaurants and everything in between. No matter who owns the place when they open it up to the public they must maintain it to such a standard that it will not cause injury to those they have welcomed into it.
One of the most obvious public places is one of the easiest to overlook. We may think of streets as being ownerless but in reality they are owned by the local authority. This means no matter where you are (provided you are not the owner and occupier of the property), if you have an accident you may be entitled to compensation.
You will be entitled to compensation if you can show the person you are alleging is responsible for your injury was negligent. This means they have not acted as a reasonable person would have done had they been in the situation the responsible person was in.
Ascertaining what the reasonable person would have been deemed to have done is not always easy. Speculating as to what you yourself would have done is not appropriate. Therefore, the advice of an experienced personal injury specialist can be helpful. They will be able to look at the situation objectively. After all, if the person you believe to be responsible can show they acted as any reasonable person would have done in the circumstances, they will not have been negligent and you won’t be entitled to compensation. Therefore, obtaining legal advice at any early stage can save you time and effort.
What should I do if I think I have a claim for compensation?
Contact our Birmingham Accident Claims Solicitors**, as they will be able to advise you about what to do in your specific circumstances. It is important to gather evidence to support your claim. Exactly what evidence is necessary will depend on the accident you have. That is why expert advice is so important. Even if you have a strong case you cannot be successful in court if you cannot substantiate the facts you are alleging.
For all claims, photographs of what you are alleging caused your accident will be beneficial. This can range from a loose paving stone to a wet floor. If there were witnesses it is advisable to gather their contact details so they can be reached.
Identifying the person you believe to be responsible for the place you had the accident at the time of the accident is also advisable. Once they are aware that the accident occurred they will be able to investigate it. After completing their investigations they may discover that they were clearly liable for your injury.
In such cases they may want to settle your claim for compensation to avoid the bad publicity and the expense associated with going to court. If they do wish to settle your compensation claim, you should still contact a solicitor. A member of the Friends Legal Birmingham team will be able to negotiate a settlement on your behalf. They will advise you as to whether it is in your best interests to accept the settlement you have been offered or to continue to court.
If the case continues to court, the assistance of an experienced Personal Injury Claims solicitor** becomes even more important. They will be able to raise the action for you in the appropriate court and advise you of the process that will follow.
What level of compensation am I entitled to claim?
It is important to be realistic about the compensation you are entitled to. You may well be angry and want to see the responsible person punished for their negligence, but that is not how compensation operates in the UK. Having a member of the Friends Legal Birmingham team advise you as to what you are entitled to claim can make all the difference to your case. You want to be seen to be claiming compensation to help you with your personal injury, not being greedy and using the compensation to better your financial situation.
You are entitled to compensation to put you into the position you would have been in had the accident not occurred. The severity of your injuries will dictate what you will be able to claim. If the injury is relatively minor you will be able to claim lost earnings and possibly expenses incurred by travelling to medical appointments. If the injury was severe and has changed your life forever the level of compensation will reflect this. You may have lost the ability to work which will result in a large payment for loss of earnings. You may require assistance at home so will be entitled to claim compensation for the cost of that.
Compensation for pain and suffering can also be claimed and an Personal Injury Claims solicitor** will be able to advise you as to what a reasonable amount would be under this head of damage.
Claim Public Liability Compensation for an Accident in Public Place in Birmingham
One easy phone call will give you all the information you need. You have nothing to lose but if you don’t make the phone call you may lose out on compensation that can make living with your injury more bearable.
Call our Public Liability Accident Solicitors on 0800 083 8358 or contact us online today.