Public Accident Claims & Christmas
Public Accident Compensation Claims can be made any time of the year! It’s the same way that public accidents can happen at any time. Now, depending on what Covid tier you are in, you may be going out less. Public accident claims usually refer to someone getting hurt in a public place, such as a retail store, a restaurants, a park or any other place that is owned by local government or a business. However, if these places are closed or are implementing strict Covid-19 procedures, however there is still the chance that you could be the victim of an unfortunate accident that was not your fault.
If you have been hurt in a public accident, you could claim compensation with the help of a Gowing Law solicitor. Get in contact through our claims checker or on our public accident claims page below:
Are you going out for some Christmas shopping?
One of the most common ways that you could get hurt from a public accident is through an incident in a public retail store. This year, not only do you need to worry about social distancing and keeping out of the way of the public, but if a store does not have a Covid policy in place, you may find that stores get crowded and you get hurt. However, the same thing could happen in any sort of public environment. Here are some examples of accidents that could happen whilst you are going out and about:
As you can see, these are only just a few ways that you could hurt if you get hurt in a shopping centre or some sort of public environment. However, there are many other ways that you could hurt whilst you are out and about. The main thing that you should be concerned about is social distancing. Covid-19 compensation is still fairly new, therefore if you get sick then you will need a lot of evidence to prove that you only caught the disease because of the irresponsibility of the public venue you visited. For more information about Covid-19 and the compensation claims, you can speak to one of our solicitors through our LiveChat.
What sort of injuries could I sustain from a public accident?
Depending on how severe the accident was, and where the accident took place, you could sustain some severe injuries. As it is winter, you may encounter slippy and wintery surfaces, and if these surfaces have not been salted in public places, you may find that walkways become very difficult to manoeuvre and you end up getting hurt due to the negligence of your local council. A few examples of some injuries could include:
- Head trauma
- Broken bones
- Internal/external bleeding
- Loss of hearing/eyesight
- Loss of limb
- Fractures and sprains
Now, if you have recently had an accident, an important thing that you need to know is that the amount of public accident compensation will change depending on how bad your damages are. For instance, if you have sprained your ankle, you are going to get less compensation than you would if you had experienced severe damage to your legs and would need extensive help to recover. You will also be able to claim for the following damages:
What should I do if I have been injured in a public accident?
If you have been hurt due to an accident in a public place, and are looking to get public accident compensation, you need to have the evidence to back it up. To start with, if you have been hurt, make sure that you inform staff members about your injuries. That way they can write it down in their accident work book. You are entitled to a copy of your accident’s report. If you are badly hurt, you should also make sure that you call for help. This includes the police (especially if someone is violent) or an ambulance. You should prioritize your health above anything else.
You should also consider looking for evidence:
- Photographs of your injuries and the scene of the accident
- Video evidence of your injuries or the accident (including CCTV)
- Witness statements
- Diary entries
- Financial receipts (i.e. travel fees and reduced wages)
- Police reports
- Medical reports
How long will it take me to make a successful public accident compensation claim?
This is a common questions that solicitors tend to get from the clients. But honestly, the length of your case will depend on the extent of your injuries and the complexity of your case. For instance, if your case is complicated and the person responsible refuses to accept your settlement agreement, you will find that it will take longer to get your compensation. Working with our solicitors, a timeline can be discussed and they will always let you know where your case is in terms of completion.
How much could I claim for my public accident compensation claim?
Again, this depends on how bad your injuries are. You could be owed thousands in compensation. You just have to be patient with your case. Your solicitor can give you a rough estimate about how much you could be owed. Keep in mind it may take some time to get your pay-out because of the current delays in the UK court system.
Don’t forget about Gowing Law’s Christmas Competition!
To celebrate the Christmas holidays, Gowing Law is hosting a competition that could win our clients a £40 Hotel Chocolat wreath. All you need to do is send in a picture of your Christmas decorations on our social media with the tags @GowingLaw and @GowingLawUK. The competition will end on the 24th December at 12 am. So, make sure to send your entries into our social media. You can find links to our social media channels below:
Contact Gowing Law Solicitors to help with your public accident compensation claim!
Gowing Law will always be here to help you with your claim! No matter what sort of personal injury and tax claims you have, our experienced solicitors will be here to give you the advice you need to get started. We can offer you free consultations and help. If you want to work with us, we can help you on a “no win-no fee basis”. That means you will always come out on top and will never need to pay any hidden fees.
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