The process for making a public liability claim can be lengthy and exhausting, which is why it is important to lodge your claim as soon as it arises. In this article, we’re taking a look at public liability claims and the processes behind them.
What is a Public Liability Claim?
Any business or public space has a duty of care to the people who travel through their premises, making them liable for any accidents or personal injuries that occur there. Most businesses are, at least partially, covered by public liability insurance.
The most common forms of injury claims include those that occur in parks, rental premises and private buildings. These injuries could be caused by animal attacks, falls, amusement rides, recreational sports, food poisoning, and physical or sexual assault.
The Public Liability Claim Process
If you have been injured in a public space, you may be able to claim compensation for your medical expenses and the effect that your injury has had on your life. The process of claiming your injury generally follows this order:
- An initial conversation where an attorney hears your story
- A signed agreement to understand the ins and outs of the process and any costs involved
- The initial case documentation will be drafted and lodged
- Up to 9 months of case building and analysing evidence
- A few months of negotiation aimed at reaching a settlement
- An optional court case proceeding
- Completing the settlement and all payment finalisation
Why You Should Act as Quickly as Possible
If you are eligible to lodge a public liability claim, you should be in contact with a professional injury lawyer immediately. There is a strict time frame for these kinds of injury claims and after three years, a claim will not be accepted.
Despite having three years, it is wise to undertake legal action as soon as possible because the complicated claims process often takes more time than anticipated.
Collecting sufficient evidence can help maximise compensation and can take some time to collect. Having photos and recent medical certificates will help your case and can be exceedingly difficult to gather if you have waited too long after the accident. The sooner you lodge a claim, the sooner you may be compensated for your medical expenses, costs for care and lost income.
Legal Services for Public Liability Claims
Public liability claims can be contested by property owners or any other parties that may be involved. Expert injury lawyers are the optimum choice for exploring your legal avenues and claiming compensation.
Your injury lawyer will ensure every aspect of the case is reviewed and every insurance avenue is explored to a standard that cannot be met by self-representation or general law practitioners.
If you believe that you are eligible to lodge a public liability claim, speak to one of the Injury Law experts at Brisbane Injury Lawyers online or call 07 3188 5800.