If you have been injured in a public place such as a shopping centre, you may be entitled to claim Public Liability compensation from the property owner. Hoffmans Lawyers is the trusted team to turn to for all public liability matters in Perth. Whether you are unsure of your rights following a public injury, or need help in ensuring you receive fair compensation, we can assist. We have answered some commonly asked questions about Public Liability below, but for any further information, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
What are Public Liability claims?
People can suffer serious injury whilst they are in a public place. For example, slipping in a shopping centre on dropped food. In some circumstances the injured person can be compensated for the injuries. These types of occurrences are called “Public Liability” claims.
Are there any restrictions on Public Liability Claims?
At present, public liability claims may be covered by the Civil Liability Act 2002. This act of Parliament may restrict an injured person claim for certain types of compensation. For example, claims for pain and suffering may be restricted to a “deduction” of $12,500.00. Hoffmans will be able to advise you what types of restrictions apply to your case.
Requirements to establish a claim
Legal common law is used to determine if the circumstances constitute negligence. Determining if negligence happened is imperative to establishing your claim. We will also look at the type of injury
What is negligence?
Negligence is the “carelessness” that leads to an injury. It occurs when someone fails to do something that an ordinary person would do in a similar situation. The person must owe you a “duty” in order to be responsible.
How much is my claim worth?
Each claim will have a different value. It will depend on the circumstances. Hoffmans will be able to give you an estimate after discussing your claim with you.
Do I have a claim?
Hoffmans will have to work with you to get an outline of the facts related to the circumstances and injury. Once we have consulted with you we will be able to advise you on the merits of your case and possible entitlements to damages.
When will the claim be resolved?
The amount of time required to resolve a claim varies. Hoffmans will make sure that all areas are carefully examined so that you can receive the damages you deserve. After a consultation with one of our lawyers, we will be able to give you an estimate.
How will my claim be resolved?
Your claim can be resolved in court, but it can also be resolved informally or at a pre-trial conference.