If you have suffered injuries as a result of a slip, fall or the like, in public or on private premises, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries and loss.
Occupiers of public and private premises owe a duty of care to the 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:
1. That the owner or occupier of the premises owed you a duty of care (this is usually relatively easy);
2. That there was a breach of that duty of care owed to you;
3. It was reasonably foreseeable that this type of breach would cause injury or damage to someone; and
4. 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.