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Accidents in Public Places

Accidents in Public Places Compensation Claims

We all lead busy lives, which can sometimes mean travelling to and from places and rushing around public areas every day. You should always expect that public places such as footpaths, shopping centres and parks follow safety measures to look after you on a daily basis.

And whilst this is usually the case, poor conditions could lead to an accident which is not your fault. Some examples of accidents in public places may arise from:

  • Unrepaired potholes in paths or roads
  • Wobbly paving stones
  • Missing kerbstones
  • Hazards caused by poorly undertaken road works
  • Holes left in footpaths after removal of lamp posts or other fixed features
  • Icy pavements which have not been gritted or salted
  • Poor lighting

Specialists in Accidents in Public Places

If you’ve had a slip, trip or fall type accident in a public space and would like honest, friendly advice about compensation, our experts are just a phone call away. Please be aware that time limits will apply, so contact us today and we’ll guide you every step of the way.

  • Led by Law Society Personal Injury Panel Member Jane Woodcock and Karen Smith, each has over 20 years’ experience of handling accidents in public places claims.
  • The wider team of personal injury solicitors specialise in accidents in public places.
  • We have helped countless families make successful accident in public places claims, achieving compensation for ongoing medical treatment, loss of earnings, any care needs and your injuries.




The Law Society Accreditation is only awarded to solicitors who meet the highest level of management and customer service standards. The schemes promote high standards in legal service provision and ensure that clients are easily able to identify legal practitioners with proven competency in given areas of law giving you added peace of mind when choosing a lawyer.

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Looking for help and don’t know where to start? We can help you find the information you need.

Making an Accident in Public Place Claim

There’s absolutely no risk involved in inquiring about your position, or your claim, so it pays to speak with an expert. Ultimately, the only time you’ll end up paying for legal costs is if your case is successful – and even then you will only ever pay an agreed percentage of damages as a contribution to costs.

There is a time limit to make a claim, however, so it’s best to act as quickly as possible. Normally you have three years from the date of your treatment or from the date you realised your condition was a result of your treatment. If you were under the age of 18 when you received the treatment, you’ll have three years from your 18th birthday to make a claim.

Our Accidents in Public Places Experts

Jane Woodcock Head of Personal Injury Read more
Sarah Kidd Associate, Personal Injury Read more
Samuel McFadyen Associate, Personal Injury Read more
Mobeena Salim Solicitor, Personal Injury Read more
Cameron Lees-Weir Litigation Executive, Personal Injury Read more

How much will my claim cost?

All accidents in public places cases taken on by Hudgell Solicitors are handled on a no win no fee basis. This means that you will not have to pay any money up front and there will be no financial risk if your case is unsuccessful.

If your case is successful, you will only be expected to pay a contribution to your solicitor’s fees once the case has been resolved. The costs paid are usually a percentage of the compensation awarded and will be agreed before your case is carried out.

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"Council agrees £120,000 damages for woman forced to give up work after falling on damaged kerb-stone."

Leanne Stephenson, Associate, Civil Liberties

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