Public Liability Claims


We are personal compensation lawyers for public liability claims in Tasmania. If you sustain an injury in any public place, there may be an option for you to pursue a public liability claim for compensation. You may have sustained your injury in a place controlled by a private person/entity (for example, a supermarket) or a government authority (for example, on a council-controlled footpath or playground). You will need to show that your injury happened because of someone else’s negligence.

What types of incidents may lead to a public liability claim in Tasmania?

There is a variety of incidents leading to injury, where a public liability claim can be made. The below list is not exhaustive but does give you an idea on the types of claims possible.

  • Children’s playground accidents;
  • Dog attacks;
  • Slips and falls at private residences;
  • Slips and falls in a public place (for example, a supermarket or shopping centre);
  • Boating accidents;
  • Sports field accidents;
  • Schoolyard 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 Tasmania?

  1. Seek medical treatment;
  2. Notify the owner/occupier of the premises or relevant local authority if in a public place;
  3. Complete an incident report (once medically fit to do so);
  4. Take photographs and/or video of the incident location;
  5. Request any available CCTV footage be preserved;
  6. Keep records of required treatment and expenses incurred;
  7. Seek expert and experienced legal advice as soon as possible.

What compensation is available with a public liability claim?

  1. General damages (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).

Hall Payne knows that when you have 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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