The law imposes a duty on certain individuals and service providers to ensure the well being of their patrons. If they fail in this duty, they may be held liable for the injury and loss, which arises from their negligence. The law allows you to make a claim against a service provider or individual if you establish that:
- The person or company owed a duty of care to you;
- That the person or company breached their duty of care. For example, a supermarket must ensure the health and safety of its customers. If a customer slips and falls due to a spill on the floor, this may be a breach of the supermarkets duty of care; and
- That any injuries or disabilities you have suffered result from the breach of duty of care by the person or company.
Public liability covers a large number of situations, including, but not limited to:
- Injuries in parks or other public places (e.g. slips, trips and falls);
- Injuries in rental premises (e.g. landlord/tenant);
- Injuries in private buildings (e.g. shopping centres, night clubs or bars);
- Injuries caused by animals (e.g. dog attacks, horse-riding accidents);
- Back injuries as a result of a fall in public;
- Schoolyard injuries;
- Amusement venue injuries;
- Recreational and sporting injuries (e.g. jet-ski and diving accidents);
- Aviation and boating injuries; and
- Physical assaults.
Public liability is much more than a simple mistake or omission. The law is complex and claims require thorough preparation by an experienced lawyer. It is, therefore, crucial to obtain legal advice sooner rather than later. Call us on 1300 769 665 for a free consultation with one of our lawyers