Claims for accidents in public places

If you’ve been injured in a public place, you may have a public liability claim. First4Lawyers can help.


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When can you make a public place injury claim?

Public places can often get very busy, and crowded areas can become hazardous if they are not well organised.

Businesses, councils and public bodies have a duty of care to ensure the safety of members of public attending their premises.  

If they don’t and you are injured as a result – possibly after a slip, trip or fall – you may be able to make a public liability claim. All businesses and organisations in the UK are required to have public liability insurance to cover personal injury claims. 

This applies to spaces like:

  • Parks
  • Playgrounds
  • Gyms and leisure centres
  • Beaches
  • Restaurants
  • Concert venues
  • Theatres and cinemas
  • Public car parks
  • Supermarkets

How can First4Lawyers help?

We have years of experience with public liability claims and will work with you to establish what happened and who was at fault, before building a case. If we think you have a valid claim, we will match you to one of our expert solicitors.

Your solicitor will then pursue the claim, working hard to get you the compensation you're entitled to. We also offer No Win No Fee for personal injury cases.

A No Win No Fee claim makes it possible to focus on your recovery as there is nothing to pay upfront and nothing to pay if your claim is unsuccessful. That means you have nothing to lose, but possibly a lot to gain.

To talk to our specialist advisors and discuss your options, just get in touch.

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Our No Win No Fee solicitors will take a success fee from the compensation you are awarded for a successful claim in the form of a percentage of your damages. This could be up to 25% but it won't be more than that, except in cases of road traffic accidents. Changing laws mean our solicitors will now take a payment of 30% of the final compensation amount plus VAT for all road traffic accident claims.

First4Lawyers are an award-winning claims management company with a track record of delivering service that our clients love.

How much compensation will I receive for a public place injury claim?

That very much depends on your injury and how severe it is. Our compensation calculator gives an idea of the amounts you could be awarded, but a chat with our legal advisors will give you advice tailored to your individual circumstances.

Your claim covers general damages, which are awarded for the pain and suffering you've experienced.

It will also cover special damages, which compensate you for any financial impact your injury has had on you. That can include lost earnings from having to take unpaid time off work.

Body Part Affected



Possible Amount


Severe Fractures

May lead to partial amputations and result in grip impairment and reduced function

Up to £36,740



May result in persisting pain and stiffness

£12,590 to £24,500



Full recovery after one year

In the region of £3,530



Simple fracture of the forearm

£6,610 to £19,200


Less Serious

Fractures where an incomplete recovery is made

£17,960 to £27,760



For example, a compression fracture leading to risk of osteoarthritis and constant pain

£27,760 to £38,780



When a full recovery is made within three months

Up to £2,450



Injury associated with incomplete paraplegia or leading to little or no movement in the neck and severe headaches

In the region of £148,330



Brain damage may not occur or be minimal

£2,210 to £12,770


Very Severe

Brain damage will be severe and will likely require constant care

£282,010 to £403,990


Is there a time limit for making a claim for an accident in a public place?

There is usually a three-year period, from the date your public place accident and resulting injury occurred.

It's always a good idea to begin your claim as soon as possible. That gives you the best chance of remembering the details of the accident clearly and it can make finding certain pieces of evidence more straightforward.

If you're not sure whether your claim is in time, just get in touch and we'll let you know what the best next steps for you are.

I think I have a public place accident claim, what do I do next?

You should make sure you seek the best medical attention to treat the injuries you suffered. This has the benefit of noting the injuries you sustained in your medical records. This can help form part of your evidence when making a claim.

Then get in touch with us for a free consultation. We’ll ask you about your situation and advise you of your options.

It’s a good idea to have details of the accident, such as any photos of what caused the accident. Witnesses are also extremely useful in helping us to prove the case. We will, of course, also need dates, location and details of your injury, so having these to hand will be useful.

When you're ready to get justice for what happened to you, just give us a call or start your claim online.


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