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Public Liability

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What is Public Liability?

While we are out in public spaces an accident could happen to any one of us. 

If you’ve suffered an injury in a public or private property you may be entitled to compensation, however this will depend on the circumstances of the accident.

Public liability claims include the following:

  • Slips, trips and falls at a shopping centre or supermarket;
  • Injuries in another person’s residential property;
  • Injuries in rental properties, for example landlord/tenant;
  • Injuries caused by dogs;
  • Schoolyard injuries;
  • Injuries caused by faulty goods (also known as product liability).

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Please contact us for a no obligation chat to discuss your injury matter with you in more detail.

 

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What Can I Claim?

The most common things we claim for our clients include:

Pain & Suffering

This includes both physical pain and psychological pain, plus loss of enjoyment. Loss of enjoyment includes hobbies or activities that you previously enjoyed doing but are now unable to do because of your injury.

Financial Loss Or Loss Of Income

This is any time you’ve already taken off from work due to the injury as well as any expected loss of future income.

Medical Expenses

Any medical costs you have already paid plus future medical costs. Your doctors will advise on the appropriate future medical costs if you’re unclear.

Past & Future Care

Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to claim for any assistance you have been given by a family member, including your child, spouse or parent. If that assistance is required into the future then this is also claimed.

It will be helpful for your personal injury claim if you have kept proof of any past losses. This could include receipts for your travel expenses, medical bills or damaged property, or maybe a journal of the ways in which your day to day life has been affected by your injuries.

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How much will the Claim process cost me?

Please contact us for a no obligation chat to discuss your injury matter with you in more detail. 

If we assess you’ve been wronged and have a right to compensation from an insurer, we’ll back you with a no win, no fee agreement.

This means we don’t get paid until you do.

Please note that there are strict time limits that apply to this type of claim. Make sure you realise your rights to public liability compensation and contact the team at Adelaide Legal.

If your claim doesn’t fall under our no win, no fee agreement then we will provide you with an estimate of our fees to action the matter for you, plus the funds required to commence the matter.

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How long will it take for me to receive my compensation?

 

It is usually best to wait until a medical professional is of the opinion that your injuries have stabilised. This is because until then, we can’t be sure of the full extent of your injuries and therefore what you are entitled to claim.

A typical claim may take between 12 to 18 months to resolve, however, a more difficult matter could take longer.

We will keep you informed every step of the way regarding time lines on the information we have at the time.

What Is The Claims Process?

 

Owners and occupiers such as landlords and shopkeepers usually maintain adequate insurance in the case of accidental injury on their premises. But just because you are injured, you aren’t automatically entitled to compensation. Our initial investigations are to establish whether a duty of care was breached in some way. This may be by showing proper systems of cleaning weren’t adhered to or known defects weren’t addressed in a timely fashion.

 

We are required to prove the following things for a successful claim:
  1. That a person or entity is in some way responsible for your injuries;
  2. That the above person or entity owed you a duty of care and breached that duty of care;
  3. That you were injured and suffered loss as result of that breach.
Please note that there are strict time limits that apply to this type of claim. Make sure you realise your rights to public liability compensation and contact the team at Adelaide Legal.

Why choose Adelaide Legal?

It can be difficult to find out what you’re entitled to and the best way forward. We provide you with clear legal advice and the positive assistance required to achieve the best possible result for you.

We understand that it’s not always easy to discuss personal issues, worries and concerns with a stranger, but our friendly lawyers know this and do all they can to become part of your support network.

We take our work very seriously, because you matter to us. Our goal is simple: to deliver the best outcome to you.

“Upmost professionalism from a great team. I would recommend to anyone seeking advice for an MVA insurance claim.”

Joel Dixon

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Managing Associate Lawyer

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Lawyer, LLB

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Can I make a Personal Injury Claim?

Please follow the link for more information: https://www.adelaidelegal.net.au/can-i-make-a-personal-injury-claim/

Do I need a lawyer to make a claim?

We always recommend that you get legal advice as soon as possible in order to ensure no time limits set by law have passed. It’s also important that we are involved so that we can help identify the correct party concerned, for example whether the party at fault should be the shopping centre or the cleaning company that operates the shopping centre. We will then oversee every aspect of your claim including managing your medical appointments and keeping in regular contact with the insurer until we reach a resolution.

How do I know if someone is responsible for my injury?

In order for a person or entity to be responsible for your injuries, your injuries have to have been caused by their negligence. Either by them actively doing something (e.g. installing something that was hazardous) or by them failing to do something (e.g. not appropriately maintaining an area).

What does ‘duty of care’ mean?

‘Duty of care’ is a very important aspect of a public liability claim. A duty of care is a legal duty for the person or entity to take reasonable care not to cause you harm that could be reasonably foreseen.

What does ‘negligence’ mean?

‘Negligence’ is another extremely important part of a public liability claim. Negligence arises when the person or entity who owed you a duty of care failed to take reasonable care even though they had a legal duty to do so.