Video About Public Liability Claims

A Solicitor Explains Public Liability

In this video Paul Morrison a solicitor with  Access Legal explains public liability

If you’ve had the misfortune to suffer an accident in a public place, don’t worry, many thousands of people suffer an accident in a public place every year. There are too many accident circumstances to start listing the public places which those accidents occurred. What you should do as soon as you've had an accident is make a note of the date, time and location of that accident.

Slipping and Tripping

If you've slipped or tripped, you should take a photograph of the area where you did slip or trip. If you slipped, make a note of what you actually slipped on. If you tripped measure what caused you to trip, and take a photograph of that measurement.

When measuring what caused you to trip, not everyone has a ruler with them, so you might want to use a coin, a matchbox, or pack of cigarettes, everyone knows what size they are, which then puts that into context. What you should also do is report the accident to whom you think is responsible. Its also important to obtain the name of the person you spoke to when reporting that accident. What you should also to is obtain the names of any witnesses to the accident, who can support what you have to say, about what actually occurred, should there be any subsequent dispute about that.

Finally, you should seek medical treatment, so there is a record of the injury you sustained as a result of this accident. If you make a claim and you successful you will be entitled to compensation for the actual injuries sustained, any financial losses incurred and any financial losses you are likely to incur in the future.

You only have a period of three years from the date of an accident within to issue court proceedings. There is a lot to do in that three year period, you have to try and agree the issue of liability, which is responsibility for the accident, with you opponent. And you also need to gather all the necessary medical evidence and reports, and details of all the financial losses you have incurred, to try and negotiate a settlement of your claim.

It is therefore essential to obtain early advice. We at Access Legal from shoosmiths have teams of people who can help you with this. Please do not hesitate to call.