Accidents in Public Places
Everyday in Ireland, people suffer from accidents in public places. Trips, slips and falls occur mainly on public footpaths and wet floors. An accident like this can lead to serious injury, ongoing discomfort and in serious cases it could lead to disability. If you have been unfortunate enough to suffer an injury from an accident in a public place such as a park or public building, you may be able to bring a compensation claim for damages once liability can be proven.
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The key procedures after a slip, trip or fall accident are:
- Request that the property owner or an employee (if in a place of business) document the accident, and obtain a copy of their documentation;
- Take a picture of the hazardous condition if possible;
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible if you think you have been injured;
- Seek help from a solicitor if necessary.
What is Public Liability?
To make a claim for an accident in a public place, as with any other type of injury claim, the key requirement is that liability of another party can be established. In other words, if negligence can be claimed against the person(s) or business who are responsible for the place where you had your accident you may be entitled to compensation.
You can be compensated for;
- damages for pain and suffering
- loss of earnings (and potential loss of future earnings if applicable)
- medical expenses (and potential future medical bills if applicable)
- legal expenses associated with your claim
Following an accident in a public place, such as on a footpath or on a road, it is not always the case that the public authority has a legal responsibility for the accident.
The situation is very similar for people who suffer an injury from an accident whilst on a privately owned premises.
The legal issues in these types of situations can at first glance appear complex.
We have access to specialist engineering expertise. In this way we can give you the best advice possible on whether you can pursue a claim for compensation. We can advise you on all aspects of any claim that you may be in a position to pursue
Compensation for accidents in Public Places
Accidents such as slips, trips and falls in public places can cause all kinds of injuries that impact your ability to get on with your day-to-day life.
Those responsible for public areas like councils, restaurant owners, shop owners and employers, have a duty of care to protect people from injuries like these. They should be following health and safety guidelines to prevent such accidents.
How Seamus Maguire & Co. Will Help You
We understand how much an accident in a public place can affect you. Unexpected injuries can put your life on hold and cause a great amount of physical and financial strain, something made even more frustrating when they’re caused by negligence.
We are here to help you claim compensation for your accident. One of our empathetic, specialist solicitors will compile a strong case to help you gain the financial relief you deserve. This compensation can be put towards medical fees, rehabilitation costs and any bills you may have had during your time out of work because of your accident.
Whatever the exact circumstances of your accident, we provide uncomplicated legal advice and a service that ensures you’ll get the best possible result. Our understanding friendly team offers a personal and human service, putting your best interests first.
Bar, Pub & Nightclub Accidents
Nightlife venues follow extremely strict safety guidelines to ensure the safety of their customers. However, sometimes these are neglected. Common examples of accidents caused by this negligence include:
- Trips over cables from vending/betting machines
- Trips due to uneven flooring or loose carpeting
- Trips due to badly lit flooring or walkways
- Injuries as a result of broken glass and drinks spillages that have been dropped on walkways and dance floors
- Injuries as a result of violent and abusive behaviour from people in the establishment under the influence of alcohol
Fall or Trip On Pavement Accidents
Compensation for pavement trips can be claimed when an avoidable accident is caused. Trips on pavements and footpaths can result in serious injuries, and affect people of all ages.
Causes of these accidents tend to be due to:
- Poorly maintained / uneven surfaces
Supermarkets and shops also follow strict guidelines in order to protect their customers from accidents, but these can sometimes be neglected.
Common causes of accidents in shops and supermarkets include:
- Wet/slippery floors
- Awkward store layouts
- Obstructions in aisles
- Uneven flooring or loose carpeting
These sorts of scenarios can cause trips or slips, resulting in avoidable injuries.