You never know what’s around the corner in life. Accidents can happen at any time in any place, and the consequences can in some cases be life-changing.
Some incidents are unavoidable when you’re out and about, but there are also plenty of cases where the negligence of a single person or organization could be to blame.
We’ve detailed the three most common types of accidents in public and what you should do if you’re unfortunate enough to be involved in one.
Slips, trips, and falls
Falls are common in public because they can happen in many different scenarios – it could happen to you due to a spillage at the pub, an unsafe set of stairs at a restaurant, or a multitude of other scenarios.
If no steps have been taken to stop your accident from taking place then you could have a case to claim compensation.
Accidents in shops and supermarkets
Shops and supermarkets are full of potential hazards, from busy car parks to spillages and precariously stacked shelves.
In the event of a spillage, it should not be left unattended by a store worker. If it is and it causes you to slip over, that could be considered negligent on the part of the retailer.
Just under a third of supermarket customers visit the shops 2-3 times a week, which makes it more likely that they will be involved in an accident there.
Local authorities have a responsibility to keep public highways safe for use. If you trip due to a crack in the pavement or fall over because of a pothole in a road crossing, you could really hurt yourself.
It is easy to report such issues online. So even if you have a lucky escape, let the council know about the issue to do your part to help prevent someone else from suffering an injury in the same circumstances.
What to do if you’re injured in public
If you’re injured following an accident in public, you could be able to claim compensation. This could help cover any medical costs, lost earnings and fees for any care you’ve required.
There are a few key steps to follow in the aftermath of the incident:
- Inform the property owner or local authority
- Seek medical attention
- Get details of any witnesses who could provide a statement
- Take photos of the scene of the incident and your injuries
- Make an official complaint
- Get legal advice on your chances of making a successful compensation claim
Many law firms take personal injury claims on a no-win no fee basis, so you won’t have anything to pay unless your claim is successful.
However, in most cases, you will only be eligible to claim within three years of the date of your accident.