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Public Liability Incident Report – Guidance Notes

 

Please note that information given on claim forms may be used for the purposes of preventing or detecting fraud by sharing and cross matching with other bodies.

For more details see under NATIONAL FRAUD INITIATIVE on our website www.east-ayrshire.gov.uk. Please also refer to Section 5: Declaration incorporated in the Claim Form.

Notes on completing the Public Liability Incident Report form

1. Any alleged loss that is found to have been fraudulently intimated, falsely stated or exaggerated will be subject of criminal prosecution.

2. The form must be completed in full and signed and dated by you as being a true representation of the circumstances surrounding the background to the loss. Submission of the form does not constitute acceptance of a claim.

3. Upon submission of the Incident Report Form, ARA will investigate the loss circumstances fully, and will write to you with its findings.

4. In the event that you elect to pursue a claim against ARA/ Its Insurers, the onus of proof of negligence rests with you. Under the “Description of the incident” you should state clearly why you consider ARA to be legally liable for your loss. You will be notified in writing should the incident form be passed to ARA’s insurers for consideration as a claim under existing Public Liability insurance arrangements.

5. The ultimate decisions regarding the liability, or otherwise of ARA rests with ARA/its Insurers. In relation to claims that have been formally intimated to Insurers no further contact should be made with ARA. Any further communication should be directly with ARA’s Insurers, who will already have acknowledged their interest to you. You may contact them by telephone or in person at the number quoted in their correspondence. In respect of losses that are being administered by ARA, you will receive an acknowledgement of the form, initially. Following investigation into the incident a formal view on liability will be conveyed to you, in writing.

6. It is also your responsibility to quantify the value of your loss. Therefore, two written estimates will be required, for the repair or replacement of damaged property as well as an indication of the original purchase price and date of purchase. In relation to damage to alloy wheels, written confirmation from a supplier will be required to confirm that any damage is beyond economic repair. NB: If one alloy wheel is damaged and that style of alloy is no longer available, in law, if negligence is proven against ARA, you are entitled to be placed back in the position you were in prior to the damage occurring i.e. replacement of the one damaged alloy. ARA will not meet the cost of the remaining three alloys if they were not damaged in the incident.

7. In relation to incidents requiring the replacement of damaged tyres and or moving parts, which are subject of wear and tear, please ask the repairer to confirm in writing the approximate mileage covered by the tyre/component, at the time of loss.

8. Should you proceed with repair or replacement prior to ARA/ its Insurers having had the opportunity to fully investigate the position on liability, your claim may be prejudiced. ARA and/ or its Insurers, reserves the right to have the alleged damage independently examined by a garage of their choice.

9. Similarly, any damaged property which is disposed of without the prior agreement of ARA and/its Insurers may prejudice your claim (other than tyres where a repairer’s report will suffice).

10. ARA and its Insurers have a right to recover any salvage and no property should be disposed of without obtaining prior agreement from ARA. The decision to replace damaged goods, prior to full consideration of the loss rests entirely with the claimant.

11. Roads Claims - The existence of potholes does not necessarily constitute negligence on the part of ARA. As long as ARA’s actions have been reasonable and in accordance with recognised best practice then generally liability will not attach.

12. Mitigation of Loss – You have a duty to take all reasonable steps to reduce the value/extent of any loss and to ensure that as far as possible your property does not become damaged.

13. Where a claim is accepted you will be asked to sign a discharge form prior to any settlement cheque being released. Such losses will be settled on an Indemnity basis i.e. a deduction is made for wear, tear and depreciation. NB: Claims are not settled on a ‘new’ for ‘old’ basis.

14. Should you intend to pursue an insurance claim, you should be aware that the Law of Negligence will be used to determine liability. In the event of liability being disputed, by either the claimant or the Insurers to ARA, formal commencement of legal proceedings may ensue.

Right to Appeal

15. Claims being handled by ARA In the event that you are unhappy with the outcome of your claim, you can appeal in writing. Please note that any requests for review following your appeal will not be considered further unless you are in a position to provide new information in support of your claim. This information will be reviewed with a response made to you in writing as soon as our investigations are complete. If after an appeal you are still unhappy with the decision, then you may wish to seek legal advice at your own expense or consult the Citizens Advice Bureau. Where the issue relates to dissatisfaction with a service provided rather than the outcome of your claim please refer to the Council’s Complaints Procedure Note below.

Claims being handled by ARA’s Insurers

In the event that you are unhappy with the outcome of your claim handled by ARA’s insurer then you must direct all enquiries to them. Where an Insurer repudiates a claim, the claimant’s rights in law remain protected and the claimant remains free to take his/her own legal advice and instruction as appropriate. Under the terms of ARA’s insurance contract, ARA/ its officers and its Elected Members are precluded from entering into negotiations with the Third Party regarding liability and/or quantum.

Complaints Procedure

16. Decisions taken by either ARA/and or its insurer, as to whether or not it considers it was legally liable and responsible for causing the alleged incident, do not fall within the jurisdiction of the “Council’s Complaints Procedure” and would not constitute a “Complaint” under the procedure. Should you continue to be dissatisfied with a service being provided by the Council you can complain by following the revised Complaints Handling Procedure which can be found on the Council’s website or by obtaining a Guide to Making Comments, Suggestions and Complaints leaflet from a council public office.

It is important that you read and understand the guidance notes before completing the form. They are provided to help you complete the form correctly to help avoid unnecessary delays. East Ayrshire Council & South Ayrshire Council on behalf of the Ayrshire Roads Alliance does not admit liability by the issue of this form

Contact Information 

 

Phone: 01563 503 160

E-mail: enquiries@ayrshireroadsalliance.org

Address:  Ayrshire Roads Alliance, Opera House, 8 John Finnie Street, Kilmarnock, KA1 1DD