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Accident in public claim

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Did you know that the most common types of accidents in public places involve tripping and falling? It’s so common that it accounts for almost a third of all accidents reported. This page will set out the most common accidents in public places and how you may be able to pursue a claim if you were involved in one. We’ll also be looking at some UK and global accident statistics.

You should be able to make an accident in public claim if the accident:

Took place within the last three years

Caused you harm

Was caused by someone else (partially or wholly)

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The most common accidents in public places

Accidents in public places can happen to anyone at any time. These happen more often than you may think. Over 10 million accidents are reported in the UK yearly. Of these accidents, almost a third happen in public places. The Government reports that 829,252 accident injury compensation claims were made in 2019/20201. Of those, just over 8% or 72,587, were for trip, slip falls and other public liability accidents2. Many different types of accidents can occur in public places, however some are more common than others.

Let’s take a closer look at each one:

Tripping and Falling

Tripping and falling is the most common type of accident in public places. It’s also one of the most preventable. If you are injured in a tripping and falling accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the property owner. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), every year there are 684,000 accidental deaths and 37.3 million accidents that require medical attention due to falling.3

Falling Objects

Falling objects is another common factor in public accidents. This can include signage, overhead fixtures and even items displayed for sale. Sometimes these objects can fall on people and cause serious injuries. If a falling object injures you, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the property owner. This is because they are responsible for keeping the space safe.

Slips and Falls

Slips and falls are other common types of accidents in public places. They can occur due to a slippery surface. They can also occur when there is an obstacle in the walkway, such as a cord or rug. If you are injured in a slip-and-fall accident in a public place, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the property owner. Depending on the circumstances, damages awarded for slip, trip or fall injuries can range from £1,000 to over £200,000.

Lighting Accidents

Poor lighting is a common cause of accidents in public places. If a property owner doesn’t take proper precautions to ensure that the space is properly lit, they may be liable for accidents. This is because they are responsible for keeping the space safe.

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    What Constitutes a Public Place?

    Before we get into the most common accidents in public places, it’s important to clarify what constitutes a public place. A public place is defined as any space that is open to the general public. This can include sidewalks, parks, playgrounds and even retail stores. If anyone can access the space without going through a security checkpoint, it’s considered a public place.

    When you are in a public space you are considered a visitor. This means that the property owner is responsible for keeping the space safe for you. If they don’t take proper precautions and you are injured as a result, they may be held liable for your injuries.

    Who is responsible for public place accidents?

    The party responsible for a public place accident will determine the situation’s circumstances. The responsible party in a public place accident is generally the owner or proprietor of the business or property on which the incident occurs, e.g. a restaurant or supermarket.

    Businesses that don’t take the necessary precautions to prevent accidents could face civil action in court. Local authorities can also be held legally responsible if an accident occurs on their land and they knew, or should have known about the dangers but failed to address them.

    Public place accidents can profoundly affect the victim’s life, and it’s crucial to know your options if you’re injured.

    What to do if you’re injured in a public place accident

    If you are injured in any public place accident, it is important to report the incident and seek medical attention immediately. There are time limits for claims like this, so you’ll want to use a solicitor after your accident, injury or diagnosis date as soon as possible. It’s usually three years, but that can depend on the kind of claim it is. Once you’ve been examined for your injuries, you should consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer.

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    1,2 Department for Work & Pensions, 2022: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/compensation-recovery-unit-performance-data/compensation-recovery-unit-performance-data
    3 World Health Organisation, 2021: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/falls