Public Liability Lawyers Perth
What is a public liability claim?
If you were injured due to negligence in a public or private place, you can claim compensation for medical expenses, loss of past and future earnings (loss of income while you are on recovery and loss of opportunity for earning money), pain and suffering and domestic assistance (paid or not-paid).
In Western Australia, many organisations are legally required to have public liability insurance; our public liability lawyers in Perth can help you to make a claim against the occupier who may be an owner, a manager, tenants or local authority depending on the situation.
How do I make a public liability compensation claim?
You can follow the steps below or contact our experienced public liability lawyers to lodge your public liability claim:
- Identify the responsible party related to your 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 like 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 together with details such as how it happened and what other people were involved.
- Obtain proof of your days away from work. Also, documents proving your earnings before the injury like payrolls will be required in the process of claiming for lost income.
Most public liability claims are settled through payment made by the 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. Regardless of when you are injured, our public liability lawyers can always provide free legal advice.
What are the conditions to meet to make a public liability compensation claim?
1. If the risk of injury was not obvious to you
2. If the injury happened despite your reasonable precaution
3. If you weren’t engaging in a recreational activity where a warning of the risk was given to you
Frequently Asked Questions
It really depends on your circumstances of the accident, whether the insurer admits liability immediately or without having to commence court proceedings and also the extent of your injuries. If your injuries require surgery than your claim may need to wait to ensure that you are not finalising your claim without knowing the success of the surgery. If you resolve your claim it cannot be reopened. It usually does resolve within 1-3 years however it is important to understand that 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 difficult without a strong explanation as to why you failed to commence court proceedings within 3 years.
Yes, can cover cafes, restaurants and catering services who can be held liable by their customers for food poisoning and public liability claims can be made against their insurers.
- Slips and falls due to wet surfaces
- Injuries caused by broken glass
- Burns from hot food and drinks
- Injuries from falling objects
- Injuries from attacks
- Dog bites
- Trips and falls on walkways
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