Accidents in Public Places Claims — Scotland

Accidents in public places can happen because of uneven surfaces, defective products, leaks, spillages, and falling objects. Whatever the cause, the injuries you can sustain from an accident in public can be life-changing. Watermans can help you make accidents in public places claims to get the compensation you deserve.

Simple and Straightforward

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The Short of It

  • If you have been involved in an accident in a public place,

    you may be experiencing painful physical injuries and be forced to take time off from work.

  • This can be damaging both mentally and financially for you and your loved ones,

    and you may be eligible to claim financial compensation for your suffered injuries.

  • Speak to our dedicated public liability solicitors at Watermans today

    to see if you are eligible to pursue a claim for injury in a public place.

  • Everything we do at Watermans is about getting you the resolution you need

    and providing straightforward legal advice. It should be that simple.

  • The Long of It

    Accidents in Public

    An overview of accidents in public claims

    Accidents in public places happen every day in Scotland. Poorly maintained pavements and uneven roads and flooring can cause falls. You may slip on wet floors, or you could be injured by an object or product. These common accidents can occur in hospitals, parks, schools, shopping centres, on pavements, in playgrounds, and other public places.

    Local authorities and property owners have a responsibility to protect the public from the risk of injury by ensuring that all facilities are safe and fit to use. If they fail to do so, and you are injured as a result of an accident in a public place, then you are entitled to claim compensation. You can do so with the help of our no-win, no-fee solicitors in Scotland.

    Types of injuries acquired in public spaces

    The injuries you can sustain from an accident in public can range from minor to life-changing. You may experience bruising, muscle damage, broken bones or head injuries as a result of slips, trips or falls in a public place. These injuries may result in you needing time off work, posing a financial risk to your livelihood. You may also require the care of a family member or medical assistant, depending on the severity of your injuries.

    There are many different reasons that can make you eligible for an accident in public places claim. Here are a few common occurrences of negligence for which you can make a public liability claim:

    • Broken glass
    • Wet floors causing slips, trips or falls
    • Hazards like uneven pavements, usually in parks on public roads
    • Gym accidents such as injuries from malfunctioning equipment
    • Poor lighting
    • Faulty handrails on stairs
    • Hazardous floors, walls or ceilings that are unmarked
    • Burns
    • Poor hygiene
    • Overcrowding

    Your injury can be due to many different reasons caused by the negligence of the staff, the local council, or another third party. Reach out to a Watermans lawyer in Scotland to claim compensation with straightforward legal advice.

    Suppose you have experienced a loss of earnings or a decrease in your quality of life due to being involved in an accident in public. It may be time to contact a personal injury solicitor. At Watermans, we employ expert personal injury lawyers who are dedicated to fighting for the maximum compensation that you deserve for your accident in a public place.

    Making a Claim

    Why make an accident in a public place claim?

    There are many types of accidents that can occur in public. If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in one, then you may require compensation for your injuries. Our law firm in Scotland can assist with your claim.

    Most accidents in public places will result in relatively minor injuries, requiring minimal time off work. But there are occasions where they lead to long-lasting, permanent disability and pose a financial risk as a result.

    These life-changing public liability accidents have a huge impact both on the injured party and their families, especially when the injured person has to take time off work. In these instances, personal injury compensation in Scotland can help cover some of the costs of medical treatment associated with any specialist care you may require and improve your financial situation.

    To help your case, you should report the accident as soon as possible to the responsible party or local authority, secure witness details, and, if possible, take photographs of the accident scene. Speak to one of our dedicated personal injury solicitors in Scotland today. We can help you to get your life back on track.

    We offer straightforward legal advice and take the hassle out of the process for you. Plus, our no-win, no-fee solicitors ensure that you will not have to pay any solicitors fees if we do not win your case.

    How Much Compensation?

    How much compensation can I claim for an accident in public places?

    Like most personal injury claims, the amount of compensation you could receive for your injuries is largely dependent on the circumstances in which the accident in a public space occurred and the severity of the injuries you have sustained.

    Any loss of present or future earnings will be taken into account, as well as any other undue medical or travel expenses. Speak to our public injury lawyers in Scotland for helpful guidance throughout the legal process and an estimate of how much you will receive from your personal injury compensation claim.

    Who can make a personal injury claim for accidents in public places?

    Accident compensation is important to provide you and your loved ones with financial security as you recuperate. We understand that making a claim for compensation can seem like a daunting task, but we are here to help with personal injury claims in Scotland.

    You are eligible to make public liability claims if the accident is proven to be due to the negligence of a third party. If you do not have the mental capacity to make a public liability claim, a family member can make the compensation claim on your behalf.

