PUBLIC LIABILITY CLAIMS

Public Liability Claims

WORK ACCIDENT CLAIMS

CAUSES OF

PUBLIC LIABILITY ACCIDENTS

The most common of reasons as to how people are involved in a slip, trip or fall accident in a public place are:

  • Uneven or broken pavements and footpaths leading to personal injury

  • Wet or slippery supermarket or shop floors, due to spillage or cleaning. Where no warning or ‘cleaning in progress’ sign is displayed

  • Tripping on obstacles on the floor, such as cables from electrical units, or boxes left on a floor

  • Trip and fall on stairs due to bad lighting or due to the absence of handrails for balance.

  • Injured on somebody else’s private property due to hazardous conditions.

Public liability claims can occur in different environments. From tripping on a pavement, falling in a supermarket on a wet or slippery floor, trip or fall in the workplace. All of these occurrences can lead to serious personal injury. It is important to note that in a public place, there is a duty of care on the persons responsible for this area to ensure that a personal injury does not occur.

 

In some cases a slip, trip or fall can be attributed to the person who suffered the accident. However, in many other cases, the accident can be attributed to the negligence of the persons responsible for the upkeep of the area. These are the people with the legal duty of care to protect people from injury.

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ACCIDENT TYPES

The most common accident types that occur in public places are the following:

  • Footpath Slips, Trips or Falls

  • Supermarket Slips, Trips or Falls

  • Hotel Injury Claim for Slip, Trip or Fall

  • Slip, Trip or Fall in a Bar or Pub

  • Slip Trip or Fall at Work or in the office

  • Personal injuries * on a private property

  • Injured at a restaurant

  • Lift accidents 

STEPS TO MAKING A CLAIM

1. REPORT THE ACCIDENT

It is very important that you report your slip, trip or fall to the owner of the premises. Once reported, you should ensure that the incident is recorded on their side. Check that they take details the accident and how it happened. It is advisable to request a copy of any incident reports you complete.  Furthermore, it is required to be signed as proof that you reported the accident. This is important for when you make your claim.

 

2.  DOCUMENT THE ACCIDENT

Keep a very detailed record of the accident. This will help you recall the incident when you speak to a solicitor. You should:

  • Request details and contact information of any persons that may have witnessed the accident.

  • Take pictures of the accident scene. In addition to any prevailing factors that caused the accident and also take pictures of any physically visible injuries.

  • Keep any receipts for any additional expenses that arose from the accident

  • Request copies of any medical records/examinations that a doctor may have carried out. This will be the record of the extent of your injuries. If you tend to your injuries yourself without any medical attention, then you will find yourself with a lack of evidence to prove that you suffered a personal injury.

3. SPEAK TO A PUBLIC LIABILITY ACCIDENT  SOLICITOR

After being involved in a workplace accident and if you are considering moving forward with a claim for any personal injuries or material damages sustained it is advisable that you speak with a work accident claims solicitor as soon as possible.

 

If proceeding with a claim the first step will be submitting your claim to the Injuries Board for assessment. 

It is important to remember to keep copies of any expenses that you have incurred as a result of the accident and also to retain copies of medical reports or Garda reports, where possible as you will need them when making a claim.

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