A Guide To Making A Public Park Accident Claim

By Stephen Bishop. Last Updated 11th April 2024. Welcome to our guide to making a personal injury claim for an accident in a public park. When we go to a public park, either for a run, a stroll, to watch the world go by or to simply enjoy being outdoors, we expect to do so without incident. However, accidents can happen.

If you’ve had an accident in a public park, you may be in some pain and need time to heal from your injuries. If the accident was not your fault but due to someone else’s dangerous behaviour or negligence, whether that be the local authorities or otherwise, then you may have grounds to claim for compensation.

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Legal Helpline is a claims management company here to help. If you would like to know more about how to make a public liability claim, what sort of accidents are covered or even how much compensation you could receive, please take a look through our guide.

Alternatively, you can contact our specialist team of legal advisors today for advice and support with your case. They can even connect you to our panel of solicitors that can handle your claim on a No Win No Fee basis. For more information, please get in touch today:

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  1. What Is A Public Park Accident Claim?
  2. How Long Do I Have To Make A Public Park Injury Claim?
  3. What Evidence Can Support Public Park Accident Claims?
  4. How Much Can I Claim For A Public Park Accident?
  5. No Win No Fee Public Park Accident Claims

What Is A Public Park Accident Claim?

If you visit a public place, such as a park, then you are owed a duty of care by the controller of that public space. Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, a controller of a public space should take steps to ensure your reasonable safety while you’re visiting that area. This could include taking regular risk assessments and maintaining any equipment, such as fences or playground equipment, for example.

If you are injured in a public park, then you may be eligible to make a personal injury claim for compensation if you can establish the following:

  • You were owed a duty of care.
  • This duty was breached by the occupier of the park.
  • This breach caused you to suffer your injuries.

You can contact our advisors for free today to learn more about whether you’re eligible to make a park injury claim. Our team can review your potential case, and they may connect you with a solicitor from our panel for support.

How Long Do I Have To Make A Public Park Injury Claim?

As established by the Limitation Act 1980, there is a three-year time limit for starting a personal injury claim. This usually starts from the date you suffered your injury in the public park accident.

The time limit can work differently under some circumstances. If the injured party lacks the mental capacity to start their own claim, then the time limit will be paused indefinitely. A litigation friend could start a claim on their behalf while this time limit is frozen. If, however, the injured party later regains this mental capacity and a claim has not been made, then the time limit will begin from the day of recovery.

If a child has been injured in a park, the time limit for starting a claim will be put on hold until they turn 18. A litigation friend could start a claim on the child’s behalf before they reach that age. If this doesn’t happen, the injured person will have three years from the day of their 18th birthday to start a claim.

For more advice about the process of starting a personal injury claim after being injured in a park, you can contact our advisors.

What Evidence Can Support Public Park Accident Claims?

To support a public park injury claim, you’ll need evidence that:

  • Confirms the injuries you’re claiming for.
  • Shows how another party breached a duty of care they owed you and how this led to your injuries.

If a personal injury solicitor is supporting your claim, then they can assist with gathering evidence for your case. Examples of evidence may include:

  • Medical records that confirm your injuries and the treatment you’ve received for them.
  • Video footage of the incident that led to your injuries, such as CCTV footage.
  • Photographs of the accident scene and any visible injuries you suffered due to the park accident.
  • The contact details of any witnesses who can provide a statement about the park accident.

For more advice about the process of making a park injury claim, contact our advisors for free today. They may also be able to connect you with one of the solicitors on our panel who could help you through the claiming process.

How Much Can I Claim For A Public Park Accident?

In terms of the common payouts given for public park accident claims, council compensation payouts vary wildly, depending on the type of accident, the severity of the initial injury/injuries and the prognosis for future recovery.

Therefore, the answer to ‘how much can I claim for a public park accident?’ is not an easy one. This is why no company should promise in advance a particular amount of money that you will receive for public park accident claims.

It is true, however, that certain types of public park injury claims are often subject to common payment brackets. In the below chart, you can view compensation guidelines based on the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This is a document that may be used by those valuing your injury claim for general damages, since it lists various kinds of injuries alongside guideline compensation brackets.

Alternatively, please call our experts, who will be able to furnish you will further information as to the typical amounts awarded for your specific accident in a public park.

InjuryCompensation GuidelinesNotes
Multiple Serious Injuries and Special DamagesUp to £300,000+A compensation settlement for suffering multiple serious injuries and special damages such as lost earnings and medical expenses.
Back injuries – Severe (i)£111,150 to £196,450Nerve root and spinal cause damage often sees this type of payout. Pain will be severe and often ongoing. There will also be some disability that is seen to be permanent.
Back injuries - Moderate (i)£33,880 to £47,320Often residual disability will be present, as well as damage to nerves and discs.
Leg injuries - Severe (iii) Serious£47,840 to £66,920Serious comminuted or compound fractures, or injuries to ligaments or joints.
Shoulder injuries – Severe£23,430 to £58,610A certain level of permanent disability will see the higher payout amounts here. Often severe damage to the claimant’s brachial plexus will also be included.
Shoulder injuries – Serious£15,580 to £23,430Injury to the brachial plexus of the claimant or dislocation will usually be taken as serious and payment amounts will be in this bracket.
Pelvis and Hips - Moderate (i)£32,450 to £47,810A significant hip or pelvis injury that doesn't result in any permanent disability.
Arm injuries - Less severe£23,430 to £47,810A substantial degree of recovery will have taken place (or is expected to) despite suffering from significant disabilities.
Leg injuries - Less serious (ii)£11,120 to £17,180Simple femur fractures with no damage suffered to the articular surfaces.

No Win No Fee Public Park Accident Claims

A No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel could represent your claim for an injury in a public park under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This contract typically means you can access their services without paying any upfront or ongoing fees. Also, if your claim fails, you won’t be charged for any work they have completed on your case.

Following the completion of a successful claim, you will pay a success fee from your compensation. However, this is deducted as a legally capped percentage.

A solicitor from our panel could help you gather evidence to support your claim, explain any areas of that claims process that are unfamiliar, and value your claim.

Our advisors can tell you if you have a valid public park accident compensation claim through a free consultation. If your claim meets the required criteria, they may connect you with a solicitor from our panel. Get in touch today to learn more.

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Helpful Links

Playground Health and Safety Information

This document, produced by the HSE, covers research into the benefits, risks and choices to be made when providing playground spaces for children.

ROSPA – Playground accident advice and stats

This is ROSPA’s publication that provides information on accidents on playgrounds, why they occur and what can be done to prevent them.

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