It’s always lovely to take a walk by the sea, but what if you’re injured because structures haven’t been properly maintained? This article will answer basic questions such as who is responsible, when you can make a claim and how you can find an appropriate legal specialist in Newbiggin by the Sea who can take your case forward.
When you’ve been hurt
If you’re in a public space, the organisation responsible for running that area will be responsible for providing a safe environment for people to enjoy. In the case of most public spaces this will probably be the local council. They will have to make sure everything meets proper safety standards and if they fall down on this then they may be liable to pay compensation for any injuries caused.
To help them do this, they will probably take out public liability insurance to cover any damage or injuries sustained by people. It would be this that you’d claim against.
Proving your case
The biggest problem with cases such as these is proving the environment was dangerous at the time of the accident. Let’s say you’re hurt because a stretch of pathway hadn’t been properly maintained. It is one thing to say that, but by the time the case comes to court, the chances are the Council will have repaired it. You need a photograph of the scene at the time of the accident to illustrate where the dangers lay. If possible, witness statements from the time will also be very useful in helping to prove your case.
Settling out of court
Now, you may be worrying about having to go to court, but the good news here is that the chances are you probably won’t have to. That’s because the majority of cases are settled out of court. The insurance company will not want to have to incur the extra expense of a court case, especially if they think they are not going to win. In addition they may wish to avoid the unpleasant PR that a lengthy court battle might bring which is why they may decide to settle out of court.
Now this can be tricky and you’ll need to know whether this offer is realistic which is one of the reasons why, at Accident Advice Helpline, we offer a free compensation estimate as part of our service. This allows you to set realistic expectations and assess the validity of any settlement offers that come your way.
Finding a legal specialist in Newbiggin by the Sea
The final stage of the process is to find a legal specialist in Newbiggin by the Sea who is appropriate to your case. Ideally you’ll want someone who specialises in claims against the council as this will improve your chances of getting a successful outcome.
So, to find out more about how you can find a legal specialist in Newbiggin by the Sea, come and talk to us on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Alternatively, you could visit www.accidentadvicehelpline.co.uk for more information.