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Slips, trips and falls: Public Liability Injury claims

Compensation lawyers don’t just handle cases involving injuries suffered in car accidents; in fact they deal with a wide range of compensation cases, including medical negligence, inheritance disputes and asbestos-related claims.

They also help people with Public Liability Injury claims. These are claims made for compensation after someone is injured in a public or private space as a result of a slip, fall or other accident.

For example, if someone were to slip on a wet floor in a supermarket, it may be possible to make a Supermarket Injury claim.

By making such a claim you could receive a lump sum payment to cover medical expenses, wage or superannuation losses, to compensate for pain or suffering, or for any other costs that arise from your injuries.

There are in fact a wide range of contexts where it may be possible to make a Public Liability claim, and for this reason it is a good idea to seek the advice of injury compensation experts when you are not sure about your eligibility.

It is equally a good idea to do so on behalf of loved ones who may have been injured as a result of a slip or fall in a public or private area.

Sometimes these sorts of accidents can occur as a result of third party negligence.

A slip or trip that causes injury may happen because of faulty workmanship in the physical environment, or because someone has inadvertently left an obstacle in a public thoroughfare.

A study carried out by researchers at Monash University in 2008 looked at the relationship between slips, trips and falls and the design and construction of buildings.

It found that the building and design features most often associated with fall injuries included flooring surfaces, stairs, windows and balconies.

Another interesting point made by the researchers was the effect of demographics on the incidence of these types of injuries.

“Slips, trips and falls in buildings constitute a large and costly public health problem, which is expected to grow in coming years due to the ageing of the Australian population and the increase in housing density, with associated trends to multi-storey dwellings,” the study said.

Doubtless there are many accidents that simply can’t be prevented, but in the case of those that could have been, it is worth seeking advice about whether the victim may be entitled to compensation.

© 2013 
Gerard Malouf & Partners
 — Personal Injury Compensation Lawyers

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