What you need to know to make a public liability injury claim

Date: Apr 14, 2014

If you've recently sustained an injury due to the negligence of somebody else, you may be eligible to make a public liability injury claim.

Whether your accident was caused by a simple slip and fall in a supermarket or an accident caused in your own home by faulty workmanship, there is a wide range of injury compensation options to help ease the burden of medical costs and any potential loss of income.

Unfortunately, it is the responsibility of the injured party to prove negligence caused the incident, so it is important to obtain legal advice from compensation lawyers as soon as possible after an accident occurs.

To ensure you understand your rights and obligations when making a public liability injury claim, here is the basic information you need to know.

Who can I make a claim against?

Depending on where or how you sustained your injury, you may be able to lay a claim against an individual or a company. In certain cases, successful claimants have received compensation from supermarket chains, independent companies and even specific workers.

Essentially, any person or organisation that held a duty of care towards your safety could be liable to provide for your medical, legal and emotional compensation. However, in most cases the insurance agency representing this party will make the actual compensation payment.

How will I receive injury compensation?

Compensation for a public liability injury claim will typically be paid as a lump sum to cover all past and future medical expenses, this also includes the expense of modifying your home or purchasing equipment related to the injury – such as wheelchairs and ramps.

Additionally, payment may be received to help compensate for any loss in wages and superannuation caused by the injury. Compensation can also represent financial support for any pain and suffering you have experienced.

What do I need to prove liability?

If you have been injured in a public place, it may be easy to obtain sufficient witnesses to your accident. However, in some cases there are no bystanders to support your claim.

In this situation, it is important to collect as much evidence as possible as proving liability is the responsibility of the claimant. 

Common actions that can support your claim include taking photos of the location you were injured in – including the specific fault that caused the accident. Additionally documenting your physical injury is also recommended, with photographic evidence of any bruises or abrasions used to support the official medical notes.

If you require more information about injury compensation, or would like to make a public liability injury claim, get in touch with Gerard Malouf Partners today.

Call us now on 1800 004 878 to book a free appointment with one of my compensation experts, or email your enquiry.