Do I Have a Public Liability Claim?

People are hurt in public all the time. From tripping on an uneven footpath to slipping on a wet supermarket floor, these accidents do happen.

The first thing to do when you have been hurt in a public place is take care of yourself. Address any immediate medical concerns you have and see a doctor as soon as practicable to take care of your overall well being.

What many people don’t realise is that they’re often entitled to compensation after they’re hurt in public. Whether it was an individual or an organisation that was responsible, a successful public liability claim will see you receive a compensation payment.


The What and Where of Public Liability Claims

Public liability claims are covered by various pieces of legislation, but generally speaking you can be compensated if you are hurt in a non-work-related accident. These types of accidents can occur almost anywhere, including:


  • In a retail location such as a shopping centre or supermarket
  • In a hotel, motel or rental accommodation
  • In institutions such as schools
  • In an open space such as a park or on a footpath
  • On transport such as a boat or airplane


How you are actually hurt goes beyond slipping and falling, and includes circumstances such as:


  • Physical and sexual assault
  • Food poisoning
  • Animal attacks
  • Sporting incidents


Beyond Physical Pain

Being hurt in public often involves more than the physical symptoms caused by slipping and falling. The impact of your accident may include spinal injuries, sprains and strains, burns and broken bones.

It may, however, also include psychiatric symptoms and conditions including depression, anxiety and stress.


Duty of Care

Duty of care is the other major factor involved in most public liability claims. It must be established that the other party owed you a duty of care and that a breach of this resulted in your accident. In these situations, independent legal advice can help to advise you on your case.


What Will My Compensation Cover?

A public accident often doesn’t end at the source of the event. That’s why your compensation can assist you in the immediate aftermath of your event, as well as further down the track. Your compensation can cover:


  • Loss of earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical, rehabilitative and related expenses
  • Required care and assistance
  • Travelling expenses
  • Modifications to your home or vehicle


Advice for After Your Accident

In the immediate aftermath of your accident the most important thing is looking after yourself. After the necessary first aid and on-the-spot treatment, you should:


  • Inform the person or organisation who is responsible
  • Take photos of the location of the incident and where you have been hurt
  • See a GP as soon as possible


If you would like further assistance or clarification on your circumstances, an expert accident compensation lawyer can help.

Bartels Lawyers are experts in Brisbane and we are dedicated to providing practical services. We bring legal expertise to you, starting with a free consultation. Call (07) 3341 2222 to talk to a lawyer today.

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