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Public Liability Claims & Compensation


If you have been injured in a public place, you may be entitled to damages. In Queensland, public place injuries fall under the authority of the Personal Injuries Proceedings Act. Other states and territories have their own legislation in relation to these claims.

Employees who have been injured in the workplace may also need to pursue compensation under the Personal Injuries Proceedings Act. The act applies in cases when a staff member is injured while working for a company to whom they are contracted.

Personal Injury Helpline can help you understand the legal processes involved with public liability claims. Our personal injury lawyers will provide you with advice concerning your chances of recovery and compensation from a public place accident.

What is public liability?

Public liability is a type of insurance. Covering injuries, property damage and even death, it is designed to protect against claims from members of the public. Having public liability insurance is considered essential for business owners.

To make a public liability claim, you will need to prove that the owner of the property contributed to your injury through negligence.

Types of public liability claims

Public place accidents can involve a broad range of accidents and injuries. These are some of the most common types of public liability claims:

  • • Falls
  • • Injuries in public spaces, such as a park
  • • Animal-related injuries
  • • Injuries sustained in amusement venues
  • • Injuries sustained in rental properties
  • • Injuries relating to recreational activities
  • • Injuries sustained on school grounds.

If you are unsure as to whether your injury meets the requirements for a public liability claim, our lawyers can advise you on your legal options.

Who pays the compensation for a public liability claim?

Whether you are taking legal action against a person or company, their insurer will usually pay for any compensation awarded in your public liability claim. This is why businesses and public entities need public liability insurance.

What time limits are involved with public liability claims?

Strict time limits apply to all public liability claims. To avoid losing your entitlement to damages, make your claim as soon as you possibly can. If you delay taking legal action and miss an important deadline, you will need to provide a reason as to why you failed to launch legal proceedings within the required timeframe.

What costs are involved with a public liability claim?

The legal costs of a public liability claim can vary depending on your circumstances. Our personal injury lawyers work No Win No Fee for our clients, so you pay us nothing in the unlikely event that your claim is unsuccessful.

How much compensation am I entitled to when making a public liability claim?

The amount of compensation you can claim will be determined by how much the injury has impacted your life. If you cannot work while recovering and require ongoing care, these factors will need to be considered. Personal Injury Helpline can assist you with placing an accurate monetary value on your injury.

To learn more about making a public liability claim, please contact us on either 1800 HELPLINE (1800 435 754), or alternatively complete the attached contact form and we will call you almost immediately.