Public liability compensation claims

Our specialist No Win, No Fee solicitors can help you make a compensation claim if you are injured on public property.


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A guide to making a public liability compensation claim

Put simply, a public liability accident is any accident that happens in a public place or on public property.

If you have been involved in such an accident, resulting in personal injury and it wasn’t your fault, then one of our qualified and experienced solicitors will be able to assist you in making a claim for compensation.

It is the responsibility of the owner of a public area or those responsible for maintaining the public area to ensure that members of the public are safe whilst on their property. If an individual suffers an accident due to the negligence of the person or company responsible for maintaining the property, then a claim for compensation  could be made against their public liability insurance policy.


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Types of public liability accident claims

We deal with a lot of of different types of public liablity compensation claims, with some of the most common being…

  • Tripping accidents as a result of a defective paving flag/kerb stone/pothole on the street/road
  • Slipping accidents as a result of spillages in a supermarket or other public place
  • Obstructions and other hazards left in public areas
  • Being struck by a falling object
  • Burns or scalds caused by hot water taps, hot drinks and spills in restaurants/cafes
  • Contact injuries from hazardous substances e.g. chenical burns
  • Finger and hand injuries caused by being stuck in doors
  • Shattered or broken glass in public
  • Hazardous materials such as asbestos
  • Sudden stops or drops of lifts and escalators
  • Whiplash injuries from faulty fairground rides, escalators, lifts etc…

How much compensation can I claim for public liability?

The amount of your compensation payout for a successful public liability claim will depend on a number of factors, and as such it is not possible to provide an accurate estimate.

Factors such as the severity of your injury and how it has affected your day-to-day life and ability to work will all be taken into account to assess your public liability compensation amount.

To see average compensation payout amounts, read our detailed guide to personal injury claim payouts.

What can I claim for?

As with all personal injury claims, a public liability compensation claim can be made for both GENERAL  and SPECIAL damages…


These are to compensation you for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity caused by your injury.

The exact amount of general damages to be awarded will be assessed according to the extent of injury, estimated recovery time and rehabilitation needed – and whether further medical treatment or even lifelong care is needed.


These are paid to cover any medical fees and other out-of-pocket expenses you have incurred as a result of the injury.

Expenses can include anything from physiotherapy, loss of earnings, travel expenses to hospital or damage to personal items. In more serious cases, ongoing care, loss of future salary and pension or adaptations to your home would be included.

Public liability claims time limits

Public liability compensation claims fall under the area of law known as personal injury – and as such are subject to the same time limits as other personal injury claims.

Personal injury claimants typically have three years from the date of the injury to make a claim of compensation. Claims can sometimes be made outside of this time limit though – particularly claims involving asbestos where the affects of exposure can take a long time to materialise.

For the most part though, you have three year from the date of your accident to make a claim – so it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible if you have suffered an injury following an accident that wasn’t your fault.

How to make a claim

If you have had an accident in a public place that has caused an injury, it is important to follow the below steps…

  • Report the accident to the owner/those responsible for maintaining the area where you had your accident
  • Seek medical treatment for your injuries either with your GP or hospital
  • Take photographs of the hazard that caused your accident.
  • Are there any witnesses to the accident? Obtain their contact details.
  • Keep receipts/details of all out of pocket expense you have incurred as a direct result of this accident e.g. loss of earnings/medical costs/prescription charges/damaged clothing etc.

This ensures that there is a record of your accident in the public space, and that your injuries and any immediate expenses you incurred as a result of them are well documented – all of which will aid your claim for compensation.

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0151 225 0197

100% No Win No Fee

We work on a No Win No Fee basis, so if you're claim is not successful you don't pay anything.

Find out if you are eligible to make a claim for compensation below...