If you have suffered injuries as a result of a slip, fall or the like, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries and loss.
Occupiers of public and private premises owe a duty to people who enter their premises and usually have public liability insurance. If that duty is breached by the owner or occupier and if you have suffered loss as a result, you will be entitled to bring a claim for compensation. Your accident may have occurred in a shopping centre, a park, or on a footpath, through no fault of your own.
To succeed in a public liability claim you need to prove the following:
- That the owner or occupier of the premises owed you a duty of care (this is usually relatively easy);
- That there was a breach of that duty of care owed to you;
- It was reasonably foreseeable that this type of breach would cause injury or damage to someone; and
- You have been injured/suffered financial loss.
Some examples of how you may have been injured could be:
- Slipping in a shopping centre/supermarket
- School yard accidents
- Dog attack
- Playground accidents
- Accidents at a person's residence
The claim for compensation includes damages for:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of wages/income (past and future)
- Medical expenses (past and future)
- Out of pocket expenses
Time limits apply
Strict time limits apply to bringing a claim so we recommend that you speak with one of our experienced injury lawyers as soon as possible.