Public Liability Claims

If you have suffered an injury in a public place or visiting business premises, government premises or other property, or as an independent contractor going about your work, you may very well have a personal injury claim and be entitled to compensation. Just some of the circumstances which may give rise to such compensation are as follows:-

  • Slip and fall accidents, ie. in supermarkets, shopping centres, retail centres and on footpaths;
  • Accidents at private residences;
  • Accidents at schools or in parks or playgrounds;
  • Injuries due to defective or faulty products;
  • Dog attacks;
  • Boat accidents;
  • Injury suffered by an independent contractor on a construction site;

If it can be proven that your injury has resulted from the wrongful or negligent act or omission of another party, then you may be entitled to compensation as follows:-

  • Compensation for pain and suffering and loss of your amenities of life;
  • Loss of earnings (including loss of past and future income and loss of superannuation payments);
  • Medical and rehabilitation expenses you have incurred and are likely to incur in the future;
  • Care costs (including past and future care);
  • Out of pocket expenses;

If your injury occurred on your way to or from work, or during the course of your work, you are most likely entitled to claim workers’ compensation benefits (or Workcover Statutory Benefits as they are also known), whilst you are recovering from your accident injuries.

Such personal injury claims are usually termed “public liability claims” or PIPA claims as they are governed by the provisions of the Personal Injury Proceedings Act 2002 (also known as “PIPA”) in Queensland. To pursue your public liability or PIPA claim and to ensure it is protected, you must comply with the procedural provisions as stipulated in the Personal Injuries Proceedings Act 2002. AMK Lawyers have a team of personal injury lawyers who specialise in PIPA claims and can guide you through the legal processes involved in such claims and which must be complied with in order for you to protect and pursue any compensation entitlements you may have under such legislation and at Common Law.

Information You Should Obtain Following your Accident

We’re happy to talk you through this but in summary here are some considerations and requirements for those wishing to make a public liability claim:

  • Take photographic evidence of the injured part, the cause of the injury or the place where it occurred
  • See a GP immediately and inform him or her about the cause of your injury
  • Ensure that everything is well documented and keep hold of all medical records and bills for consultations
  • If you’ve received an injury from an object, then try to take possession of the object so that you can use it as evidence

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