Accidents just don’t happen at work or on the road, they can happen in public places with sometimes distressing consequences for you and your family.
Which is why if you are pursuing a compensation claim, you need to know you are in the hands of the experts.
At Browell Smith & Co, we have a team of solicitors with specialist knowledge in this often complicated area of the law.
We are acutely aware of the difficulties you may face, and can guide you through the legal process to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Here are some of the most common accidents which occur in public places:
• Injuries caused by defective footpaths, pavements or on roads
• Property maintained by the Local Authority
• Slip/Trips inside supermarkets, shopping centres, car parks and restaurants etc.
• Dangers of objects falling or being left in public places (i.e. building sites/scaffolding)
Councils have a responsibility to ensure that all pavements, roads and highways within their boundaries are clear of defects and maintained to a reasonable standard to avoid accidents.
In addition all companies, no matter what the size, have a duty of care to visitors to ensure they are not at risk of injury when lawfully on their premises.
If it can be proven that you, or anyone that you know, have sustained an injury as a result of a third party falling below the required duty of care then you may be entitled to recover compensation for the injuries sustained.
As a result, it is necessary to establish that someone was to blame for your accident, either as a result of negligence or breach of statutory duty.
Browell Smith & Co can give you the expert legal advice in relation to any accident which you sustained in a public place to ensure the appropriate law is fully considered and the appropriate level of compensation is recovered.
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As with all claims for personal injury compensation there are time limits within which a claim must be lodged with the Court.
For accident claims, court proceedings must be started within three years from the date of your accident.
For occupational disease cases Court proceedings must be started within three years from the date when you first had reasonable grounds to believe that you may be suffering from a condition which has been caused by a third party. This may be your employer or it could be another organisation with whom you worked or who operated a premises close by.
In the event that court proceedings are not started within three years from the relevant date, the negligent party may be able to escape paying compensation on the basis that your claim is out of time.
The law surrounding the time limits for industrial disease compensation is extremely complex and issues will differ from case to case, particularly when seeking compensation on behalf of a former family member. It is not always necessary to have a firm diagnosis from a medical practitioner for the time limit to commence. In these circumstances you seek legal advice from a specialist as soon as you experience symptoms which you believe may have been caused by a third party.
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