Accidents in Public Places.

Public Place Accident & Injury Compensation Claims.

When you’re out and about in public, perhaps socialising, exercising, working, shopping, or running errands, you should be able to do so without the risk of being injured.

All public premises, buildings, walkways, and highways should have a responsible party who holds liability for any kind of accident that takes place therein. For example if you have had an accident in a park, or have tripped over a paving stone in the street, your local council will usually be the ones to hold liability in these circumstances.

All businesses that are open to the public, such as shops, cinemas, restaurants, and sports centres, have a legal duty to ensure that everyone who enters their premises does so without risk of injury. Likewise, local authorities and councils have a responsibility to ensure that public highways, parks, and recreational spaces are well maintained and that any potential hazards are removed, reduced, or clearly communicated to the public.

If you are involved in an accident in a public place which occurred due to somebody else’s negligence you may be entitled to claim compensation. Perhaps you were injured when using faulty equipment at a play park, or perhaps you slipped on a spillage in a supermarket which hadn’t been signposted or cleaned up. Whatever the circumstances and the type of injury caused, if the accident took place in a public space, we can help you to claim the compensation you deserve.

Here at Lanyon Bowdler our specialist team of personal injury solicitors have helped many people, just like you, to seek justice after an accident in a public place. We have the knowledge and expertise to handle your case with the diligence it deserves. We’re with you for the whole journey, helping you to claim what you are owed, as well as facilitating access to private medical treatments and therapies to aid you on your road to recovery. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to find out how we can help you.

Our team is also included on the Spinal Injuries Association’s (SIA) approved list of personal injury solicitors.

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What is the Definition of a Public Place?

Many people wrongly believe that a privately owned space, such as a business premises, is not a public place. However, according to Section 9 of the Public Order Act 1936, a public place includes “any highway and any other premises or place to which at the material time the public have or are permitted to have access, whether on payment or otherwise.”

Some examples of public places include:

  • Shops and supermarkets
  • Bars, cafes, and restaurants
  • Theatres, cinemas, and music venues
  • Bowling alleys and arcades
  • Tourist attractions and museums
  • Sports venues and gyms
  • Parks, paths, and roads

All of these places, and any other spaces in which the public are allowed access, even on a temporary basis, should have a responsible party which holds public liability insurance. This insurance covers the public space in the event of an accident occurring, which results in a member of the public being injured, ensuring that the injured party may be adequately compensated for the suffering they have endured due to the accident.

 

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Our Accidents in Public Places Claims Expertise

We pride ourselves on our dedicated and thorough approach to each and every personal injury claim that we handle. We take the time to really get to know you so that we can understand your needs and address your concerns. Our friendly and professional personal injury specialists will keep you in the loop at all times, ensuring you are up to date with the developments of your case.

Not only are we able to provide exceptional legal counsel, we can also support you in other ways such as facilitating access to private medical treatments to aid your recovery, and organising interim payments to ensure that you are not left struggling whilst your claim is ongoing.

Podcasts

Listen here to Dawn Humphries from the Personal Injury team, chatting about the challenges faced by people and their families when dealing with brain injuries.

In this episode Dawn Humphries & Alex Spanner from the Personal Injury team are chatting with local legend Mickey Bushell MBE. Mickey is an Paralympic gold medallist and qualified personal trainer, who works with disabled people to help improve their physical and mental well-being.

Recommendations

The Personal Injury Team is recognised in Tier Two for the West Midlands in the 2024 edition of The Legal 500, which states ‘The entire team is client focussed and will not hesitate to go the extra mile even if the costs of doing the same are not recoverable’.

Testimonials from The Legal 500 include:

‘This team have wide ranging skills and provide a very good service. They have a very personal touch with their clients. They are very approachable and supportive‘.

‘The team headed by Dawn Humphries immediately helped us understand the ability to take a claim forward but was also very clear on the potential pitfalls. We always felt and were assured there was a whole team there to help and support us and our claim’.

