Do you have grounds to claim public liability for an injury?

Published by Marshall & Gibson Lawyers on the 27 January 2017

If you've recently been involved in an accident that's caused you bodily harm, you probably have a lot of issues you need to address. First and foremost, there's the matter of recovering physically. But beyond that, you're also probably worried about getting back on track with work and managing your finances. It's a lot to digest.

The good news is that a capable lawyer might be able to get you some help. If your injury occurred in a public setting, you may well have a legitimate claim to public liability - in other words, the establishment where the incident happened might be partially to blame. Examine the circumstances of your injury and find out if maybe this applies to you.

What is public liability, anyway?

If you've been injured, you might not know right away whether you're entitled to claiming any public liability, so it's good to read up on the terminology and understand how that process works. According to the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, public liability comes into play whenever an establishment has been negligent and that negligence has caused "reasonably foreseeable harm."

This could come in many forms. It might be a supervisor telling an employee they're doing well when in fact, their struggles are creating an unsafe work environment. It might be negligence towards fire safety that leads to property damage. All different sorts of mistakes might lead to liability.

Taking note of all the details

If you're preparing to file a claim that says you're entitled to public liability compensation, you need to be armed with all the relevant information first. Public Liability Comparison advises that immediately upon sustaining an injury, you should begin taking notes that might bolster your claim later.

This includes noting the date, time and location of any injuries that occur. You should also estimate the severity of your injuries and any other damages, plus what could have been done to prevent those losses.

Find out if you're really eligible

There are a range of different scenarios in which you might be eligible for compensation after an injury. All sorts of establishments are potential locales for such a claim, including stores, hotels, schools, parks and office buildings.

If you've had an injury, it's absolutely worth taking the time to find out what sort of payment you might be entitled to. Talk immediately with the experts at Marshall and Gibson Lawyers to find out more about this process.

Call us today on 1800 675 417 or send us an email for your free, no obligation case evaluation by one of our expert compensation lawyers.