Bournemouth Council

Liability Insurance Claims Against Us

Find out more about what’s involved in making a claim

The Claim Process

When we get a letter of claim we send the details to our insurance company. We aim to respond to you within 10 working days of getting your letter to give you our insurance details.

If we need more information than you included in your letter of claim we’ll respond within 10 days to request further information.

If the incident you’re claiming about was a result of works carried out by a utility company or contractor, then your claim may be against them, and not us. If this happens, we’ll let you know who you need to contact.

You’ll need to give us a single point of contact for you or your representative and we’ll give you the details of the person administering the claim on our behalf.

All claims will be processed as quickly as possible, civil procedure cost rules allow us 40 business days (approximately six weeks) to investigate the claim. Once we’ve reached a decision our insurers will respond on our behalf.

What can I do about my property during the claim process?

Losses can vary from one situation to another, so we can’t give you exact details of what you should do but here’s some general advice you might find helpful if your property has been damaged.

You should tell both parties if you make a claim from us and your own insurer.

We won’t object if your property needs to be repaired for safety or legal reasons (for example, making sure a vehicle is roadworthy) before we have reached a decision on legal liability.

This doesn’t mean we’re admitting liability, and you should tell us when the repairs are being done.  You should be aware that repairing your property could destroy the evidence of damage so remember to take lots of photos before repair work is done.  

What information do I need to provide?

To make a public liability claim you need to send us either a formal letter of claim or a completed Liability Insurance Claim Form.

The more information you can give us at the start of the claim the faster we’ll be able to investigate it.  We recommend you include maps and photographs too.

Your letter of claim should provide enough information for us to begin investigations, so you’ll need to include:

  • Claimants name and address.
  • Details of the incident, including accident location and circumstances.
  • Details of any injuries or damage to property.
  • Details of how or why the claimant feels we have acted negligently.
  • Witness contact details and statements, if appropriate.

If the claim is about damage to your vehicle you must provide:

  • Proof of vehicle ownership.
  • A copy of the current MOT and insurance certificate.
  • The date of the last service.

For claims involving roads and pavements

To make a claim you need to send us either a formal letter of claim or a completed Liability Insurance Claim Form.

or contact the Highways Department

Environment & Regeneration Services
Town Hall Annexe
St Stephen’s Road
Bournemouth
BH2 6EA

 

You must prove that:

  • the road or pavement had not been maintained properly and was therefore dangerous
  • this directly caused the incident.

For all other matters

Contact the The Insurance and Risk Management Team:

Strategic Finance
Bournemouth Borough Council
Town Hall
Bourne Avenue
Bournemouth
BH2 6DY

Contact Us

Telephone

General Enquiries

01202 451451

Address

Customer Services Centre

St Stephens Road
Bournemouth
BH2 6EB

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