It’s always extremely galling when we are injured on someone else’s property as a result of their environment or belongings, but before jumping into a claim for personal injury compensation it’s important firstly to question whose fault an accident was.
How to tell whose fault an accident was
Sometimes it can be very difficult to tell whose fault an accident is. If you trip over an object left on the ground, is it your fault, or is it the person who left it there? In this sort of situation, the word negligence is key. If your injury is the result of someone else’s negligence, then a claim for personal injury compensation may be valid. If not, the accident could well be just that – an accident.
As an example, imagine that you trip over when walking down your neighbour’s driveway and seriously injure your head. Was there an obstacle that caused you to trip? If you simply tripped on a clear driveway, it’s unlikely that this would be your neighbour’s fault. But if, on the other hand, there was a jagged paving stone sticking up that you were not alerted to, it could be.
Accidents in public places
If you have been injured in a public place, it may well be that the negligence of the local authority could be to blame. Local authorities have a duty to keep public areas well maintained and free of danger. However, if your injury was the result of another person causing a danger in that public place, it is likely that it is that person rather than the local authority who is to blame.
Knowing who is at fault can be a complicated business, which is why our experts at Accident Advice Helpline are here to help you figure out if your accident was indeed due to the negligence of another person. The helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and you’re under no obligation to continue with a claim if you’d simply like to discuss your case with someone who understands the law in detail.
If you do choose to continue with your case, however, we work on a no win, no fee basis to help people like you receive the compensation they are legally entitled to. Claims can most often be conducted over the telephone without the need to attend an intimidating court case. Give us a call today for more information.
Date Published: November 22, 2013
Author: David Brown