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Public Liability Claim in Scotland: Injured in a Public Place? Here’s How to Get Compensated.

Injured in Scotland? Public claim may help!

Imagine a carefree afternoon spent strolling through a park, the sun warm on your face. Suddenly, disaster strikes! You trip over a hidden pothole, the ground rushes up to meet you, and you land with a painful thud. Or maybe you’re browsing the aisles of a supermarket, reaching for a can of soup on a high shelf, only to have the entire wobbly display come crashing down on your foot. These are the kinds of unexpected mishaps that can leave you injured and wondering – who’s responsible? In Scotland, the answer might lie in a concept called a public liability claim.

Public liability claims exist to protect people who are injured due to negligence in public places, ensuring they receive compensation for their injuries and losses. So, if you’ve ever been the unfortunate victim of a slip, trip, fall, or other mishap in a public space, keep reading to understand your rights and how a public liability claim can help you get back on your feet.

The Most Common Public Liability Claim in Scotland

When it comes to public liability claims in Scotland, one type stands out as the most common: slip and fall accidents. These incidents often transpire due to wet floors, uneven surfaces, or debris left unattended in public spaces.

The Importance of Duty of Care

Think of duty of care as a promise. The occupier promises to take sensible steps to keep you safe from foreseeable hazards. This could involve repairing a broken step, putting up warning signs about a wet floor, or ensuring shelves are properly secured.

Here’s the key: the occupier doesn’t have to guarantee your complete safety. Accidents happen. But if they could have reasonably predicted the danger and prevented it, and they didn’t, that’s where they might be liable for your injuries.

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Proving Negligence: The Not-So-Secret Weapon

So, you tripped and fell, and now you’re sporting a nasty sprain. To make a successful public liability claim, you’ll need to prove three things:

  1. Duty of Care: The occupier owed you a duty of care, meaning they had a responsibility to keep you safe.
  2. Breach of Duty: The occupier failed in that duty by neglecting to address a hazard or take reasonable precautions.
  3. Causation: The occupier’s breach of duty directly caused your injury or loss.

Evidence is crucial here. Photos of the accident scene, witness statements, medical records – anything that demonstrates the hazard, the occupier’s lack of action, and the link to your injury strengthens your claim.

Common Examples of Public Liability Claims

Public liability claims can cover a wide range of situations, but some of the most common include:

  • Slips, trips, and falls: Uneven pavements, wet floors, poorly maintained stairs – all potential culprits for a nasty tumble.
  • Falling objects: Imagine a loose brick from a building facade falling and injuring someone walking by. That’s a public liability claim waiting to happen.
  • Assaults: This might seem unusual, but if the occupier fails to provide adequate security in a place where they knew there was a risk of assault, they could be held liable.

Time Limits and Seeking Help

There’s a time limit for making a public liability claim in Scotland – three years from the date of the accident. If you’re under 16, the time limit doesn’t apply until you turn 18. However, it’s always best to act sooner rather than later. Evidence can get lost, memories fade, and the claim becomes trickier.

Navigating the legal world can be daunting, so consider seeking help from a solicitor specialising in personal injury claims. They can assess your case, advise you on the best course of action, and handle the legalities, allowing you to focus on recovering from your injuries.

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Making a Personal Injury Claim with National Claims

At National Claims, we understand the stress and uncertainty that follows an injury in a public place. We are committed to providing you with the support and guidance you need to navigate the process of making a personal injury claim in Scotland.

Free Consultation

Your journey with National Claims begins with a free consultation. Our team will listen to your story, assess the circumstances of your injury, and determine the potential for a public liability claim. We’ll provide you with clear and honest advice about the strength of your case.

Your Compensation

If a settlement is reached, we’ll ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve promptly. This compensation can help cover medical expenses, lost wages, and the emotional toll of your injury.

What to Do If You’re Injured in a Public Place

Accidents can happen anywhere, from the picturesque landscapes of the Scottish Highlands to the bustling streets of Edinburgh. If you find yourself injured in a public place, here’s a step-by-step guide on what to do:

Seek Medical Attention

Your health should always be the top priority. If you’re injured, seek immediate medical attention. Even seemingly minor injuries can develop into more severe problems if left untreated.

Document the Scene

If possible, gather evidence at the scene of the accident. Take photographs of the hazard that caused your injury, the surrounding area, and any visible injuries you’ve sustained. These photos can serve as crucial evidence later.

Gather Witness Information

If there were witnesses to the incident, obtain their contact information. Witness statements can be invaluable when establishing negligence in a public liability claim.

Report the Incident

Notify the property owner or occupier of the accident and your injuries. Ensure that a formal incident report is filed, which may be essential for your claim.

Keep Records

Maintain a record of all medical treatments, expenses, and any communication related to the incident. This documentation will help establish the extent of your injuries and the costs associated with your recovery.


Public liability claims play a crucial role in ensuring that individuals injured in public places in Scotland receive the support and compensation they deserve. Whether it’s a slip and fall in Glasgow, a mishap in Edinburgh, or an accident anywhere in this picturesque land, understanding your rights and taking the right steps can make all the difference.

At National Claims, we are dedicated to guiding you through the process, from the initial consultation to securing your compensation. We believe that justice should prevail, and those responsible for your injuries should be held accountable.

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