Chambers UK 2024 rank the department in Band One and state ‘The firm is particularly experienced in acting for clients with spinal and cerebral injuries. Also skilled in handling military cases, and works alongside clinical negligence and Court of Protection teams to fully support clients.’

Strengths

“The Lanyon Bowdler team are very competent at handling complex cases.”

“A dedicated team who are all specialists in their field.”

“The group does brilliant work for their clients.”

Notable practitioners

Dawn Humphries – Band 2

Dawn Humphries handles a wide range of orthopaedic and spinal injury claims. She is active on an array of personal injury cases, including those relating to workplace accidents and RTAs.

“She is very thorough, extremely welcoming and understanding.”

“Dawn is knowledgeable, experienced and good with claimants.”

Debbie Humphries – Band 2

Debbie Humphries is highlighted for her experience in handling a full range of severe injury matters, including motor incidents and accidents at work.

“She has an excellent reputation.”

Questions Answered Relating to Accidents in Public Places

Who is responsible for an accident in a public place?

When an accident occurs in a public place, the person or organisation who can be held liable will vary depending on the type of public place. In most cases you will be owed a duty of care by one of the following:

  • The local authority or council
  • The owner or occupier of the premises
  • The business or organisation operating in the public place
  • The person who holds responsibility for maintaining the public place

Whoever is in charge of a public place holds the responsibility for ensuring that regular risk assessments are carried out, and that measures are put in place to remove or minimise the risk of injury to the public. For example, it is the responsibility of the local authority to ensure that roads and pavements are well maintained, with potholes being filled in to reduce the risk of a road traffic accident, and broken paving stones being fixed to reduce the risk of people tripping and falling whilst walking or cycling, for example.

Accidents in public places typically happen because the responsible party has failed to uphold their duty of care to ensure the safety of the area. If you have been injured after tripping over a broken paving stone, or slipping on an icy path that wasn’t gritted, you may be able to claim compensation. If you’re unsure who was responsible for your accident in a public place, our specialist personal injury solicitors can help you to find out, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch and begin the claims process with us.

What types of accidents can happen in a public place?

There are a wide variety of outdoor areas and business premises that can be classed as public places, so therefore there are many different types of accidents that could potentially occur. Some of the most common accidents that can happen in a public place include:

  • Slipping on a wet floor
  • Slipping on an icy footpath
  • Tripping over a paving slab
  • Cycling or driving over a pothole
  • Falling from an unstable or unsecured height
  • Being struck by a falling object
  • Being injured by defective equipment
  • Tripping over loose wiring, refuse, or debris
  • Receiving an electric shock from faulty equipment
  • Being involved in a road traffic accident
  • Being assaulted by a person or an animal, such as a dog
  • Being injured when participating in or spectating a sporting activity

This list is not exhaustive, and if you have suffered from any kind of injury which occurred in a public place due to somebody else’s negligence, we can help you to claim the compensation you deserve. If you are 18 or over and your accident occurred in the last three years and you were not to blame, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Even if your accident occurred more than three years ago, or you were partially to blame, we may still be able to help you, so please do speak to one of our friendly and experienced team to find out more. If a child is injured the three year rule doesn’t come into force until they are 18.

Am I eligible to claim compensation after an accident in a public place?

In order to make a successful claim for compensation after an accident in a public place, we must be able to provide evidence that you were owed a duty of care, that somebody was negligent in their duty, and that this negligence caused, or directly contributed to, your injury.

The owner, occupier, or other person who has control over the public place in which you were injured has a legal duty of care to ensure that all those who enter the premises, or use the area, remain as safe as is reasonably possible. This will typically involve the regular carrying out of risk assessments, followed by implementing policies and procedures to ensure that all identified risks are minimised or eradicated.

