Accidents happen! And they often happen in a public place, perhaps due to poorly maintained surfaces, a spillage, inadequate lighting, or carelessness on the part of other people. Whether an accident happens in an airport, on the public highway, in a shop, restaurant or a car park, if you suffered an injury as a result of the actions or inaction of someone else, then you may be entitled to compensation.
Our multilingual personal injury lawyers are highly experienced in helping people who have been injured in a public place, especially while travelling abroad. This includes:
• foreign nationals who have been injured while visiting the UK; and
• British nationals who have been injured abroad.
We are accredited by APIL, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and have strong links in Europe, especially France and Spain.
We can assist you with claiming compensation for an accident occurring in any type of public place, including:
Public liability claims are generally made against the owner or occupier of the land or premises on which the accident occurred. This may be a private individual, a commercial business or a local authority. Public liability insurance is widespread throughout Europe and beyond. This means that in many cases an insurer will be responsible for paying any compensation awarded to you.
Our personal injury team deals with all types of injury, including serious injuries to the head and spine, as well as fatal accidents. We are also able to recover compensation on behalf of children.
We offer a free initial consultation.
We will tell you if we think you have a good case and if we can help you.
We will not use your information for any other purpose.
The solicitors at Pierre Thomas have a strong reputation for recovering compensation for people injured in public places in the UK, Europe, and worldwide; from minor injuries such as soft tissue injuries, to fatal cases and those involving brain, spinal or other severe injuries.
Recent examples of cases include:
Being based in London, we are always able to bring a personal injury claim in this country for accidents that happened in England & Wales, and we may be able to do so for accidents in Scotland and Northern Ireland. We can act for:
• people from overseas who have been injured while visiting and travelling in the UK; if you are a French or Spanish speaker, we will provide our advice and correspond with you in your own language;
• British residents who have been injured in this country by foreigners, such as foreign drivers. Our language skills and strong international network mean that we are best placed to make the relevant investigations to identify the liable party and their insurer.
If your accident was in France:
We employ bilingual and dual qualified lawyers and have particularly strong links with France. If your accident happened in France, there will often be a choice of whether to bring the claim in England or in France; we will advise you about the best option for you depending on the circumstances of your case.
If your accident was in another country:
In some circumstances, your claim can be pursued in England & Wales, even if you were injured while travelling abroad. If this is not possible, we can still handle your compensation claim following an accident anywhere in Europe and beyond, with the assistance of our established network of specialist international injury lawyers.
Pursuing a claim in another country can be worrying. Be reassured that, if your claim proceeds in France, Spain, or any other country, we will always provide clear advice to you and explain the subtleties of the process in an intelligible way and in your own language.
We will explain your funding options at the outset of your accident claim.
For accident claims brought in the UK we are usually able to offer a conditional fee agreement if you have a good case. This means you do not have to pay anything up front and your claim will not cost you anything if you lose. This is sometimes known as a ‘no win, no fee’ arrangement.
For accident claims that are made abroad we will review the available options for funding your legal fees and discuss what is likely to best suit your requirements.
For accident claims made in the UK compensation is awarded for the injury itself and for your financial losses.
Once liability for the accident has been established, we will obtain a medical report from an independent doctor describing the nature of your injuries and how they affect you. This will allow us to value the injury claim accurately.
You can also claim reasonable financial losses and expenses resulting from your injuries, including loss of earnings, rehabilitation costs, modifications to your home and other losses, such as compensation for the loss of enjoyment of a holiday.
Other countries operate different compensation systems and we will assess the amount of compensation you are entitled to receive for your accident once we have details of your claim and have identified the legal jurisdiction that will deal with it.