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Attorneys experienced in dealing with public liability and personal injury cases and claims against injuries sustained in public places

We measure the success of our cases on the subsequent safety measures implemented in public places.

Personal Injuries Sustained in Public Places

When visiting a shopping centre or a restaurant, the last thing one expects is to be seriously injured by a falling object or due to a slippery floor or treacherous stairs. Accidents happen, however, and if you have been injured in a public place, you may have grounds for a public liability claim.

What is a public liability claim?

A public liability claim is one that is made for injuries sustained as a result of an accident that occurs on property that is open or accessible to the public, such as shopping centres, bars, restaurants and cinemas.

The owners or occupiers of these public spaces have a duty to ensure that the property is well maintained in order to prevent accidents. Although business owners cannot be expected to prevent every accident, they are expected to exercise the same amount of care as a reasonable, cautious person in maintaining and/or safeguarding their property.

Are you entitled to make a claim for compensation?

If your injury was caused intentionally by or as a result of the negligence of the business owner or occupier, it is advisable to contact us as soon as possible so that we can assist you in determining whether your claim could be successful.

Among other things, the following four elements need to be proven in order for a claim to be successful:

  • The owner or occupier of the space had a duty to guard against any foreseeable problems, to take reasonable precautions and to warn customers of potential danger.
  • The owner or occupier failed to meet his or her duty to foresee, protect or warn.
  • An injury was sustained as a result of the negligent behaviour of the owner.
  • The customer suffered damages, such as physical or emotional injury, with subsequent financial implications.

Examples of injuries sustained in public places

  • Injuries caused by slips, trips and falls in supermarkets, shopping centres, bars or cinemas.
  • Injuries caused by dangerous footpaths or pavements, potholes or tree roots.
  • Injuries caused by steps or staircases in disrepair.
  • Injuries caused by sharp objects.
  • Injuries caused by objects falling from a height in a public place.

Joseph’s Incorporated Attorneys are experienced in dealing with public liability and personal injury cases. If you would like advice on how to proceed with your case, please contact us on 011 325 2886.




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Unit 1 Bompas Square
9 Bompas Road,
Dunkeld, 2196
Docex 379 Johannesburg