For example, in a supermarket the manager has a responsibility to ensure that stock is moved around the store carefully to avoid causing injury to shoppers and workers, and that any spillages of produce are signposted promptly and cleared up as quickly as possible in order to prevent customers from slipping. If you have sustained an injury after being struck by an unsecured object, or by slipping on a spillage which wasn’t clearly signposted, you may have a valid claim for compensation.

If you are unsure as to whether or not you have valid grounds on which to claim compensation, please get in touch with our personal injury team. We’ll be happy to discuss the circumstances of your accident, and once we have a clear picture of exactly what happened, we can advise you further.

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Contact Lanyon Bowdler’s Accidents in Public Places Solicitors

Our Personal Injury Team is accredited by the Associated of Personal Injury Lawyers, and the Law Society, as well as being accredited brain injury specialists, and experts in catastrophic injury claims. We are proud to have been highly ranked by both The Legal 500 and Chambers UK, which should offer you the peace of mind and reassurance to know that you’re in safe hands.

Please contact a member of the team or complete our online enquiry form.

Lanyon Bowdler has specialist Personal Injury Solicitors in Shrewsbury, Bromyard, Hereford, Ludlow, Oswestry, Telford, and Conwy in North Wales. We regularly act for clients regarding Personal Injury Claims across Shropshire, Herefordshire, Mid and North Wales, Birmingham, and the Midlands. As a leading law firm, we can represent you wherever you live in England or Wales.

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Dawn Humphries
Dawn Humphries
Partner
Personal Injury
Debbie Humphries
Debbie Humphries
Partner
Personal Injury
Phillip Roberts
Phillip Roberts
Partner
Personal Injury
Isabella Drummond
Isabella Drummond
Paralegal Apprentice
Personal Injury | Medical Negligence
Lauren McCarthy
Lauren McCarthy
Legal Support Assistant
Personal Injury
Helen Gale
Helen Gale
Legal Support Assistant
Personal Injury
Kelly Gibbons
Kelly Gibbons
Legal Support Assistant
Personal Injury
Claudia Booth
Claudia Booth
Trainee Solicitor
Personal Injury
Amy Burgoyne
Amy Burgoyne
Legal Support Assistant
Personal Injury
Karen Clarke
Karen Clarke
Associate Legal Executive (FCILEX)
Personal Injury
Phyllis Smith
Phyllis Smith
Senior Litigation Assistant
Personal Injury
Alexander Spanner
Alexander Spanner
Solicitor
Personal Injury
Sophie Speirs
Sophie Speirs
Trainee Solicitor
Personal Injury
Morgan Thompson
Morgan Thompson
Legal Assistant
Personal Injury
Cameron Petch
Cameron Petch
Paralegal Apprentice
Personal Injury
Jo Kneller
Jo Kneller
Solicitor
Personal Injury
Sarah Martin
Sarah Martin
Costs Draftsman
Medical Negligence | Personal Injury
Mandy Mason
Mandy Mason
Chartered Legal Executive (FCILEX)
Personal Injury
Jane Miles
Jane Miles
Associate Solicitor
Personal Injury
Andrew Morris
Andrew Morris
Trainee Costs Draftsman
Medical Negligence | Personal Injury
Miriam Homer
Miriam Homer
Solicitor
Personal Injury
David Hughes
David Hughes
Costs Manager
Medical Negligence | Personal Injury
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Mown Down Running Away From Assailants

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Motor Accident – Claim Valued at £4m

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Local Lawyer Concerns for Coach Safety

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Liability Admitted After Serious Head Injury

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Pensioner awarded Compensation after Trip

Lanyon Bowdler successfully won a case for a pensioner from Oldham, who tripped when she stepped backwards and caught he...
Dawn Humphries • 26 Feb 2024
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Injuries Sustained to Non Dominant Ring Finger

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Dawn Humphries • 26 Feb 2024
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Damages Awarded After Claimant Fell From Ladder

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Severe Brain Damage after being Deliberately Thrown from Moving Car

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Compensation Claim for Jet Ski Collision

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Slip at Work due To Overgrown Moss

