The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 stipulates that any party in control of a space accessible to the public should ensure they do everything reasonably possible to prevent visitors from suffering harm.
If they fail to do so, members of the public could end up suffering an injury that an occupier could have otherwise avoided.
For instance, lack of signage informing swimmers of no diving zones could lead to someone diving into the shallow end and suffering a damaged spinal cord injury.
Similarly, failing to clear up broken glass in a car park could see someone suffer a nasty cut or laceration if they fell over.
However, it should be noted that the actions an occupier must take will vary depending on the public place in question. So if you have any questions regarding an occupier’s legal duties, call our team on the number above. They can answer any questions you may have about personal injury claims.
To learn more about making a public liability claim against your council, head here. You can find details on payouts and how our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors can help.