Claims for accidents that occur on property open to the public are known as public liability claims. These claims arise from injuries sustained by people who slip, trip or fall on public roads or pavements or in shops or buildings open to the public. Many of these cases are taken against local authorities who are responsible for the maintenance, repair and upkeep of roads and footpaths in their areas.
People are directly paying taxes to have roads and footpaths in good condition. Where a road or a footpath is in good condition, it would be hard for someone to successfully bring a compensation claim because a local authority can defend such claims on the basis that they have done everything in their power to maintain and repair properly roads and footpaths.
Speaking today, Liam Moloney, Solicitor, Naas said “due to the fact that local authorities no longer have the same budgets available to them, it is inevitable that more people will get injured from falling and tripping on uneven footpaths and dangerous potholes. It is all too easy to slip, trip or fall and many people can suffer quite serious injuries from such falls. Injuries such as broken teeth, head injuries and scarring can be caused as a result of such accidents”.
He added “many people also sustain injuries when they are caused to slip on wet floors and dangerous substances in buildings and supermarkets. These cases are dealt with under the area of occupier’s liability. More and more people are suffering these types of injuries because shops and supermarkets are no longer paying attention to good safety practice”.
If you have sustained an injury in a public place contact Liam Moloney Solicitor today on 045 898000 to find about your right to claim compensation.