Shopping Centre Accidents
Accidents occurring within shopping centres are very common and they are public liability accidents occurring within a public place.
As with any other public liability type accident, the main issue is one of liability and proving that liability for the accident rests with a third party. Therefore if you have been involved in a shopping centre accident which was not your fault you may be entitled to compensation. As shopping centre accidents are quite common, all shopping centres normally have in place public liability insurance in order to cover personal injury claim pay-outs to those injured within the shopping centre.
Types of Shopping Centre Accidents
The most common type of accidents occurring within shopping centres are trip and fall accidents.
Those often occur where the patron might slip on a wet floor which was left wet without warning through the negligence of a third party.
We have seen other cases where accidents in shopping centres have happened on stairwells, elevators and escalators within the Shopping Centre.
An accident can also occur where the elevator stops suddenly causing injury to the patron or an accident may occur in an elevator causing injury to the patron.
What to do when you have an accident in a shopping centre?
- Gather evidence as soon as possible after the accident takes place. If you have been injured by a hazard within the shopping centre be it a wet floor or other hazard, photographs should be taken of the hazard as soon as possible.
- You should gather details of any witnesses to the accident or persons that may have helped you in the immediate aftermath of the accident.
- The accident should be reported immediately to the management of the shopping centre. Your Solicitor will identify the correct defendant whether that be a cleaning company, facilities Management Company or the shopping centre owners. Your Solicitor will also require the CCTV footage of the accident.
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible after the accident.
How to start a Shopping Centre Accident Personal Injury Claim
The first step in every injury claim arising from a public event is to prepare the case for lodging with the Injuries Board.
If you have been involved in an accident at a public event and wish to take a public liability accident claim, Sinnott Solicitors Dublin and Cork will be in a position to assist you to take your claim and to help you to achieve the maximum compensation available.
Sinnott Solicitors Dublin and Cork will identify the correct Defendant which may be a cleaning company or facilities management company and it will immediately look for the CCTV footage of the incident which is crucial to proving your case.