Have you been injured in a public place in Suffolk? As we make our way through our daily lives, we have a responsibility to other people, such as our friends, family members, members of the public and highway users, to act in a way which keeps them safe and reduces the risk of harm to them.
This is commonly known as a duty of care and although it is most often used to describe the responsibility of a road user or employer, it exists for each and every one of us.
For example, if you were to leave a tripping hazard such as a paint tin outside your house on the public footpath and a member of the public fell over it, that person would have the right to contact ‘no win, no fee*’ solicitors to seek compensation against you for their injuries.
Injured in a public place in Suffolk?
These legal obligations which govern the way we act and behave towards each other not only govern us, but any animals we have responsibility for. For example, if you had a cat which scratched a neighbour, that neighbour would have the right to make a claim against you for their injuries.
The same rule would apply if you were bitten by a dog. Any person who owns a dog becomes responsible for that dog’s behaviour. They would be encouraged to train the dog and to take any reasonable steps to ensure the behaviour of the dog in public. For example, the use of a lead or a muzzle could help to control a particularly energetic or aggressive animal. Were they to fail in this regard and the animal in their care injured you; you would have the right to seek a claim for compensation through ‘no win, no fee*’ solicitors.
Dog attacks can be extremely nasty and traumatic. Not only could you be left with physical injuries such as cuts and abrasions, scarring or loss of blood but the attack could also leave you with psychological damage. Many people who have been hurt by dogs find it extremely difficult to be in proximity of an animal again and reports of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as the result of a dog bite or attack are extremely commonplace.
If this is the case, it is the consideration of ‘no win, no fee*’ solicitors that you should not suffer unnecessarily. The owner of the animal had responsibility for them and a duty of care towards you and if they have breached their duty, the compensation you claim can act as a formal acknowledgement of the situation and the circumstances which led to it. They may as a result become more responsible owners and a similar situation could be prevented which could result in being injured in a public place in Suffolk.
Seeking compensation with Accident Advice Helpline
To find out if you have been injured in a public place, this could mean you are eligible for compensation. Accident Advice Helpline offer a 30-second test which could ensure you claim with confidence. Call on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: 18th November 2014
Author: David Brown