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Accidents and Falls In Public Buildings

Injury Compensation Claims Advice

Injured? Want recompense?

If you have suffered a fall injury or any other sort of injury in a public building or other public place why not speak to Aim?

We offer free, impartial legal advice about making your compensation claim.

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Public Building Claims

Gain The Compensation You Deserve

Owners of public buildings have a responsibility to ensure you are kept as safe as is reasonably possible.

If you have been injured in a public building and it was not your fault the chances are it could be down to the negligence of the building’s owners.

Often inadequate cleaning regimes, poorly trained or de-motivated staff, poor building maintenance and other cases of incompetence and negligence can lead to hazards.

These in turn can result in very serious injuries including broken limbs, cuts and gashes, head injuries and in some cases fatalities or long term disabilities.

Dangers in public places such as untidy floors, wet surfaces and broken seats result in thousands of trips, slips and falls each year, which is one of the biggest causes of personal injury in the UK and also a routine catalyst for personal injury compensation claims for customers and visitors to public buildings.

Public buildings injuries occur in the UK in railway stations, town halls, clubs, pubs, bars, concert and theatre venues, galleries and museums, sports and leisure centres.

These injuries can affect employees; as well as visitors; both groups of course can claim compensation if injury occurs and negligence is proven.

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

Legal Protection For Public Injuries In Public Spaces

Employers and those responsible for public building including government buildings, private buildings and non profit organisation buildings have to ensure their employees and anyone else who might be visiting are kept as safe as reasonably possible.

This means slips and trips risks must be controlled and staff should be made aware to eliminate the risk of falls in public places in order to prevent injury.

This includes:

  • Eliminating holes, slopes or uneven surfaces.
  • Good housekeeping systems and standards to prevent obstructions.
  • Good lighting to see obstructions.
  • Rearranging task and process flows.
  • Establishing a positive attitude that trips can be prevented.
  • Training and informing employees about fall injuries.

Slips and trips and falls remain the most common injury hazards and make up over a third of all major injuries.

Over 10,000 workers suffered serious injury because of a slip or trip in 2008/09.

Over 4,000 employees suffered a major injury as a result of a fall from height in 2008/09.

Floor surface contamination such as water, oil, dust and other materials are often the cause of fall and slip injuries resulting in compensation.

Regular cleaning to remove contamination needs to be maintained in public buildings and if this has not been done properly and injury occurs you could have a good case for compensation.

Public building managers also need to have effective management systems in place dealing with other injury issues such as removing obstacles, using the right cleaning methods with the properly trained staff and making sure that cleaning does not create an additional slip risk.

Public Building Injury Claims

Types of Public Injury Compensation Claims

Public buildings which can be liable for compensation in the event of an injury include:

Leisure Buildings

  • Restaurants
  • Cafes
  • Pubs
  • Clubs
  • Shops
  • Supermarkets
  • Fitness Clubs

Entertainment Buildings

  • Art Galleries
  • Museums
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Cinemas
  • Theatres
  • Football Grounds
  • Other Sports Venues
  • Music Venues

Education Buildings

  • School Buildings
  • Colleges
  • Universities
  • Sixth Forms
  • Nurseries

Transport Buildings

  • Bus Stations
  • Railway Stations
  • Coach Stations
  • Taxi Premises
  • Airports

Health Buildings

  • Hospitals
  • Dental Surgeries
  • Health Centres
  • GP Practices

Official Buildings

  • Social Security Offices
  • Post Offices
  • Town Halls and Council Buildings
  • Local Authority Buildings

Main Causes Of Falls In Public Buildings

Reasons For Personal Injury Compensation Claims

Wet Floors – Tiny amounts of water can cause slips and devastating injuries. Spillages and contamination to floors is a major cause of injury in public buildings leading to compensation settlements.

Obstacles – Equipment and tools, discarded paper or dropped waste on stairwells and walkways can cause serious injuries. Even a small piece of fruit can create terrible injuries if someone slips.

Bad Management – Workers not been trained to clear obstacles, report spills and maintain tidy areas.

Poor Lighting – Major reason for falls and trips leading to injury compensation claims, obscuring obstacles, steps and overhanging objects.

Uneven Floors – Curling carpets, missing tiles, holes and other types of damage can lead to falls in public places and liability for compensation on behalf of the public building in question.

If you have suffered an injury which you feel was not your fault in a public building, as a result of negligent activity similar to the above, then why not give us a call for professional, no obligation advice about your compensation claim? Contact us today.