All of us have fallen over at some point in our lives. In most situations, it is our fault and usually due to a lack of care and attention.
FALLS WITHIN A PUBLIC OR COMMERCIAL PROPERTY
If your fall occurred in public or commercial premises, and there was insufficient care taken to ensure your safety then there may be grounds for compensation.
The owners of a public or commercial building have a responsibility to the people within it. This includes their employees and members of the public. This is known as a ‘duty of care’.
A duty of care means that they have taken reasonable steps to ensure that any risks to the general public are minimized. This includes health and safety guidelines and other similar precautions.
However, there are several factors to take into account which include:
- The presence of any signs or instructions to the public warning them about the potential danger.
- Whether the injured person was legally entitled to be on the premises.
- The age of the injured person, e.g. a child
These will be factored into the initial assessment of a compensation claim. These and other factors will have some bearing upon the likely outcome of a claim.
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