I have just been injured in a public place. What do I do?
If you are injured in a public place you may be able to make a claim for compensation. To make the process easier and to identify any negligence of third parties you should:
1. Seek medical attention
It is important that you seek medical attention straight away. This may mean that you require an ambulance to attend the scene if you are seriously injured. If you are not seriously injured, attend upon your general practitioner. Keep in mind that a lot of injuries will slowly come out and become more painful as time passes, so it is beneficial that you seek medical attention as soon as possible after you are injured.
2. Take photos
There are many causes of accidents in public places, such as slipping on liquids on the floor, tripping hazards and unsafe walkways, just to name a few. To support your claim, you should ask someone to take photos of everything in the immediate vicinity of where you were injured and as soon after the incident as possible.
3. Report your accident
You should report your accident and injury to the appropriate person that has care and control of the place in which your injury occurred so that they are aware of your accident.
If you are able to, immediately after your accident, you or a friend or family member with you should try to collect the details of any witnesses who saw the accident. This will help your claim in the long run, as witnesses are often difficult to track down, especially if they are just passers-by.
Similarly, you should get the details of any employees who were present at the time of the accident or who attended to you afterwards.
4. Contact us
Contact us at Foye Legal so that we can assess your claim and advise you whether you are eligible to make a claim. This is at no cost to you. Please note that there are time restrictions on when you can make a public liability claim. You should endeavour to get in touch with us as soon as possible after your accident.