If an accident that causes injury occurs outside of the workplace and outside of a public space then it will be classed as an occupiers’ liability claim.
Examples of occupiers’ liability claims are, but are not limited to:
- slips in supermarkets or nightclubs due to a spillage not being cleaned up
- injury that is sustained due to someone failing to tidy up or make safe an area of a building
- trips/falls as a result of badly fitted or damaged flooring
- being struck by a falling object
These types of claim are mainly governed by The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 and/or The Occupiers Liability Act 1984.
These laws state that the occupier of a building must make sure that people are kept reasonably (not completely) safe when visiting the premises and, therefore, to succeed in an occupier’s liability compensation claim we must be able to prove that the owner or occupier of the building had not taken these reasonable steps. This can take many forms, some examples of which are:
- a failure to have in place a reasonable system of inspection and cleaning
- ensuring that their employees act in a safe manner whilst in the building
- keeping the premises in a good state of repair
- ensuring that there is no build up of ice, snow or other debris in car parks
If you, or a loved one, have been injured in an accident at a supermarket, nightclub or another place that is not publicly funded, then you could have an occupier’s liability compensation claim. Please call our occupier’s liability accident lawyers on Freephone 0808 164 0808 to discuss the possibility of bringing a personal injury claim or, you could complete the request a call back form and we will call you back.