Public liability law covers a range of situations where a person has been injured due to the negligence of someone else in private premises or in public places. Individuals and businesses alike all have a duty to take care of the safety of others. At Zaparas Lawyers, our team are expert public liability lawyers with extensive knowledge in this area of law.
Have you suffered an injury from an accident which was not your fault?
If you have incurred personal injury due to an accident or incident that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries through a public liability claim.
Public liability law covers a range of situations where a person has been injured due to the negligence of someone else, whether on private premises or within a public place. Individuals and businesses alike have a duty to take care of the safety of others.
At Zaparas Lawyers, our team are expert public liability lawyers with extensive knowledge in this area of law. Public liability cases are subject to strict time limits, it’s best to speak with a public liability lawyer without delay. To understand how much your public liability claim may be worth, call us 1800 927 272 and one of our team of friendly public liability experts will be happy to help.
Public liability insurance covers businesses that occupy the property (and in some instances may also include private residences). If you are injured due to the negligence of someone else in a public place, or in someone else’s property, you may be able to claim lump-sum compensation. Some examples of injuries incurred in public places include:
• Injuries on a footpath, in a park or other public areas (e.g. slips, trips and falls);
• Recreational and sporting injuries (e.g. jet-ski and diving accidents);
• Injuries in rental premises (e.g. landlord/tenant);
• Boating or Aviation injuries;
• Injuries in commercial, retail or private buildings (e.g. shopping centres, parking lots, night clubs or bars);
• Injuries caused by animals (e.g. dog attacks, equestrian accidents);
• Back injuries as a result of a fall in public;
• Schoolyard injuries (physical, emotional and/or psychological);
• Amusement park injuries; and
• Injuries on public transport (e.g. buses, trams, and trains).
Personal injury can arise due to falling or misplaced objects, exposure to dangerous/hazardous material, potholes and inadequate maintenance. Injuries can include slips, trips and falls, neck injuries, back injuries, muscle injuries, food poisoning, sexual and physical assaults or psychological injuries. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of instances where you can claim for public liability compensation.
For more information on whether your injury is eligible for compensation, call us for an obligation and cost-free consultation today on 1800 927 272 or fill in our online enquiry form to request a call back at a time which works best for you.
If you have suffered a personal injury, it could mean that anyone responsible for that public place has failed to fulfil their duty to protect you. Who exactly should be held to account for this will depend on where the accident occurred.
It is the responsibility of the company, governing body, or individual who owns (and/or manages) the public area to maintain it in such a way that it is suitable for use by the general public. Therefore, they are responsible for any accidents that occur on their premises.
Owners of property which is accessible to the general public should have adequate insurance coverage that can be used to compensate members of the public in the unfortunate event they sustain an injury whilst on the property due to negligence.
Our dedicated public liability solicitors in Melbourne are known experts in their field. We help everyday Australians who find themselves in unfortunate circumstances by ensuring they receive the proper care and compensation they deserve. Call us today on 1800 927 272 for a free, confidential chat with one of our experienced Melbourne public liability lawyers.
Making a public liability claim
In a public liability claim, you will need to prove that your injury suffered was “caused by a breach in the duty of care owed to you by the entity responsible for the area in which you were injured”. In simplified terms, the key elements a public liability lawyer has to prove for a successful public liability claim are:
• That the individual or organisation at fault owed you a duty of care;
• That the individual or organisation breached that duty of care due to negligence;
• As a result of their negligence, you were hurt and suffered a loss.
See the FAQ section below “What will I be entitled to?” on what sort of loss, as mentioned above, you can potentially claim under public liability.
Get in touch with our expert public liability solicitors who will guide you through your claim to ensure you know about your rights and entitlements - call us today on 1800 927 272.
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What are some examples of public liability claims?
Examples of successful public liability claims won by Zaparas Lawyers include slips and trips in supermarkets, shopping centres, private businesses, aquatic centres and sporting arenas. Even injuries at private residences, public places, school yards and parks could result in a successful claim.
