Medical Negligence Douglas Law Solicitors Cork Specialists

Accidents in Public Places

Accidents & injuries that happen in public places such as slip & fall injuries are also known as public liability claims.

PIAB (Personal Injuries Assessment Board)

All claims for personal injuries (with a few exceptions) must be submitted to PIAB (the Personal Injuries Assessment Board). In 2018, Public Liability claims accounted for 18% of all claims submitted to PIAB and the average compensation awarded by PIAB was €28,372.00.

If you are injured in a public place, the owner or occupier of the public place might be liable to compensate you for your injury.

The owner/occupier of the premises or public place has a duty of care to members of the public to ensure their safety and to ensure that the public place or premises is free from “hazards”.

At Douglas Law Solicitors we have won cases for clients who have suffered injuries in public places due to the negligence of the owner or occupier.

Types of Accidents

We have succeeded in getting compensation for clients in many different situations, such as:-

  1. a slip and fall due to a spillage on the floor of a hotel;
  2. injuries from a bad fall caused by a defective footpath owned by a Local Authority;
  3. a significant injury due to slip and fall on water on the floor inside a door of a restaurant;
  4. an injury caused by a defective door at a wedding venue.

Many of these types of injuries can have a devastating impact on a person’s life and their ability to work or do normal everyday things.  If you are unfortunate enough to suffer injuries in a public place, it is important that you contact an experienced solicitor as soon as possible so you can get correct & reliable advice.

Dedicated Team of Solicitors

At Douglas Law Solicitors, we have a dedicated team of experienced personal injuries solicitors who are available to answer your questions and provide you with advice.  You can email our specialist personal injuries solicitors, Aoife McCarthy at or Gráinne O’Donovan at to arrange a consultation or contact us by telephone on 021 4897256.

We also offer video consultations via Skpe or Zoom.

*In contentious business a solicitor may not charge fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award of settlement.


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