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Public Liability Claims

Many accidents occur away from home. You could be injured anywhere, in a public place, such as a park or a public square, or even on private property such as in a shopping centre. If the accident in which you have been injured was caused by negligence, you may be entitled to bring a claim for slip and fall compensation.

Seymour Furlong Lawyers are personal injury lawyers, we provide expert advice to people like you from our offices in Brisbane, Forest Lake, Coolum and Mount Gravatt. We will let you know where you stand and are able to take you through the public liability insurance claims process from start to finish.

Am I Able to Make A Slip And Fall Accident Claim?

Many people think that in order to claim, their accident has to occur on public property. However, the word ‘public’ in the term ‘public liability’ actually refers to members of the public, not simply ‘public place’. If you can prove that a duty of care is breached through negligent action, then you can seek a public liability claim for compensation, regardless of whether your accident occurred on public land or private property.

It isn’t the case that accidents are simply a part of modern life and, if you’re injured due to the negligence of someone else in a public place or on private property, you should speak to us about a public liability claim as soon as possible. Our experienced personal injury lawyers specialise in public liability claims and can help you understand your legal rights.

Whether or not you’re able to make a public liability claim will depend on the exact circumstances that surrounded your accident. Each claim is unique and will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Should you have significant evidence (such as photos or videos) that prove negligence or a failure to provide a duty of care, then you will usually be able to make a claim.

Whether or not you’re able to make a public liability insurance claim can also be influenced by your physical injuries or psychological damage.

Where Can I Get Injured and Lodge a Public Liability Claim?

Public liability claims can be brought after a wide variety of accidents, including slip and fall accidents. This includes but is not strictly limited to:

– Falls at shopping centres

– Falls on footpaths or in car parks, including slips, trips and falls

– Assaults or accidents or injuries that occur in hotels, clubs or entertainment venues

– Sporting and recreational injuries

– Defective or faulty products

– Physical and/or sexual assaults

– School based injuries

– Dog attacks

– Boating accidents

– Injury at a gym or recreational facility due to malfunctioning equipment

– Fall on stairs, verandas or balconies due to poor lighting or maintenance

If you have suffered an accident on public property or on private land but it is not covered on the list above, this does not mean that you cannot lodge an accident injury claim. Please contact us to discuss your case with one of our specialist public liability claim lawyers.

What Do Accident Compensation Claims Allow Me to Claim For?

If you lodge an accident compensation claim, you are able to claim for losses that have occurred as a direct result of the accident. These losses include:

– Pain and suffering – if you injured yourself and the recovery process was lengthy and painful

– Rehabilitation – any costs incurred from undergoing rehabilitation to recover from the accident

– Past and future treatment expenses – this covers any expenses as a result of the accident, including any future treatments or operations you may require in order to make a full recovery

– Loss of income – this includes any income you have lost to date plus any future income you may lose as a direct result of the accident

– Assistance with daily living – such as if you’ve had to pay for a cleaner or a dog walker because you’ve been unable to carry out activities in your daily life that you otherwise would have undertaken. 

Public liability insurance claims are generally governed by the terms of the Personal Injuries Proceedings Act and as such, there are certain steps that need to be taken to ensure a person’s rights are fully protected. There are also a number of legislative provisions that you’ll need to comply with in order for a claim to proceed. That’s why as part of the public liability claim process it is so important to seek experienced legal advice from a lawyer specialising in slip and trip claims. 

If you’re considering lodging a public liability claim, you should seek legal help as quickly as possible. At Seymour Furlong Lawyers in Forest Lake, Brisbane, our personal injury lawyers have helped people who have been injured in accidents that occurred in public places and provide up-to-date advice. If you have been injured and think you may be entitled to claim public liability compensation, we can advise you and assist you through the claims process. Contact us today to arrange a consultation with a No Win No Fee public liability lawyers. 

Are There Public Liability Claim Time Limits for Injury Compensation Claims?

If you are injured in Queensland, there are strict time limits that apply to making a personal claim. If you’re making a claim for an injury (or injuries) as part of a public liability claim, then you must notify the party that you consider them to be at fault within nine months of the injury occurring or within one month of your consultation with an accident lawyer, whichever of these is the earliest.

These time limits are incredibly strict as they’re set by statutory law, so if you miss these time limits, you’ll have to provide a very good reason why your claim should proceed.

How Much Money Will I Receive for my Personal Injury Claim?

The amount of money you will receive for your personal injury claim will vary based on a range of factors. For this reason, there’s no set payout amount for each injury, as it will depend on how that injury impacted on you. The amount of money you will receive will depend on the impact the injury had on you specifically. In assessing a public liability compensation payout, the factors that will be considered include:

– Your age

– The injuries you sustained

– Your employment status

– Your occupation

– The circumstances surrounding the injury

– Your health at the time of the injury

– Your pre-injury lifestyle.

Before you sign any documentation or respond to any settlement offer you may be sent, you should speak to a public liability lawyer about your rights and find out where you stand legally. Contact Seymour Furlong Lawyers to arrange a consultation with a personal injury lawyer today.

Frequently Asked Questions

You should speak to Seymour Furlong personal injury lawyers about your public liability claim as soon after the accident as is possible. Once you have instructed us on your claim, we can ensure that all deadlines are met, as the public liability claim process continues.

If your ability to earn an income to support yourself or your family is reduced due to an accident or injury, then you’re entitled to proper compensation in order to support yourself financially.


To calculate present and future economic loss, a court will look at the future for that person if the incident hadn’t occurred and will then compare that to what their income has been since the accident and what it is likely to be in the future. The difference between these two figures will be the basis for the compensation offered.

To calculate present and future economic loss, a court will look at the future for that person if the incident hadn’t occurred and will then compare that to what their income has been since the accident and what it is likely to be in the future. The difference between these two figures will be the basis for the compensation offered.

You could be eligible for slip and trip claims compensation even if your injuries were not directly caused by the organisation (or an individual) your claim is against.

For example, if you slip on a spilt drink in a supermarket, you can still claim slip and fall compensation against the supermarket even if another customer spilt the drink. This is because that supermarket owes you a duty of care while you shop there and is responsible for creating a safe environment for you to shop in. If a worker ignores the spill or there isn’t a system in place for preventing slippages, then the supermarket may be liable. Contact us – Seymour Furlong Lawyers to discuss your claim and get expert legal advice from our personal injury lawyers.

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