Public Liability Accidents

What is a Public Liability Accident?

Public liability accidents are accidents that happen in a public place which result in you suffering an injury. To make a claim for a public liability accident there must be a duty of care owed to you in relation to the place of the accident, a breach of that duty and that you suffered damage as a result of the breach.

Examples of public liability accidents

There are a wide range of circumstances where public liability accidents happen, such as:

Public playgrounds
Schoolyards
Shopping centres
Parks
Bike tracks
Footpaths
Showgrounds
Nightclubs, pubs and other entertainment venues
Residential properties
Private properties
Boating and aviation
Animal attacks

What does a compensation claim for a Public Liability Accident Involve?

  • What does a compensation claim for a Public Liability Accident Involve? – 1

    We speak with you to obtained detailed information of what happened.
  • What does a compensation claim for a Public Liability Accident Involve? – 2

    We investigate the circumstances of your injury and gather evidence including witness details, photographs and documents such as incident reports.

  • What does a compensation claim for a Public Liability Accident Involve? – 3

    We prepare a document giving the Respondent (i.e. person, business, association or entity responsible for your injury) notice of your claim and the reasons for the claim. This is called a Part 1 Notice of Claim Form.

  • What does a compensation claim for a Public Liability Accident Involve? – 4

    Within 2 months we prepare a document called a Part 2 Notice of Claim Form which sets out any financial loss you have suffered as a result of not being able to work and what rehabilitation you have had.

  • What does a compensation claim for a Public Liability Accident Involve? – 5

    We contact medical specialists and experts to obtain reports regarding your injuries, financial loss and future needs. You may be required to attend appointments where a medical specialist will assess any impairment that you have suffered once your injuries are stable.

  • What does a compensation claim for a Public Liability Accident Involve? – 6

    We work with you to prepare a detailed document setting out all the things you are entitled to claim for. This may include:

    • Pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life
    • Out of pocket expenses and travel expenses
    • Care provided by family members and friends
    • Services you have paid for from a nurse, carer, cleaner, or gardener
    • Past loss of wages
    • Future care that you may require
    • Future loss of wages
    • Future medical expenses
    • House and vehicle modifications
    • Compensation for any reduced life expectancy
    • If you do not have capacity to manage your settlement money, costs associated with administration and management fees.
  • What does a compensation claim for a Public Liability Accident Involve? – 7

    A date for a compulsory conference is scheduled with the Respondent. At the compulsory conference we will negotiate with the Respondent’s lawyers / insurance representative to settle your claim.

    If your claim does not settle at the compulsory conference, we exchange an offer to settle with the Respondent and the offers are open for acceptance for 14 days.

    If the offer is not accepted, then further attempts at settlement are made.

    As a very rare and last resort, Court proceedings are started.

 

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