The majority of public liability claims are the result of a fall, slip, or trip in a public place. Like the classic scenario of slipping on a banana peel, many public liability cases occur in places like supermarkets, shopping malls, hotel, pubs or even on council property. Whether you sustained your injury on public or private property, you will still likely be entitled to a claim if you are able to demonstrate legal fault or negligence by another party to prove your case.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a public place, please read through the following information and contact a lawyer as soon as possible to make sure you don’t miss any time limits.
In order to ensure the smoothest process possible, you should collect some essential information. First of all, you need to inform the potentially liable party of your injury and the circumstances that contributed to it as soon as possible. You should also seek medical attention right away, even if you only consider your injuries to be minor. Many slip and fall injuries result in symptoms that only appear after some time has passed, like spinal injuries and whiplash. By establishing the injury early on via putting it on your medical record, your claim will be more securely supported down the line.
You can also record the following information so that your lawyer is as prepared as possible with all the details of the case and able to move your claim swiftly along:
- if possible, obtain a copy of the accident incident report if one was made;
- make sure to record all of the contact information of witnesses and, if possible, a copy of any statement they made;
- make sure your medical record is up to date and take pictures of your injury, as well as the scene of the accident or the circumstances that caused your injury;
- if your injury impacts your ability to work, make sure to record lost wages or other types of income to help demonstrate your damages.
As with many legal claims, there are strict time limits that apply. In general, you have to file your claim within three years of the date of the accident. If you miss that deadline, you may still be entitled to file a claim and receive compensation if you are able to provide a reasonable excuse for the delay. However, in order to commence court proceedings, you do need to begin the proceedings within three years of the date of the injury or you will forfeit your right to do so.
If your injuries have resulted in medical expenses and/or rehabilitation expenses, you may be able to receive compensation for them. Depending upon the facts of your case, you may be entitled to compensation for: past and future medical expenses; past and future economic losses; loss of business profits; care provided by family or friends to help you with your injury; paid care services; travel expenses associated with your medical care; and damages associated with pain and suffering.
In general, a public liability claim will usually take from six to 18 months starting from the time you file your claim. If your claim goes to court, not only will it likely be more expensive at the onset of the claim, but it will take longer. Usually, you can expect to add another six to 12 months on to the length of time between filing and compensation.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury, please contact an experienced public liability lawyer such as Gajic Lawyers today. They will be able to assess the likelihood of your claim’s success, judge the severity of your injury, and make sure that your claim is processed on time.
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