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What is an Accident in Public Claim?

An accident in public includes any accident that could have occurred on a public premise including parks, supermarkets, buses and shopping centres. These types of claims are also known as “Occupiers’ Liability” claims, which means that by law, it is the occupiers or owners of the premises responsibility to ensure the safety of the visitors at all times. 

What are the common types of public liability claims? 

There are many locations in which you can be injured in public; with our solicitors’ extensive knowledge, we found that the most common types of public liability cases include: 

  • Slips, trips, and falls – which can occur in a variety of places.
  • Accidents on private land. 
  • Accidents in Government buildings.
  • Accidents on public transport.
  • Accidents in shops, cafes and restaurants.

If you have been in an accident in a public place, speak to our advisors now.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Occupiers’ Liability Act of 1960.

    The Occupiers’ Liability Act was introduced in Scotland in 1960. The occupier of the land is the owner, or the person held responsible for the land or premises. They have a duty of care to ensure the safety of the visitors of the premises at all times. That includes being responsible for adhering to health and safety guidelines and enforcing regular maintenance checks.

    If the occupier or the owner of the premises is aware of any risks on their property that could possibly pose a hazard to the visitors, they should resolve it in the best possible time. If there are any hazards on the property, the occupier must clearly inform the visitors of these.

    If you have been in an accident on someone’s premises that was not your fault, contact one of our experts now at Belmont solicitors. We understand that these accidents can be incredibly traumatising to you and your family; we pride ourselves on immaculate customer service, and we guarantee to make your legal process as straightforward and stress-free as possible.

  • How much is my public liability claim worth?

    The amount of compensation you will receive is significantly determined by the severity of the accident. Some factors are more influential in determining how much compensation you may get; the most common significant factors include:

    • The severity of physical and psychological damage you have experienced.
    • Cost of the treatment you needed to recover after your accident in public. These can include expenses for physiotherapy or psychotherapy.
    • The extent of time missed off work due to recovery from the injuries you have experienced.

    Our solicitors have 26 years of combined experience in personal injury claims; they know precisely how to ensure that you get the highest possible compensation in the most stress-free and uncomplicated way.

  • How long do I have to claim?

    In Scotland, you make a public liability claim for up to three years after the accident has happened. If you are under the age of 16, this time limit does not apply; your parent or guardian can claim at any moment until the age of 16 in Scotland. After the child turns 16, you can claim up to three years from their 16th birthday.

    There as some exceptions during which the time limit does not apply, for example, due to health or mental health issues.

    If you would like to find out more about starting a successful personal injury claim, contact one of our solicitors now at Belmont Solicitors.

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If you we think that you have a strong claim, we may be able to support you on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. This means that if your claim is unsuccessful you won’t be out of pocket.

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Belmont Solicitors will ensure that you get the support that you need in the aftermath of your injury. We also recognise that interim payments and early rehabilitation can be vitally important to clients.

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    • Well thanks to Belmont, i’ve manage to get my injury claim in rather quickly is feels like. They are a great team and keep you updated throughout each process they do with with you, as well as making sure well informed. would very highly recommend. will also mention they give very clear instructions throughout the process and they are very helpful!

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