Latest Legal News on Public Liability Accidents

slips, trips fallsYou have the right to file for a compensation claim in connection with personal injury when you are involved in an accident while on public property and the injury is not as a result of a fault on your side. The individual or an organization that owns the property or is responsible for maintaining it is required to apply for a public liability insurance cover so that members of the public may be compensated for injuries sustained while they are on that particular property as a result of the management’s negligence. Claim for personal injury as a compensation has to be filed against that specific insurance policy.

Injuries may be caused by sharp objects in public places. They may be caused by fences that have been broken down and by various other obstructions to pavements including skips that are not lit and located on highways at night time. Litter bags could also be the cause of a tripping risk in some walking areas. Vehicles that are parked badly on a roadway may obstruct a pavement partially. We have dealt with several common compensation claims for public liability and most of them involve injuries that may be caused by dangerous pavements or footpaths, pot holes and staircases which are kept in a state of disrepair. There have been cases of people slipping and getting injured on the shopping mall floors, car parks, restaurants and amusement parks.

The latest case that we have dealt with involved compensation advice towards public liability accidents. This particular case was about a personal injury at an amusement park. There have been some serious and fatal injuries that have marred the fun and entertainment at an amusement park. They have been caused by pieces of equipment malfunctioning on roller coasters and various other tripping and slipping accidents on walkways and footpaths.

A case was brought to us by a family member of a person who was unfortunate to suffer personal injuries as a result of an accident at an amusement park. This was clearly a case where a compensation claim for personal injury could be filed under a section of law that dealt with public liability. This family had kept a record of what actually happened and took photographs and this could be of significant relevance to a case. They also collected home address details and names of witnesses. They also kept evidence of visits to the doctors and the treatment that was obtained. They also maintained receipts of all expenses that were related to the injury.

This unfortunate case involved this person paying a visit to an adventure park. She suffered a broken ankle as a result of an accident on a particular carousel. She had climbed on to a ride to help her child who had rushed on to a ride. As she was concentrating on getting the child to climb on to a horse, she took one step backward. Her leg went into a big gap, resulting in the fracture to the ankle. The defendant, operator of the ride argued that the gap was essential to separate the area for the operator’s seat. This gap was over sixty centimeters deep at the time of the accident but it was brought down to only fifteen centimeters by installing an additional platform for the operator of the ride.

Finally, on investigation, it was established by us that this ride had been prone to risk assessment and there was a potential hazard was always present of someone falling down this gap. The very reason that rectification work was carried out immediately after the accident brought the risk assessment clause into play. This accident could have been totally avoided.

Our client was compensated reasonably for the ankle injury suffered in this adventure park. It is therefore necessary to get specialist advice in such cases. Our lawyers are specialists in all personal injury aspects and they know how to work on compensation claims in public liability cases. They will be able to guide you on whether a public liability personal injury claim would be possible for filing for damages and they will show you on how the claim could be pursued.