Have you been injured in a public place?

Mar 7, 2023 | Publication

You may be eligible to make a public liability claim if the party responsible for your injury has been negligent by owing you a duty of care and thereafter breaching that duty of care.

These types of claims can occur in places like shopping centres, walk-ways, commercial buildings, parks, residences and many more. They can even include circumstances where you have been injured by someone’s pet or during one’s participation in a recreational activity.

In an obligation free consultation, we can assist you in understanding whether there was a duty of care and whether that duty has been breached pursuant to the Civil Liability Act 2002. The test is whether it was reasonably foreseeable that someone could sustain an injury and whether reasonable and necessary steps had been taken to prevent the injury from occurring.

If you are successful in a public liability claim, you may be entitled to compensation for damages which may include past and future wage loss, past and future treatment expenses, pain and suffering, and domestic assistance. We recommend that you keep a documented record of all losses inclusive of invoices and receipts. We will also assist you to obtain the relevant evidence to support your claim.

A lump sum payment is usually made by a public liability insurer with most matters settling before going to a Court Hearing.

Contact McAuley Lawyers to speak to an experienced compensation lawyer today.


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