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Dawn Humphries • 26 Feb 2024
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Claim for Psychiatric Injuries

Mrs T was not actually involved in the accident. She was at home in England at the time. This would have prevented her f...
Dawn Humphries • 26 Feb 2024
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Claim for Noise Induced Hearing Loss

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Dawn Humphries • 26 Feb 2024
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Claim for Farming Accident

Whilst already past the normal age of retirement at the date of the accident, the Claimant had intended to continue work...
Dawn Humphries • 26 Feb 2024
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Claimant Awarded £1m After Work Accident

The claimant required major reconstructive surgery and extensive rehabilitation. The claimant suffered complete loss of ...
Dawn Humphries • 26 Feb 2024
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Catastrophic Boiler Failure

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Attacked by Abusive Neighbour

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Dawn Humphries • 26 Feb 2024
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Victim Of Abuse

We acted for a claimant who had been the victim of a crime, as they were abused....
Dawn Humphries • 26 Feb 2024
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£1m for Claimant Blinded at Work

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Dawn Humphries • 26 Feb 2024
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Successful Claim For Family After Father Dies In Road Traffic Accident

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Dawn Humphries • 25 Jan 2024
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Motorcyclist In Road Traffic Accident Seeks Help With Claim

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Dawn Humphries • 01 Aug 2023
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Vehicle Hit by Detached Trailer

The claimant sustained multiple serious orthopaedic injuries, damaged hearing, vestibular impairment and psychological s...
28 Jul 2023
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Falling Machinery Causes Accident at Work

As the piece of machinery was being laid down to a horizontal position, the weight overcame all involved causing the mac...
28 Jul 2023
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Ambulance Involved in Head-On Collision

Whilst en route with a patient, the ambulance was involved in a head on collision. The claimant was thrown around the re...
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Inspirational Brain Injury Conference a Major Success

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Lanyon Bowdler Featured on the Shropshire Live Website • 21 Mar 2024
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Mown Down Running Away From Assailants

The claimant sustained multiple injuries, one of which was a serious head injury....
Dawn Humphries • 26 Feb 2024
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Motor Accident – Claim Valued at £4m

This case was contested, and described by the defendants as one of the most complex cases in terms of injury and causati...
Dawn Humphries • 26 Feb 2024
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Man Killed in Road Traffic Accident in Holland

Mr A was killed in a road traffic accident in Holland. He left a partner and two small children....
Dawn Humphries • 26 Feb 2024
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Local Lawyer Concerns for Coach Safety

In 2004 new regulations were introduced which stated that any passenger over fourteen must wear a seat belt (if there is...
Dawn Humphries • 26 Feb 2024
Case Study
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Liability Admitted After Serious Head Injury

The firm was instructed to act for the claimant who was involved in a road traffic accident at the age of 53 years and s...
Dawn Humphries • 26 Feb 2024
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Pensioner awarded Compensation after Trip

Lanyon Bowdler successfully won a case for a pensioner from Oldham, who tripped when she stepped backwards and caught he...
Dawn Humphries • 26 Feb 2024
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Injuries Sustained to Non Dominant Ring Finger

The claimant worked for a firm of solicitors and sustained injuries to her non dominant ring finger when using a ladder ...
Dawn Humphries • 26 Feb 2024
Case Study
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Damages Awarded After Claimant Fell From Ladder

The claimant fractured his neck after falling from a ladder whilst spraying a wasp’s nest through a long lance and wea...
Dawn Humphries • 26 Feb 2024
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Severe Brain Damage after being Deliberately Thrown from Moving Car

The claimant aged 40, was left severely brain damaged and requiring 24 hour double up lifelong care after being delibera...
Dawn Humphries • 26 Feb 2024
Case Study
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Compensation Claim for Jet Ski Collision

Liability was denied on the basis that the claimant cut across the path of the defendant. Evidence suggested the defenda...
Dawn Humphries • 26 Feb 2024
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