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Occupiers liability claims

If you are injured or made ill as the result of poorly maintained private property or land, you can make an occupiers liability claim. Our solicitors are on hand to guide you through the process from start to finish, helping you claim the compensation you deserve.

It doesn’t matter if you were walking through a supermarket, taking the stairs at the swimming pool, running through a park, visiting an art gallery or using a lift at a sports complex. When you are on private property, the owner – or ‘occupier’ – has a duty of care. If there’s clear proof that they have failed in that duty, and you were injured as a result, you can claim compensation.

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Did you suffer from a personal injury on private premises?

At best, such an injury will be an inconvenience. At worst, it could have a life-altering impact on you and your loved ones.

If you find yourself injured as a result of poorly maintained privately owned land or property, taking legal advice and legal action might seem a little daunting.

We understand you can feel uncomfortable taking the first step towards claiming your compensation. Especially after the distress you have already experienced from your injury.

That is why we handle each case with the greatest dedication and care, treating each of our clients with the respect and dignity they deserve.

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Making an occupiers liability claim

If you have incurred an injury or illness as a visitor to a privately owned and managed property due to a lack of care or maintenance of safety standards, you may be entitled to make an occupiers liability claim.

Owners of private property accessible to the public have a duty to keep you safe while you are visiting the premises. This is covered under the Occupiers Liability Act 1957.

The legislation is set out to help to protect people visiting private property.

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Understanding the Occupiers Liability Act 1957

Like any legal document, the Occupiers Liability Act has specific terms. When it refers to the ‘occupier’, it means the person in control of the premises. A ‘visitor’ is anyone entitled to be on the property while a ‘trespasser’ is anyone not entitled to be on the property.

The Act outlines the duty of care that an occupier owes to visitors of their ‘premises’. If the occupier has been negligent in ensuring the maintenance and safety standards, they are in breach of the Occupiers Liability Act 1957.

When we speak of ‘the premises’ belonging to the occupier in this context, it incorporates not only land and buildings but also mobile structures, so any aircraft, vehicle or vessel.

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Accidents in transit

You may also have the right to make an occupier’s liability claim if you are involved in an accident in transit. This includes situations such as flying for business, sailing for your summer holiday or driving in a rental car.

Protection of trespassers

Since the Occupiers Liability Act 1957, a revised 1984 Act was agreed which recognised that the occupier also owes a duty of care towards trespassers – those who are unlawfully on their premises.

Examples of claims our solicitors have handled

There are a number of claims which can be made following the introduction of the Occupiers Liability Act. Some examples of such claims are:

  • Stairs or a ramp leading to a building that was not de-iced, causing a fall
  • A supermarket failing to place a wet floor sign causing slippage and injury
  • Injury caused by falling objects of poorly structured shelves
  • A fall from faulty play area equipment
  • A hire car malfunction causing a crash

Why you should claim compensation

From our extensive experience with occupiers liability claims we can truly understand the impact that injury and illness can have on a person, their family and their livelihood.

The physical damage doesn’t just lead to time off work and medical costs. It can manifest as emotional damage too – particularly in cases where the injury is irreversible.

Dedicated solicitors

Whatever your story, we can promise a secure, sensitive, and supportive legal process. A process driven by our determination to see you win the compensation you deserve.

Our dedicated team of experienced personal injury lawyers work on a no-win, no-fee basis, meaning you can forget about the financial stress.

Full transparency

Our transparent approach allows you to be as involved as you wish, though we will always keep you up to date with important information.

To learn more about how our team at AWH Solicitors make sure that you are awarded the compensation that you deserve, please get in touch.

Our success with occupiers’ liability claims

We have a wealth of experience supporting clients through successful occupiers liability claims. We support clients through every step of the legal journey and work hard to ensure their claim process causes as little disruption as possible.

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Our Fees

AWH Solicitors supports clients with their personal injury claims on a no-win, no-fee basis. This means that as a client, you won’t put yourself at any financial risk.

If your case isn’t successful you don’t pay a penny.

We promise that our clients will never come across any hidden costs when filing personal injury claims.

Full transparency at all times

We aspire to be completely transparent on pricing from the beginning, so none of our clients will ever be surprised at the end of the process.

Furthermore, we believe advice and support from our team of solicitors should be affordable to those in need.

No-win, no-fee and legal expenses

Our no-win, no-fee solicitors in Manchester regularly assess the prospects of winning your case at all stages of your claim.

If we are able to offer you a Conditional Fee Agreement for your claim, you will not have to pay our legal costs, however, if you lose your claim you may have to pay your opponent’s legal costs.

Legal expenses insurance, which is often provided with some motor insurance policies, can be used to pay your opponent’s legal fees. To protect you, we take out a legal expenses insurance policy for you when taking on your no-win, no-fee claim, if you do not already have a policy.

Disbursements for legal costs

If you win, your opponent will pay the majority of your legal costs and disbursements.

Any legal costs which are not paid by your opponent may be deducted from your compensation. However, you will not pay anything if your claim is unsuccessful and not until it has come to the end.

Our Promise to You

  • Friendly, personal legal services Friendly, personal legal services

    We promise that our approachable solicitors will provide you with a genuinely personal service that puts your needs first. Our team of experts are always on hand to give you support when you need it.

  • Award-winning service in our fields of expertise Award-winning service in our fields of expertise

    We pride ourselves in offering the highest standards of service across each of our legal departments. Regardless of your situation, we promise to provide you with the very best legal advice.

  • Advice tailored to your needs Advice tailored to your needs

    We promise to listen to your needs and offer the right guidance for your situation.

    There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution in any area of the law. Every case requires a tailored approach and you deserve a solicitor who understands this.

  • Outstanding customer service and care Outstanding customer service and care

    Our excellent reputation is built on our exceptional level of client care.

    Every case is handled with the highest level of respect and many of our clients go on to recommend us after building an invaluable relationship with our solicitors.

  • Transparent fees and processes Transparent fees and processes

    Transparency is very important to us. We promise to provide you with total Transparencyrency on fees, so you know exactly what you are paying for. We’ll also make sure you’re kept updated on the progress of your case every step of the way.

  • Approachable and friendly solicitors

What our clients are saying about us

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We received an average 9.1 out 10 based on 224 reviews.
Stacey, Trustpilot

Very pleased with how fast my claim was settled. Very nice people always at the end of the phone when i wanted to ask questions on my.claim. would deffo use this company again. Matthew was brill very friendly and reliable.

Lloyd, Trustpilot

Very pleased with the service I have received, communication has been maintained throughout. Happy with the outcome of my case.

Sandip, Trustpilot

It's always been a pleasant experience using their services. I felt highly comfortable and confident whenever they dealt with my cases in terms of correspondence, communication and performance. I highly regard their services.

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