    If the public liability accident resulted in a fatality and the deceased person has a valid will, the executor of their estate (the person who manages and executes their will) can make a public liability claim with assistance from one of the Watermans personal injury lawyers.

    Why Watermans?

    Why should I choose to pursue my public liability compensation claim with Watermans?

    Watermans make legal services look and feel easy so people can move forward in life.

    Watermans are one of the leading personal injury firms in Scotland. We have personal injury solicitors based in Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow to assist with claims nationwide. We act only for people who have been injured in an accident and never for the at-fault party — or insurance companies who defend these cases.

    Our personal injury experts are committed to doing everything to make the public liability claims process straightforward for our clients following an accident in a public place. We take the hassle from you and fight each case to secure the maximum level of accidents in public places compensation.

    Our personal injury solicitors provide access to a range of additional services, such as physiotherapy and psychological treatment. We aim to ensure you recover from your injuries sustained in a public place as soon as possible and get your life back on track.

    Our expertise in personal injury covers a wide range of areas. At Watermans, we have expertise in accidents at work, public liability claims, road traffic accidents, fatal and serious injury claims and cases relating to child and historical abuse.

    Our law firm represents thousands of clients needing to claim compensation throughout Scotland each year. We’ve secured millions of pounds in compensation for our clients. We work on a no-win, no-fee basis, which means that if your compensation claim is unsuccessful, you won’t end up out of pocket.

    Discover straightforward legal advice from the Watermans team of no-win, no-fee solicitors in Scotland today.

    Accidents in Public Places Claims - FAQs

    You can make a public liability claim if you were injured during an accident in a public space in Scotland. The most common areas where people are injured in public and claim compensation for are:

    • Supermarkets
    • Car parks
    • Train stations
    • Schools
    • Municipal buildings
    • Parks and other recreational areas
    • Sports venues
    • Beaches
    • Gyms
    • Pools

    To make a successful public liability claim, you need to prove that your injury was due to the negligence of a third party, which could be the local government or even the owner of private property. In general terms, negligence can refer to a third party failing to warn you of hazards or a product fault.

    For example, if a third party fails to put up a warning sign for wet floors and you slip as a result, this is negligence. If your accident occurred in a public place, claim compensation with help from our public liability solicitors in Scotland.

    If you suffered a personal injury in a public place, your public liability claim needs to be backed up with as much evidence as possible. You need to be able to prove that the third party of the premises owed you a duty of care and you were injured as a result of their negligence in a public place. If you were injured in a public place, a solicitor from our team can assist you.

    If you were injured in a public place your claim needs to be backed by as much evidence as possible. This evidence can be videos or photos of the accident, witness statements, emergency reports, medical records, financial statements, proof of loss of income, and more. If you were injured in a public place, claim compensation with Watermans to receive straightforward legal advice.

    There is a general time limit of three years for making public liability accident claims in Scotland. This three-year time limit begins from the date of the public place accident or the date you became aware of your injuries. Reach out to a public liability lawyer to claim in time.

    Although the time limit for a public liability injury claim in Scotland is three years, there are a few exceptions to this rule. If a child under the age of 16 is injured, the three-year limit starts from the date they turn 16. If you are claiming for someone who does not have the mental capabilities to do so themselves, no time limit applies. Get in touch with an accidents-in-a -public-place solicitor in Scotland to find out if you are still eligible to claim for a public place accident.

    If you were completely at fault for the accident, it is unlikely that you will receive compensation. However, if you were partly at fault, you can still make a claim. In this case, the compensation may not be as high as it would be if the other party were completely at fault.

    For contributory negligence, you still have the responsibility to gather as much evidence of the third party’s negligence as possible. Reach out to a public injury solicitor at Watermans for an estimate of your possible compensation.

    Depending on where you were when the accident happened, there are a few possible parties responsible for the accident. This can be a public business, the owner of a property, the local government and more. It is their responsibility to ensure that there are measures in place to protect the public from harm. If they have failed to do so, you will be eligible for personal injury claims in Scotland.

    For accidents in public, a solicitor can give you an estimation of how much compensation you will receive with a special calculation. This calculation will take into account the severity of your injuries as well as the mental and emotional consequences of the public accident. A personal injury lawyer in Scotland will also take into account any loss of earnings, medical and rehabilitation costs, as well as the potential adaptations to your home.

    Let Watermans help simplify your accidents in public places claims. Request a callback and get straightforward legal advice from our no-win, no-fee lawyers in Scotland today.

    How much could you claim?

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