It's often believed public liability injury claims are limited to physical injury caused by an accident in a public space.
While this is certainly an accurate definition, there are many types of public liability claims that can be filed, and compensation can be awarded in several instances that many people may not be aware of.
In New South Wales, anyone who has been injured in a public space can claim that the accident was caused by the negligence of another party. This injury can include physical or even psychological damage, and in addition to medical costs, claims can help victims recover all expenses related to time away from work and suffering.
Some of the most common examples of public liability injury claims include being injured in shopping centres on wet floors, in retail shops and restaurants that may be undergoing renovations, boating accidents, injuries at sporting events or even injuries caused by allegedly defective products.
Understanding your limitations
However, there are a few limitations surrounding the public liabilities claim process. This includes the time frame in which you can make the claim, which expires three years after the date of the accident.
If you try to file the claim after this three-year period, it could become statute barred.
Rather than waiting, you should immediately report your accident to the owner or to the business where the accident took place. Once you've told management about your injury, you'll need to file the claim with the owner or business' insurance company.
It is then critical to find a public injury lawyer to represent you and learn about all the legal options you are entitled to.
These entitlements include several you may not even be aware of. Once you and your lawyers have proven the injury was because of the negligence of the other party, you may be able to claim all medical expenses associated with the injury.
You can also recoup any wages you lost while you were away from work recovering from the injury. You will also be entitled to pursue a Common Law Claim.
After an injury, whether physical or psychological, you have options. However, it may require the assistance of an experienced team of compensation lawyers to learn what the best next course of action should be.