Accidents In A Public Place

A public liability claim* can arise where a person has sustained a personal injury on public property, where the cause of that injury is the negligence of another. This area of law covers a very wide range of accidents that occur in public places. Where negligence occurs a claim can be pursued against the owner or the party who had control over the particular area. 


Making a claim for a public place accident

Firstly attend your doctor to have injuries suffered assessed;

  • Contact a solicitor and describe how the accident occurred in detail;
  • Obtain a medical legal report from the GP/consultant;
  • It may be necessary to obtain medical records to help link the injury to the alleged cause;
  • Submit an application to the Injuries Board together with the medical legal report of the GP or consultant;
  • Assessment – the Injuries Board will liaise with the defendants and allow them time to consider whether the Injuries Board should proceed with an assessment or not;
  • An authorisation will issue to allow us to pursue court proceedings in the Circuit Court or High Court;
  • Liability is usually disputed in public place accident claims. An engineer may need to be engaged in order to inspect the premises and draft a report in this matter; and
  • A loss of earnings report may also be required from an accountant. It may be necessary to ascertain whether there are grounds for a loss of earnings opportunity claim and engage the services of an actuary if there is likely to be a future loss.

Common types of public place accident claims 

Injuries happen in public places on a regular basis. If you have been involved in such an accident, you may be entitled to claim for personal injuries and/or expenses. We take you through the different kinds of public place accidents and how to make a claim if you have been injured in one. 

Common Public Place Accidents


Causes of accidents in a public place

Accidents at in a public place can have multiple causes. We list the more common causes of injury in a public place and how to make a claim for damages.

Causes of Public Place Injuries


We have over fifty years’ experience in public place personal injury claims.

You can contact one of our experienced advisors who will be happy to assist you.