With all of the sad and scary things going on in the world today, there is a ray of sunshine with some positive news: The number of slip and fall public liability cases in Australia has gone down.
What is a slip and fall claim?
Slip and fall claims are made when an individual falls and gets hurt due to the negligence of an individual, business or public entity. These claims can only be made if you can prove that the incident occurred as a direct result of the negligence of the person or organisation supposedly at fault.
You technically have up to three years to make a claim, but it's better to do so as soon as you can. This is because you have a better chance of winning your case if you have recent and clear evidence. By contrast, if you wait too long and your injury is minor, there is a high likelihood that you will have little proof to show that you were even harmed in the first place.
Australia sees lowest numbers of slip and fall cases in 15 years
According to MySunshineCoast, 2019 saw the lowest number of slip and fall cases in the past 15 years with only 28 cases being handed down by Australian courts (for reference, the usual number hovers around 40).
Another interesting fact about slip and fall cases in 2019 is that in addition to the low number of cases, it was also the most successful year for defendants. Only 45 percent of cases were won by the plaintiff. This proves that not only are numbers down for the amount of cases reported, but the court system is taking its time and care in determining the verdict on each individual case.
None of this should be taken to downplay the seriousness of legitimate slip and fall claims: Have you been injured or gotten sick on public property due to negligence of an individual, business or public entity? Do you believe that you are entitled to compensation? If so, talk to Gerard Malouf and Partners Compensation, Medical Negligence and Will Dispute Lawyers. Our No Win No Fee policy will give you the peace of mind that you need to make an appointment. Contact us today!