Accidents in Public Places

Accidents in public places can occur anywhere – when this happens, Portsmouth and Southampton’s personal injury claim solicitors, Swain & Co are here to help you

Accidents in public places can happen anywhere, from out on the pavement to inside a shop or supermarket.

When visiting a shop, pub, hotel whilst on holiday in the UK, hospital, shopping centre etc, the owners are under a duty of care to ensure that visitors are safe from harm. When walking in public places, such as on pavements, the Local Authorities have a duty of care to ensure you are safe from slips, trips and falls.

For many of us, a visit to a public place is without a problem. However, if you suffer an injury that is not your fault, you may be able to claim compensation for personal injury.

Accidents in public places can include:

• Slipping on a wet floor
• Tripping over uneven pavements
• Having an object fall on you
• Slipping on snow and ice on entrance to a building

This is not exhaustive, and any accident can happen in a public place.

If the owner of the premises, or the council, have failed in the duty to protect the public, they may be liable for the injuries you have sustained.

Supermarket accidents

Supermarket accidents are often used to demonstrate the hazards posed in accidents in public places.

For example, the majority of supermarket accidents occur when someone slips on spillages that staff or other customers may have caused.

The supermarket owner has a legally duty to ensure that there are adequate systems of inspection so spillages are cleaned up and appropriate warning signs are used.

If you slip on spilt yogurt or fruit for example, it is up to the supermarket to prove that they have adequate systems of inspection in place and that the accident was unavoidable from their perspective.

If you are injured in a public place, in a shop or out on the pavement, speak to Swain & Co Solicitors for free to see if you can bring a personal injury claim.

We offer free initial advice and can act on a no win no fee basis – so if you lose your claim, it would cost you nothing


Above information applies to law and procedures in England and Wales only