Imagine the following scenario. You are walking down the sidewalk during an icy winter morning and you are on the way to work. After taking a look at your watch, you notice that the shift that you are scheduled for this morning starts in less than five minutes and normally it would take about ten to get to your workplace from where you are currently. You begin to panic since you are having some financial hardship at the moment and begin to sprint down the slick and icy sidewalk to try and make it to work on time. As you are crossing the city park adjacent to your work, you lose your footing and slip on a patch of ice and badly twist your ankle. Not only do you limp to work late but you are fired since today would be your second day on the job. While in the hospital and in pain, you are furious and contemplate claiming compensation for your injury. Are you justified in your actions and is it likely for you to be able to claim compensation?
Accidents in public occur all the time. But who is at fault when they happen? Generally, when accidents happen on public property, it may be much harder to receive compensation. This may be especially true if the park you slipped in does not employ regular, paid maintenance workers and there are warning signs of possible dangers when using the park. When accidents in public occur, the hardest thing to prove may be whether or not it was the result of another person’s wrongdoing. In the case that there are warning signs and you decided to run to work and injure yourself, it is unlikely you will even have a case to bring to court. The only way that you will have a case is if you possess hard evidence of something that will prove your accident was not your fault. This can be as simple as recording some audio such as a conversation or taking a photo of something. Hard evidence is the only thing that matters in the courtroom and accidents in public are rarely brought to the attention of the courts.