What do I need to do to make a claim? I've slipped/tripped/fell and now I'm injured. What can I do?
To support your claim and strengthen your chances of success:
• Report the incident immediately as it happens to either the owner or the staff member present
• Make sure your incident is recorded within an on-site incident report
• Request for the contact details of any witnesses to the incident
• Photograph the area where the incident occurred
Your dedicated Zaparas public liability lawyer will need to clearly prove that the injury was not your fault in order to submit a successful claim for public liability compensation.
Zaparas Lawyers can assist you in gathering the required evidence to make your claim stronger. Call us today on 1800 927 272 for a personal consultation with a public liability solicitor to find out if you are eligible for a public liability claim.
What will I be entitled to? What can I claim compensation for?
Your entitlement to compensation depends on the severity of your injury, and whether it occurred as a result of the fault of another person or entity in a publicly accessible place.
You may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering depending on the injuries you have sustained. The amount of compensation you are entitled to receive for your financial losses is intended to restore you to the financial position you would be in if the accident did not occur.
You may be entitled to claim:
General Damages / Non-Economic Loss - pain, suffering and loss of amenity
The nature of the injury, the estimated recovery period and the rehabilitation required – and whether a further medical treatment or even lifelong care is needed – will be assessed accordingly.
Special Damages/Financial losses resulting from the accident - to cover medical fees, loss of salary, and out-of-pocket expenses
Costs for medical care (such as Physiotherapy), loss of income, hospital travel costs may be claimed as part of your expenses. Expenses for ongoing care, loss of future income, or home adaptations required as a result of the injury are additional expenses a person may claim.
How long does the claim process take?
You will only be compensated once your injury is considered permanent and stable, which is generally one year from when the injury occurred. After approximately one year from the date of your injury we will pay for you to be assessed by doctors who will make an assessment as to the permanency and stability of your injury.
Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may also be able to make a claim for a lump sum payment for pain and suffering. You will also have to establish that your injury occurred due to the negligence of another entity. We will advise you as to whether or not negligence can be established in your case.
I'm not sure if I want to pursue a claim. Are there any limitations of time?
You have three (3) years from the date of injury to commence a proceeding in public liability. If you are not sure if you would like to pursue a claim, continue to attend your doctor and hospital appointments and re-evaluate your decision once you have received some treatment and have a better idea of your prognosis.
What is the cost of the first consultation? What are the legal fees?
Zaparas Lawyers operates on a ‘No win, no charge’ basis. This means we will pay for all costs and disbursements in relation to your claim. Put simply, there is no cost to you at all unless you are successful in your claim.
What should I bring to my appointment?
You should bring all relevant documentation you have such as medical reports, radiological investigations and any other documents that may be relevant. If you have photographs of the place where you were injured these are also beneficial. If possible, these photographs should be taken close to your date of injury, especially when an accident has occurred on a footpath or other public area as the area may be repaired by the time you attend our office for an appointment.
English is my second language. Can you still help me?
Our firm has a diverse and multicultural team comprising of lawyers and law clerks who speak different languages including: Greek, Cantonese, Mandarin, Serbian, Croation, Bosnian, Macedonian, Turkish and Singhalese. We also have a network of the very best interpreters who can attend interviews and appointments free of charge to our clients.
Will I have to go to court to claim compensation?
We will keep you fully informed at every stage of the case. Many public liability compensation matters are settled out-of-court – Zaparas Lawyers personal injury lawyers negotiate hard to get the best settlement for you.
But if a court hearing is necessary, we instruct experienced barristers who specialise in personal injury cases, to make sure you have the best legal representation possible.
Public Liability Solicitors Melbourne
The Zaparas Lawyers team has handled a vast array of public liability claims, motor vehicle accident claims and workplace accident claims. Our team has the skills and experience you need to succeed in your case and ensure get the full compensation you deserve.
Our experienced public liability lawyers have handled all kinds of injuries that have been sustained in a wide range of different accidents circumstances. Don’t delay, contact us today and we’ll connect you with a friendly and knowledgeable legal professional with extensive experience in cases just like yours.