Posted by Sponsored Post Posted on 2 January 2021

Public Liability Law in Australia

If you have suffered an injury in a public place or property where someone else was liable, you can make a public liability compensation claim. Many documents should be obtained and the process can be frustrating to deal with. You can make a claim either by yourself or with the assistance of a registered compensation lawyer.

What situations are defined as public liability?

Every public place or property such as but not limited to, schoolyards, parking lots, restaurants, sporting areas, libraries, shopping malls, shops and suchlike that are under someone else’s liability are subject to public liability compensation if you suffered an injury in one of the places mentioned. You can also make a claim if the injury occurred in a rental property such as Airbnb.

What are the common examples?

If you are injured in a public place where the liable person failed to take precautions to prevent harm, you can claim compensation. The most known examples of public liability injuries might be concussions, slip trip and falls, injuries occur from falling objects, damages on the skin due to shattered glass, injuries due to collapsed platforms in a concert, very dim lights preventing you to see a puddle of water in front of you, therefore slipping and breaking your leg might be one of many examples.

If the risk was not inherent or foreseeable, you may have a good reason to make a compensation claim. 

What can I claim?

You may be entitled to claim compensation for the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Past and future loss of income
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Travel expenses to and from appointments
  • Domestic help
  • Compensation for physical or psychological pain and suffering

How can I claim?

The insurer of the other party is responsible to compensate for your injuries and economic/non-economic loss. You or your lawyer must gather all the relevant documents detailing how the liability was breached, the type and degree of your injuries, your medical expenses due to the injury, documents relating to your permanent impairment and past and future loss of income. 

Do I need a lawyer to make a claim?

Although it is not compulsory to work with a lawyer to make a claim, hiring one will surely be very advantageous for you. Your lawyer will ensure you understand your right and prevent you to be awarded less than what you can rightfully obtain. If you hesitate to hire a lawyer to prevent any further financial difficulties, you can choose to work with a public liability lawyer that works on a no win no fee basis.

A no win no fee lawyer will only get paid if you can successfully be compensated. Lawyers acting on no win no fee basis will also cover your disbursements. You can arrange a free initial consultation to have your case assessed.

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