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Get in touch with us today to speak to a member of our personal liability injuries team. Your initial no-obligation consultation is completely free. We are here to provide expert guidance and legal support for your serious injury compensation claim.

Public liability claims can be made if you’ve had an accident in a public place or a privately operated space such as a shop or a railway station. If you have an accident in a public place and it wasn’t your fault, you could be eligible for compensation if you start the legal process within 3 years of the accident happening. We’re here to help you claim the financial compensation you deserve, as well as recovering any fees for rehabilitation, travel costs and medical care.

What is a public liability claim?

If you’ve been injured in a public place through no fault of your own then this is considered a public liability claim. Examples of this could include slipping on a spillage in a supermarket aisle. The supermarket should have taken reasonable steps to ensure your safety, so you could be entitled to compensation.

Examples of public liability claims could include:

  • Tree roots in public parks
  • Accidents in school playgrounds
  • Supermarket spillages
  • Uneven pavements
  • Obstructions on paths
  • Hazardous rubbish left in public places
  • Defective stairwells
  • Potholes
  • Burns/scalds
  • Horse riding accidents
  • Faulty equipment (such as electronics, lighting, etc)


What information do I need to provide for my public liability claim?


It’s important to provide as much evidence as you can to show that the accident wasn’t your fault. The following will help strengthen your public liability claim:

  • Take photographs of where your accident happened
  • Report your accident to the staff, owner or organisation
  • Take the names and addresses of any witnesses

Don’t worry if you’re not able to gather this evidence – we may still be able to investigate your claim.


How much does it cost?

We offer free initial legal advice to help determine whether or not you have a potential public liability case.

Those of you with Trade Union Cover or Legal Expense Insurance are eligible for free legal advice and representation. Public legal aid isn’t usually available for personal injury claims, though it may be available for exceptional circumstances.

If you’re not eligible for any of the above then you can benefit from our conditional fee arrangements. In other words, this is the popular ‘no win no fee’ agreement. If you lose your case you won’t have to pay any legal costs. However, if you win your case you only have to pay us a small percentage of your compensation amount. For more information on our public liability claim fees click here.


Why choose Birchall Blackburn Law?

We’re a tight-knit team with over 50 years experience in helping people make successful personal injury claims. We cut out the legal jargon and make sure you know what’s going on every step of the way.

Your serious injury solicitor will be on hand to guide you through the often complex legal proceedings. We use our expertise combined with our naturally compassionate approach to help you achieve the best outcome for you and your family.

For free initial legal advice on your serious injury call our Serious Injury Solicitors on freephone 0800 614 722


 Slips, trips and falls can happen anywhere, at anytime. If your injury happened because you tripped and fell on a poorly maintained pavement, in a park or any other non-privately owned space then it could be classed as a public liability case.

Slips trips and falls can also include accidents that happen during snowy weather where the appropriate safety procedures, such as gritting, have not taken place.
Click here for more information on claims for slips, trips and falls in a public place.

Falling debris, polluted or contaminated air and exposure to waste materials are just some examples of the causes of a public liability injury.

A business or organisation has the responsibility to ensure the public aren’t exposed to hazardous chemicals or materials.

Click here for more information on claiming for exposure to hazardous chemicals or materials.
 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is used to protect employees against health and safety risks in the workplace. PPE can include helmets, gloves, high-vis clothing, safety footwear, eye protection and harnesses.

PPE should be used if you are exposed to contaminated air, falling debris, corrosive substances and extreme temperatures, to name but a few.

If your employer hasn’t provided adequate PPE and you’ve had an accident as a result of this then you could make a claim. All employers must ensure they provide the suitable PPE its employers need to stay safe in the workplace and get the job done.

Click here for more information on injuries from faulty products or equipment.

Manual handling is a daily task for some people – and it can come with many risks if proper training hasn’t been carried out.

Lifting accidents, or manual handling claims, cover a range of activities at work such as carrying, lowering, pushing, pulling, supporting and, of course, lifting. They can happen in workplaces such as farms, warehouses, building sites or any place where manual handling is required.

Click here for more information on horse riding accidents.
 Accidents happen but sometimes it is through no fault of your own. Slips, trips and falls at work or in public can be caused by wet floors, cracked / uneven pavements, obstacles in your path, poor lighting and uneven flooring.

If the person or organisation responsible hasn’t taken the necessary steps to ensure the safety of their employees or the public, such as adequate signage for a wet floor or cleaning up spillages straight away, then you could have a claim for your slip, trip or fall.

Click here for more information on accidents at school or on the playground.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 states, “It is the duty, as far as reasonably practicable, to ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of all employees.”

Find out whether or not your employers are sticking to the correct health and safety legislation, what counts as a manual handling accident, how to make a public liability claim and much more.

Click here for more information on burns or scalds
 Personal injury can sometimes feel like a grey area. In our Personal Injury FAQ we answer all your questions from “What can I claim?” to “What is a ‘no win, no fee’ agreement?”

Click here for the full Personal Injury FAQ.
 Use our personal injury calculator to find out if you have a potential claim.

If you want to make an enquiry about a personal injury – you can request a call back from our team at a time that suits you.

Click here to go to the Personal Injury Calculator