What is public liability?
Have you suffered an injury due to the fault or negligence of another person whilst in a public area or private premises? You may have a public liability claim and will need the help of a personal injury lawyer.

Who can an injured person claim compensation from?

Any person who has caused injury to another may be required to pay compensation. Sometimes, a person may be required to pay compensation for the actions of others. For example, a publican could be held liable for injuries caused by a drunken customer to another customer.

In particular, occupiers of property have a duty of care to people who may enter the property. It does not matter if the property is privately or publicly owned. Property includes sporting fields, parks, gardens and footpaths.

What needs to be proven?
Our public liability lawyers will investigate the following:

  • It must be more likely than not that your injury is a result of the negligence of another party.
  • It is insufficient that you were simply injured.

What compensation is available?
Compensation is paid in relation to the injury suffered as opposed to the degree of the other party’s negligence. Our public liability lawyers will find out if you may be entitled to compensation for but not limited to the following:

  • Financial loss both past and future
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Home help and nursing provided by someone

It is important to be aware that compensation is paid as a ‘lump sum’ and you cannot return to court should your injury deteriorate after compensation is paid.

Examples of public liability injuries include but are not limited to:

  • Injury resulting from slips or falls, for example on pavement or in a shopping centre or supermarket.
  • Dog bites or attacks
  • Defective products either purchased by you or by others
  • Injuries occurring in a playground
  • Injuries occurring while undertaking a recreational activity or while in a recreational area
  • Injuries in bars and clubs
  • Assault cases

Contact our office on 1300 INJURED or submit an online enquiry for a free no obligation consultation with one of our experienced public liability lawyers.