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Most common accidents in public places

Accidents in public places sadly do happen. They can occur anywhere, and when they do, they can happen of no fault of your own. Experiencing an accident in public can lead to a spectrum of injuries, and serious injuries are frequent. Serious injuries can have a tremendous impact on your physical health, mental health and financial stability. If you have experienced an accident in a public place due to no fault of your own, we highly advise that you contact one of our experienced solicitors at Solicitors On Your Side to get the highest possible compensation for your case.

Where can public accidents occur?

Public accidents can happen anywhere. However, there is a range of places where they happen more likely to occur. It is the occupier’s responsibility to ensure the safety of all visitors in a public place. Examples of these places include:

  • Roads, pavements and parks
  • Public transport
  • Shops and Supermarkets
  • Pubs and clubs

We advise that these are just the most common places where accidents can occur. If you have experienced an accident in a public place, contact Solicitors On Your Side now.

Common accidents in public places

There is a range of accidents that can occur in public places and the list can be never-ending. However, the most common ones include:

  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Electric shocks
  • Falling from a height
  • Collisions

Injuries you can experience from accidents

You can experience a range of injuries from public accidents. Some injuries may have long or short impacts on your daily life. Serious injuries can have severe long-term, life-changing impacts on your life, forcing you to change your daily routine forever. There is a range of serious injuries you can face from accidents in public. However, the most common ones include:

  • Broken bones
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Head and brain injuries
  • Spine injuries

More severe accidents can even result in a tragic fatality. If you would like to discover more about fatal accidents, read our Fatal Accidents Page or contact one of our experienced solicitors at Solicitors On Your Side.

Impacts of serious injuries on you

If you experience a serious injury from an accident in public, these injuries will likely stick with you until the rest of your life. Serious injuries such as broken bones and head injuries can seriously stop you from performing everyday tasks and restrict you from attending work. Sick pay is not likely to be helpful if you cannot work for extended periods.

You may also face life-changing, long term injuries that will forever have an impact on your everyday life, such as brain, head and spinal injuries. In that case, it is necessary to make significant changes to your life, your house, car or your job, and getting the appropriate compensation can help you with that. To read more about this, visit our Serious Injuries Page.

You may also need a range of treatments and rehabilitation after your injuries, and you may decide to have your treatments privately. It is necessary to get the correct compensation to cover the costs of any treatments that you may need.

Who is responsible for accidents in public?

It depends on where the accident has occurred. If the accident happened on a road or pavement, this is usually under the authority of the council. The local authority of the area is responsible to maintain the safety of the public premises. Local authorities by law are required to maintain the duty of care across public roads and pavements. During this, the local authority is liable if any damages occur. To claim, you must prove that the damages could have been prevented if the correct procedure and checks were carried out.

If the accident occurred on a public premise such as a; shop, supermarket or pub, it is the occupier’s responsibility to ensure the safety of all visitors of the premises. The Occupier’s Liability Act of 1957 was put in place to protect all visitors of the premises, ensuring that the occupier keeps the premises to a reasonably safe standard.

The occupier is not necessarily the owner of the premises but the person that holds the responsibility for the premises. There is a range of things that the occupier of the premises must do to ensure safety:

  • Carry out regular health and safety checks.
  • Carry out maintenance checks to detect any dangers and take care of them to the highest possible standard as soon as possible.

If any hazards are present on the premises, the occupier should also do a range of things to ensure that the visitors are aware of them, by displaying any warning signs.

We can help you!

Experiencing a personal injury from being hurt in a public place can be an extremely traumatising and stressful experience. Contact Solicitors On Your Side, we can help you get the highest possible compensation for your case in the most stress-free and easy way, enabling you to get back to your daily life in the best possible way.

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