What Can I Claim Public Liability Compensation For?


Public liability compensation aims to restore you, as much as possible, to the position you would have been in had the injury never occurred. This means you may be able to claim compensation for a wide range of injury scenarios and locations, provided another party's negligence played a role in the accident.

Typical Scenarios for Public Liability Claims

  • Slip and Fall Accidents: Wet floors in supermarkets, trip hazards on footpaths, and uneven surfaces in parks.
  • Transport Accidents: Injuries sustained on public transport or due to collisions with vehicles on public roads.
  • School Injuries: Bullying incidents, playground accidents, or injuries caused by unsafe school premises.
  • Workplace Injuries (as a visitor): Slip and falls, machinery accidents, or accidents caused by workplace hazards while visiting a workplace.
  • Food Poisoning: Contracting illnesses from contaminated food or beverages in restaurants or cafes.
  • Product Liability: Injuries caused by defective or unsafe consumer products.
  • Assault on Commercial Premises: Due to inadequate security arrangements at businesses like nightclubs, bars, or shopping centres.

Locations Where Claims May Be Made:

  • Shopping centres and stores.
  • Streets, footpaths, and cycleways.
  • Parks, sports fields, playgrounds.
  • Schools and childcare centres.
  • Workplaces (if you're a customer or visitor).
  • Hospitals and medical facilities.
  • Public transport (buses, trains, ferries).
  • Hotels, resorts, and motels.
  • Gyms and fitness centres.
  • Amusement parks.

How Personal Injury Lawyers Help

  • Assessment: An injury lawyer will evaluate your case to determine if you have a valid claim and identify the liable party.
  • Investigation: They gather evidence, interview witnesses, and obtain medical records to build a strong case.
  • Negotiation: They negotiate with the liable party's public liability insurer to attempt to reach a fair settlement out of court.
  • Representation: If a favourable settlement cannot be reached, they represent you in court and advocate for the maximum compensation you deserve.

Note: Most personal injury lawyers in Queensland, like Smith's Lawyers, work on a No Win, No Fee, No Catch® basis. This means you'll only pay legal fees if your claim is successful.

The Importance of Seeking Legal Advice

If you've been injured in a public place, it's vital to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. A lawyer can assess your case, help you understand the potential compensation you could be entitled to, and protect your legal rights.

Smith's Lawyers - Your Dedicated Claims Team

At Smith's Lawyers, we're committed to helping people throughout Queensland obtain the compensation they deserve for injuries sustained in public places. Our experienced team will guide you through every step of the process.

Contact us today for a free initial consultation on 1800 960 482. We have offices in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Cairns and Toowoomba and serve all Queensland locations.

Last updated:
May 30, 2024

Disclaimer: This information is designed for general information in relation to Queensland compensation law. It does not constitute legal advice. We strongly recommend you seek legal advice in regards to your specific situation. For help understanding your rights, please call 1800 960 482 or request a free case review to talk to one of our lawyers today.

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