Accidents in a Public Place
A public liability claim may arise in a wide variety of circumstances where a person suffers injury as a result of the failure of another person, government authority or business operator to take reasonable care for that person’s safety. It is necessary to be able to prove that the injury was caused as a result of the negligence of another although legislation has been passed to eliminate the need to prove fault in some circumstances and to restrict the availability of claims in negligence in others.
Any court proceedings must be commenced within three years from the date of the accident.
The most common form of public liability compensation claims would be against a shopping centre, supermarket or department store; where high volume pedestrian traffic result in injuries from a slip, trip or fall; or food poisoning in areas where there is a food service.
The availability of these claims is governed to some extent by the civil liability legislation.