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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.

You may also be able to obtain compensation as a result of other incidents such as physical assault or dog attacks in a public place or for plane or boating accidents.

If you have suffered an injury as a result of an accident in a public place you may be able to make a claim for compensation for your injuries. Public liability law protects people in a wide range of circumstances, including those injured due to slips, trips and falls in shopping centres, local sporting clubs, schools, residential homes and public parks.

Our Fee Policy in Public Liability

No Win No Fee Personal Injury Lawyers Adelaide | Turner Freeman Lawyers SA

For personal injury claims in the state of South Australia we act for our clients on a No Win-No Fee basis. In other words, unless we are successful in receiving compensation on behalf of the client they will not be charged for the legal work done by our firm or any expenses incurred when investigating the claim. Call 13 43 63 and speak to one of our personal injury lawyers for further information about our No Win-No Fee policy. Conditions do apply.

Our South Australian offices are in Adelaide CBD and Whyalla.

FAQ

Who is entitled to compensation?

Who is entitled to compensation?

Any person who suffers an injury from an accident in a public place or residential premises, and is not at fault for the accident, may be entitled to compensation. This will depend on the circumstances of their accident and the nature of the place where they were injured.

If you were injured in a public place where the occupier (being the person who owns or controls the premises or place) could have been expected to take action to ensure your injuries did not occur then you may be entitled to compensation.

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What compensation am I entitled to?

What compensation am I entitled to?

You will be entitled to compensation for what you have lost as a result of your injuries. The compensation available will depend on the nature of your injuries and your personal circumstances. However, compensation is generally paid for the following:

  • pain and suffering as a result of your injuries;
  • any effect on your capacity to work, both in the past and in the future;
  • the need for care and assistance (both paid and from your friends and family);
  • any out of pocket expenses, including for medical treatment (such as surgery) both in the past and future.

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What should I do if I want to bring a claim?

What should I do if I want to bring a claim?

The first step in bringing a claim for compensation is to ensure your accident was reported, whether that is to the owner or occupier of the place that you were injured or to the police. You should also seek medical attention for your injuries as soon as possible. After this time, a claim should be lodged with the correct insurer.

Locating the correct insurer in these matters can be difficult and we encourage you to seek advice from our specialist lawyers to help you take the first steps in lodging your claim.

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What are the time limits involved?

What are the time limits involved?

It is important to notify the relevant insurer as soon as possible after your accident. After this time, you have three years from the date of the accident to lodge court proceedings.

How long will it take to get compensation?

How long will it take to get compensation?

The length of a claim will depend on the severity of your injuries. Most claims resolve within 18 months to 3 years after the date of the accident, however, it is important to obtain specific advice regarding your injuries and personal circumstances. Delay can often occur because claims cannot be settled until your injuries have stabilised, meaning that your injuries are not likely to get any better or worse in the future.

How much will I be charged?

How much will I be charged?

Turner Freeman operate on a No Win-No Fee basis. You will not be charged for our fees unless your claim is successful and you receive compensation. If you do not receive any compensation we will not charge you for our fees.

What should I do next?

What should I do next?

Contact Turner Freeman on (08) 8213 1000 to arrange a free first appointment with one of our specialist lawyers to obtain advice about your claim.

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