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Occupier's Liability: Have you had an accident in a public place?
If you are involved in an accident on someone else's property (which could be the street, a shop, a housing estate or any public place such as a park), you may be entitled to compensation from the 'occupier' of that property.
If you were injured on someone else's premises, whether because of uneven paving slabs, slippery surfaces or falling objects, the 'occupier' of the premises may be responsible for your injuries.
The 'occupier' is usually the person, council or company, landlord or tenant who has 'control' over the premises/land where you were injured.
Call Grieves solicitors on 0800 0747 644 now to speak to an experienced personal injury solicitor for legal advice, and begin public injury claims.
What counts as someone else’s land?
'You are a 'visitor' if you have permission to be on the premises/land.'
Under the Occupiers Liability Act 1957, an occupier must take reasonable care to ensure that 'lawful visitors' to his/her premises/land are safe when they are on their premises/land.
You might have been given express permission to be on the land such as a landlord making an appointment for a plumber to visit, or legitimate reason to be there such as a school or building site.
Even if you were not a 'visitor' i.e. you did not have permission to be on the premises/land, you may still have a claim. A child may not have had permission to be on the premises/land but may have been attracted onto the property because of something which was alluring to him or her. It is down to the occupier to ensure safety measures are in place that this is not possible.
If you want one of our specialist lawyers to fight your case for personal injury claims, please call us now on 0800 0747 644 for a free, no obligation assessment.
Can I claim pavement trip compensation?
You may wish to make a claim against the council for failing to maintain the highway or footpath. This is a possibility, although it enters a complex area of the law which gives the council a defence to your claim if they can show they operated a reasonable system of inspection and repair of the highway.
So, for example, they are not liable for a slip, trip and falls claim as soon as a defect occurs in a pavement, but only if they fail to repair it within a reasonable time once it has been reported, or when it should have been discovered through a reasonable maintenance regime. Records must be kept of such maintenance and must be available for inspection.
If the problem was not a defect in the highway but some obstruction or work being carried out on the highway, then potential liability is likely to rest with the person or organisation that is carrying out the work or who caused the obstruction.
What constitutes occupiers liability claims?
You can make an occupiers liability claim for an accident that happened in a place which was not controlled by you or your employer.
This could range from fixed indoor locations like a supermarket or shopping centre, hotels and gyms to outdoor premises like car parks and even on planes and public transport.
It is the responsibility of the occupier, or the owner of the land to ensure that the proper measures are taken to make visitors and members of the public aware of potential hazards, for example:
Store managers have to ensure that wet floor warning signs are visible when floor cleaning is taking place to avoid supermarket accidents.
A coach driver checking all passengers are wearing seat belts
The owner of a gym keeping a routine of regular safety check on all equipment and public spaces
Occupiers have to ensure that people on their property are abiding by the safety laws in place and that they are at least aware of them. If you were aware that it was a safety law to wear your seat belt on a coach but were hurt in an accident because you were not wearing it, that would then no longer be the fault of the occupier.
If you slipped and because injured in a supermarket because of the lack of any warning signs you have a very good chance of making a supermarket accident compensation claim.
Can I make a claim?
If you have suffered an public accident on land or on a premises not owned by yourself or your employer which was not your fault you may be entitled to a public liability claim.
If you intent to make a personal injury compensation claim you may want to act immediately, especially if the accident was very minor and it is possible for you to recover and forget details about it. There is a time limit on claims such as these of six years, meaning that if you claim six years after the fact it’s highly unlikely you’ll be accepted for a case.
If you suffered a severe accident it’s quite possible you have experienced a loss of earnings, medical bills or have to pay for after care for some time. Contact us today to see how we can help.
If you want one of our specialist lawyers to fight your no win, no fee case, please call us now on 0800 0747 644 for a free, no obligation assessment of your case.