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When you are injured as a result of an accident on someone else’s property (this could be the streets, a shop, a housing estate or any public place), you may be entitled to compensation from the ‘occupier’ of the property.
If you were injured on someone else’s premises - whether because of uneven paving slabs, slippery surfaces or falling objects - the ‘occupier’ of the premises may be responsible for your injuries. The ‘occupier’ is usually the person (or corporation) who has ‘control’ over the premises/land where you were injured. The Occupier may be the owner of the property, a tenant, a company, a local authority, or any other entity.
Under the Occupier’s Liability Act 1957, an occupier must take reasonable care to ensure that ‘visitors’ to his premises/land are safe when they are on the premises/land. You are a 'visitor' if you had permission to be on the premises/land. Permission may be given expressly (e.g. by an invitation to visit the premises), or alternatively, you might have had permission if you had a legitimate reason to be there - you were a workman on the premises, someone making a delivery or you simply went in to ask for directions.
Even if you were not a 'visitor', i.e. you had no permission to be on the premises/land, you may still have a claim.