Often an accident is just that, an accident. They happen to us all and its unfortunate but there is no one to blame. Sometimes however, an accident is not just an accident but is the fault of someone’s negligent actions. If you or a loved one has had an accident in a public place – firstly get yourself some medical treatment and get on the mend and secondly as yourself who is to blame? If the answer is not ‘no one’ you should be getting in touch with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Who is to Blame For My Accident?
This can be a difficult question to answer, and you will need to consult with a personal injury lawyer to get a legal opinion. As a general rule of thumb though, if something could have been done to prevent your accident – the fault will lie with the owner of the public place. The owner of a public place has a responsibility to ensure that the public who use it are safe. Owners of many public places will have public liability insurance to cover them in the event that an individual has an accident.
For example, most pavements are owned by the local council, so if you trip and fall due to an uneven paving slab this will be their fault if they did not maintain it properly. If nothing could have been done to prevent your accident – no one is likely to be held responsible.
However, most cases are not clear-cut and it may not be obvious at all who is to blame for your accident. If you are in this position do not despair because it does not necessarily meant that your case is invalid. Simply contact a personal injury lawyer today to find out whether your case would be viable in court.
How Do I Claim For An Accident In A Public Place?
- Get medical treatment – it is important that you put your health first. Make sure you get the treatment you need. If you do get medical treatment, try and ensure that a record is kept of your visits to the doctor and/or the hospital as this will be used to show there is a temporal link between the accident you had and the injuries you are suffering from.
- Contact a personal injury lawyer – they will take you through the claiming process step by step. Claiming for compensation does not need to be stressful with a solicitor who knows this area of law inside out. Do this as soon as possible because the longer you leave it, the less likely it is that you will win the compensation that you deserve.
- Keep a record – keep a record of both your physical and psychological injuries and of any financial losses you have incurred as a direct result of your accident.