Public liability compensation covers people who are injured in a public or private property due to the occupier’s negligence. If you slipped and fell at a private or public property due to no wet floor sign, you may be entitled to claim compensation benefits for your injuries.
Can I sue the property owner for slipping on a wet floor?
Yes, you may make a claim against the owner, manager, or local authority if you slipped on a wet floor and got injured. In order to receive compensation benefits
- the risk of injury was not obvious to you
- the injury happened despite your reasonable precaution
- you weren’t engaging in a recreational activity where a warning of the risk was given to you
You can reach our experienced slip and fall lawyers to know your entitlements; we will be able to assess your claim better once we get further details on a free claim check.
What does slip and fall compensation benefits include?
include loss of income while you are on recovery and loss of opportunity for earning money
include necessary rehabilitation, treatments, and medications.
includes loss of enjoyment of life due to physical and psychological injury.
includes support worker, carer etc.
How do I make a slip and fall claim?
- You can simply reach our compensation lawyers to start your legal process. We have been helping injured people in NSW. Please see the general process below: Identify the responsible party related to the injury and immediately notify them about the accident. If possible, make a written notification and hold a copy for yourself.
- Collect as much evidence as possible of the accident, such as CCTV footage, photos, videos, and witness accounts together with medical reports assessing your injuries. Keep copies of medical bills and any correspondence related to the accident as well.
- Document the time and the location of the accident with details including how it happened and what other people were involved.
- Obtain proof of the days away from work. These documents proving your earnings before the injury will be required in the process of claiming for loss of income.
Do I need to go to court?
Most public liability claims are settled through payment made by the public liability insurer. In cases that a settlement can’t be made, or the insurer does not accept liability for the injury, court action may be needed.
Slip and fall cases settlement amounts in Australia
The settlement amounts of slip and fall cases vary significantly in Australia. The amount depends on lots of variables including the extent of the injuries, age of the injured person, loss of potential earnings and so on.
As an example: In 2017 a 59-year old man slipped and fell on a wet surface in NSW, and was compensated $293,597 for medical expenses, loss of past and future earnings, and pain and suffering payout.
How long does a slip and fall claim take?
It strongly depends on the circumstances of the accident, whether the insurer admits liability immediately or without having to commence court proceedings and also the recovery of your injuries. Generally speaking, slip and fall claims usually resolve within 1.5-3 years.
What is the time limit for a slip and fall no wet sign claim?
You have 3 years from the date of the accident to commence court proceedings otherwise you will be barred from commencing court proceedings without seeking special leave from the court which can be challenging without a convincing explanation.
Slip and fall accidents generally happen at:
- Restaurants, food courts, pubs
- Commercial buildings