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Public Liability Accident Claims Solicitors

If you have been injured in a space that was open to the public at any point in the last three years, you may be entitled to claim compensation. This is something our friendly team of personal injury solicitors can support you with.

Compensation for a personal injury sustained in a public place can help you to access the highest standard of care, as well as replacing any lost income caused by your injuries. In some cases, it can also be used to cover additional expenses, such as travel costs for hospital appointments.

Where required, our team can not only help you to access compensation for your injuries, but we can also arrange rehabilitation treatment as well.

Our public liability accident claims solicitors will run through your case in detail, ensuring that we take the best approach to maximise the compensation you are able to receive.

At Devonalds, our specialist personal injury solicitors have over 35 years of experience and expertise in supporting clients with a range of personal injury claims, including those related to public liability accidents.

Examples of public liability claims we are able to support with include:

  • Slips, trips and falls in public
  • Accidents on public roads and pavements
  • School, college and university accidents
  • Sports injuries
  • Accidents in leisure facilities and gyms
  • Injuries in shops and supermarkets
  • Accidents in public parks

Why choose Devonalds for your public liability injury claim?

Our team of expert personal injury solicitors have previously supported many clients in similar circumstances. We have over three decades worth of experience in providing tailored advice and robust representation on a range of personal injury matters.

We understand just how distressing it can be to experience an injury in a public place. We provide a friendly service to ensure that you feel completely at ease throughout the process.

While proceeding to court to make a claim is an understandably daunting prospect for many people, it is rarely necessary. We can assist you in negotiating an out-of-court settlement, making the process much more efficient and straightforward.

Speak to us about starting a public liability claim today

For a friendly, informal discussion about whether you or a loved one might be entitled to public liability compensation, please contact your local public liability accident claims solicitors in Bridgend, Caerphilly, Church VillagePontypridd, Talbot Green, Tonypandy, Treorchy or Tylorstown.

How public liability injury claims work

Starting a claim for injury in a public place

Getting started with a compensation claim for public injuries can be a daunting prospect, especially where you may not be clear on what the process entails. To put you at ease, our team provide a free initial consultation, providing you with the opportunity to ask any questions you might have and giving us the information we need to get started.

No win, no fee, public liability claims

We handle claims on a no win, no fee basis, also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement. This means that you do not need to make any payments unless we are successful in securing compensation on your behalf.

In the majority of public liability claims, we are able to recover the fees for winning your case. These are often paid by your employer’s insurers.

Proving your injury was caused by negligence

For a public liability accident claim to be successful, it needs to be shown that your injury was caused through no fault of your own. Evidence that needs to be obtained will typically include:

  • Photo or video evidence
  • Medical records of the injuries sustained. 
  • Records of financial losses
  • Witness statements

Our team will seek to obtain all the relevant evidence for your case, using this to build the foundations of a strong case. We can then use this to secure the compensation you deserve for your injuries and the impact it has had on your life.

Valuing your public liability claim

When making a claim for a public injury, you may understandably want to know how much you may be entitled to receive.

When our team assess your case in detail, we will consider all of the factors at play, including the financial and non-financial impact of your injuries. This will help to ensure that you are supported in every possible way.

When compensation is calculated, the process is often referred to as ‘assessing quantum’. Factors that will be taken into consideration during the process include:

  • The cost of medical treatment and rehabilitation care
  • Loss of income and unforeseeable future income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Travel costs to/from hospital and doctor appointments
  • Any other expenses
  • Loss of amenity, for example, where you are unable to enjoy the activities, you were once able to

Time limits for public liability injury claims

Typically, the standard time limit for any type of personal injury claim is three years from the ‘date of knowledge’. This includes public liability claims.  It is important to note that the data of knowledge could be some time after the actual injury occurred.

There are some exceptions to the three-year time limit. This includes where you are making a claim on behalf of someone who lacks the mental capacity to make a claim themselves. There is no time limit for making a claim in this situation.

Different time limits also apply when a claim is made on behalf of someone under the age of 18. Their parent or guardian can make a compensation claim on their behalf at any time. When the child turns 18, they have until their 21st birthday to make a claim.

Our public liability accident claims can provide further guidance on how long you will have to make a claim for compensation. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team to discuss this further.

Reaching an out-of-court settlement

Under most circumstances, we will seek to find a constructive solution to your case via Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods. This includes private negotiation and mediation.

This will help to avoid the potential stress of court litigation. This can also help to ensure that you are able to achieve compensation faster and in a more cost-effective way.

Taking your public liability injury claim to court

In some cases, it may be necessary to pursue a case in court. This is where an out-of-court approach is not sufficient.

Where this is the case, our team can guide you through court proceedings. This includes assisting with preparing for court, building a strong argument to support this, along with representation during subsequent hearings.

You can be certain that our team will keep you informed during the whole claims process, and if you have any concerns, our team will be readily available to support you.

Managing public liability injury compensation

Should your public liability compensation claim be successful, you will need to consider how your compensation will be handled moving forward. It is particularly important to consider how to make your compensation last long-term if any injuries require you to have extended time off work.

Our team can support you in managing your compensation, including advising on appropriate personal injury trust to out your compensation into.

Common questions about public liability injury claims

What can be claimed on public liability insurance?

Public liability insurance covers the cost of claims made on a public premises. If an organisation or local authority has public liability insurance, any legal fees will be paid by the policy that is in place. If public liability insurance is in place, this will help to ensure you receive the compensation to which you are entitled.

How do I make a claim on public liability insurance?

If you are making a claim against public liability insurance, it is important that you speak to our solicitors as soon as possible We will run you through the steps that need to be taken to get a claim underway, as well as dealing your funding options for making a claim.

How long does it take to get a public liability claim?

It is not possible to say exactly how long it will take to secure personal injury compensation without understanding the finer details. That being said, securing compensation will be a quicker process where an out of court settlement can be agreed.

What is the average pay-out for a personal injury claim UK?

The exact amount of compensation you could receive for a personal injury claim in the UK will depend on various factors. This includes the nature of your injuries, the way in which you suffered your injuries, whether a case has to go to court, and whether the defendant is willing to admit liability.

Speak to us about starting a public liability claim today

For a friendly, informal discussion about whether you or a loved one might be entitled to public liability compensation, please contact your local public liability accident claims solicitors in Bridgend, Caerphilly, Church VillagePontypridd, Talbot Green, Tonypandy, Treorchy or Tylorstown.