A Duty of Care
What is important to note is that in a public place there is a duty of care on the persons responsible for this area to ensure that a personal injury* does not occur. In some cases a slip, trip or fall can be attributed to the person who suffered the accident. However, in many other cases, the accident can be attributed to the negligence of the persons responsible for the upkeep of the area. These are the people with the legal duty of care to protect people from injury.
What to do after an accident in a public place*?
Following an accident in a public place*, there are a number of steps you should follow:
Seek medical attention
Your health is your wealth and should be your first priority. Immediately after a public place accident*, take a second to assess yourself to determine if you have any injuries and seek the relevant medical attention. If you have sustained a serious injury ensure that you contact an ambulance to attend the scene.
For minor injuries, you must remember that minor injuries where you ‘feel fine’ could progress to a more serious injury in the future. In this case it is always better to be safe than sorry and advisable that you go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) or local GP to be checked out.
Report the accident
If you have an accident in a public place* it is important to report it to the persons who are in charge of the upkeep of property.
Examples of such are:
Identify any witnesses
If possible, try to collect the contact details of anybody that witnessed the accident. This may be of good use if you do decide to pursue a public place accident claim*. It is also useful to find out if there is any CCTV in the area where the accident happened.
Document the incident
It is important that you collect all the relevant information in connection with your accident:
- How the accident happened
- Details of any witnesses
- If there are any CCTV recordings of the accident
- Take pictures of where the accident happened and what caused you to slip, trip or fall
Speak to a public place accident solicitor*
If you are considering moving forward with a public place accident claim* for any personal injuries sustained it is advisable that you speak with a public place accident claims solicitor* as soon as possible. If you are proceeding with a claim, the first step will be submitting your claim to the Injuries Board for assessment. A public place accident solicitor* can help you in preparing your application to the Injuries Board and ensure that you follow the process in the correct format, meaning that you can move forward with your claim quickly without unnecessary delays.
It is important to remember to keep copies of any expenses that you have incurred as a result of the accident. It is also imperative to retain copies of medical reports or incident report forms where possible as you will need them when making a claim.
Once these steps have been taken and if your claim is something that we can help you with, we can begin to take action for you.