Public Liability

A Public Liability claim relates to a compensation claim made on the Public Liability insurance held by businesses or public property owners.

This means that if you have an accident or suffer a personal injury whilst on public property, which was not your fault, then you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim against the insurance policy.

Public liability insurance is a policy that business owners or those responsible for maintaining public areas should have taken out; this allows them to compensate members of the public for any personal injury sustained on their property provided the accident was as a direct result of their negligence.

Alternatively, if you suffer an accident on public property whilst working, then you may be able to make an Accident at Work claim against your employer. 

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Types of accidents in public places or public liability claims

Some of the most common public liability compensation claims we deal with involve:

  • Slips, trips or falls inside public buildings or areas open to the public; typical examples are supermarkets, restaurants and shopping centres, but can also occur in outdoor public car parks, pathways and amusement parks, etc. 

  • Other slip, trip or fall accidents can be caused by pavements, potholes, untreated ice and snow, etc. Many obstructions many people do not realise they can claim for; in addition to those you could also claim for tree roots and building steps in disrepair.

  • Obstructions to highways or pavements that have not been highlighted through correct signage or lighting, for example unlit skips, misplaced highways agency cones, etc. You can also claim for obstructions caused by other members of the public that have not been corrected by the Local Authority or those creating the hazard, such as abandoned litter or rubbish bags creating a tripping hazard in a walking area or badly parked vehicles on the roadway which may partly obstruct the pavement. 


If you would like to have a chat about your options or how we may be able to help you please contact a member of the team, complete our call back form or contact us directly at your local office.



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