Public Liability Lawyers
If your injury occurred in a public place like a shopping mall, supermarket, or on council property, then you may have a public law liability claim. One of the most common types of claims in this area of the law is a slip and fall claim. This occurs when you slip on a slick substance, trip over an object, or trip over some flaw in the sidewalk or ground.
Usually these situations are someone else’s fault, so you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. You should always check with an experienced public law liability lawyer whenever you are injured in a public place.
Proving a Slip and Fall Claim
Every case is slightly different, but they all need the same legal requirements to be successful. First, you need to show that the company or person owed you a legal duty of care. Usually, in public places, this duty is relatively easy to prove. Business owners generally have a duty to keep their premises safe for their patrons, so if there is something on the floor or there is something wrong with the sidewalk, they are not fulfilling that duty.
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The second thing that you need to prove is that the business or individual did not fulfill their duty. Basically, you need to show what was wrong that actually caused your injuries. What was on the floor? Where was the sidewalk cracked or raised? You will need to show exactly how the business or individual did not keep their premises safe for your use.
Lastly, you will also need to show that you suffered damages. That is, that you were injured because of the unsafe condition. Medical records, proof of time off work, and your personal testimony will be especially valuable to prove this last requirement.
How Much is My Public Law Liability Claim Worth?
If you have a public law claim, you could be entitled to compensation, including:
- Present and Future Medical Bills. Medical expenses add up quickly after an injury. You may also have to face future medical expenses that you had not planned for, including physical therapy or future surgeries. In serious cases, future medical expenses could also include purchasing medical devices to increase function and perform regular daily activities.
- Pain and Suffering. Although pain and suffering isn’t really quantifiable, you can still get compensation for the pain and suffering you experienced as a result of the injury. The fact finder will estimate the total amount of the damages based on your personal testimony and experience with your injuries.
- Lost Wages or Loss Earning Capacity. If you had to take time off of work to recover from your injuries or if you have permanent restrictions that mean that you cannot work again, then you could get compensation for that as well.
This is just a sample of potential compensation. Your case could vary significantly. Speak with an experienced public liability lawyer to determine what the compensation in your case may be. Call for a free consultation or for more information.
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