Public Liability Claims


We are public liability lawyers in Queensland. If you sustain an injury in any public place, you may be entitled to make a public liability claim for compensation. Your injury may have occurred in a place controlled by a private person/entity (for example, a shopping centre), or a government authority (for example, on a footpath or public park or reserve). If it can be shown that your injury happened because of someone else’s negligence, we can help you with a pubic liability claim.

Types of ‘public liability’ claims which can arise include:

  • School yard accidents
  • Dog attacks
  • Slips and falls at private residences including rental properties
  • Slips and falls in a public place (for example, a shopping centre)
  • Boating (marine) accidents
  • Road accidents
  • Sports accidents
  • Recreational activities (for example, accidents at public pools, rock climbing, sky diving, go-kart racing)

If you’ve suffered an injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, you should seek expert and experienced legal advice as soon as possible.

Contact us to arrange an initial free consultation:  1800 659 114

First steps if you’ve been injured in a public place in Queensland?

First and foremost, if you’ve suffered an injury, you should seek appropriate medical treatment. Once you are able to, and as early as possible, you should also attend to the following:

  • Notifying the owner or occupier of the premises where your injury occurred or the local authority where your injury was on, for example, council property;
  • Complete an incident report;
  • Keep notes of what happened and the interactions you have with the owner/occupier/local authority;
  • Take photos and/or video of your injuries and the location of the incident;
  • Keep records of all your medical treatment and expenses related to your injury;
  • Seek legal advice from a public liability lawyer as soon as possible.

What compensation is available with a public liability claim?

  1. General damages (compensation) for pain and suffering;
  2. Past and future loss of earnings;
  3. Past and future loss of superannuation;
  4. Past and future medical treatment and related costs;
  5. Past and future care (in some circumstances).

Are there time limits for a public liability claim in Queensland?

Strict time limits apply to public liability claims in Queensland. Your entitlement to compensation may be lost if you claim late.

Generally, you will have three years from the date of the incident to pursue a public liability claim. There are additional statutory time limits for giving notice after an incident. In limited circumstances, there may be an opportunity to seek leave of the Court to pursue a claim outside the three year time limit.  Timely legal advice is crucial if you wish to consider lodging a claim.

Hall Payne knows that when you sustain an injury, it is a very challenging time. Financial stress can make the situation overwhelming. You may not be able to work for a period of time which adds further pressure. The sooner a claim is made and accepted, the sooner you’ll receive compensation.

How long will my public liability claim take?

There is no single answer to this question. Each case is different. However, the sooner your claim is finalised, the sooner you can move on with your life. That said, a properly prepared and managed claim can’t be rushed.

Contact us for a free initial consultation with one of our expert public liability compensation lawyers to discuss your claim circumstances.

Contact us to arrange an initial free consultation:  1800 659 114

How much will it cost me to make a public liability claim?

Hall Payne will provide you with a free initial consultation to discuss your injury and the circumstances around it. The circumstances for each public liability claim are unique. We will provide an estimate of legal costs and the likely time frames that will apply to your claim.

If we consider you have reasonable prospects of success, we will act for you on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis.

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