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 claim for damages once liability can be proven.
Accidents in a public place include all privately and publicly owned places such as restaurants, pubs, shopping centres, parks, nightclubs, train stations, airports, gym, footpaths and so on, Basically any place where the public is expected to visit. If your accident was the result of a slip, trip or fall in the public area which is owned by a local council you can bring a claim against this local authority. It is the duty of the local council or building owner to provide a safe environment for the users of the public place, This is known as Public Liability.
If you, or your child have been injured in an accident in a public area, keep a record of the event; and take photographs, names and home addresses of witnesses; keep evidence of doctors visits related to the incident and keep receipts for any injury related expenses as this will be needed to prove liability. There is a 2 year time limit to making a personal injury claim from the date of the accident, so it’s advisable to seek expert legal advice as soon as you think you may have a valid public place accident claim. It’s often easier to investigate your accident claim if you begin proceedings quickly. (Children have a longer time limit – see Children involved in Accidents.)
At Synnott Lawline Solicitors our dedicated team deals with claims for accidents in public places on a daily basis and we have extensive experience in successfully claiming for accidents in public places. Our focus is on keeping things clear and simple for our clients so they don’t have to worry.
- Dangerous or cracked footpaths
- Tree roots
- Defective rails or supports
- Slippery surfaces
- Pubs and Clubs
- Supermarkets & shopping centres
- Train & bus stations
- Public roads
- Universities / Schools