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Accident in a public place

Following an accident in a public place, you may be initially uncertain as to who is responsible for your injury. If you are unsure as to whether your injury occurred due to negligence on behalf of a local authority, or due to negligence on behalf of a private land owner, we can help.

Slips, trips, and falls in public

This December, most of us will likely find ourselves crammed into busy shopping centres, engaged in a seemingly never ending hunt for last minute stocking fillers. These cramped conditions combined with the inevitable wet weather could mean an increased probability of a slip, trip, or fall – particularly where councils and business owners do not take the proper precautions.

Accident in a public place – who is to blame?

The owner and occupier of a publicly accessible property is responsible for maintaining the property. This duty of care exists whether the property is publicly or privately owned. For example, a supermarket or shop may be held responsible where a slip, trip, or fall was reasonably foreseeable due to wet surfaces.


Who is responsible?
    • Highways
    • Some parks
    • Some schools
    • Some libraries
    • Some museums


Local authority
    • Shops
    • Cinema
    • Workplace
    • Restaurants
    • Same plazas


The occupier


Personal injury compensation – gathering evidence

We advise gathering evidence in support your claim. This could include:

  • Photograph of the scene of the injury
  • Photograph of the injury
  • Witness statements

The experience of suffering an accident in a public place is often coupled with the embarrassment of being caught off guard in front of strangers. The feeling of being unfairly exposed in a public setting means that many of our clients are eager to move away from the scene of the injury without gathering evidence. If you have been injured in an accident in a public place, and you did not gather evidence, speak to our expert team of personal injury solicitors today to discover how we could help you.

Accident in a public place – expert advice

Official statistics from the year ending 2013 show that over 7,000 hospital admissions were linked to poor weather conditions. Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in providing expert support and guidance in cases of accidents in a public place. If you believe that you may be entitled to personal injury compensation, contact us today for your FREE no-obligation consultation.

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