Public liability claims cover a wide range of accidents that occur both in public places and on private properties – including those at private residences.

If you have sustained an injury in a public place, as a result of an accident, you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim.
In the event that you have been injured in circumstances other than a motor vehicle accident (which was caused by the fault of another driver), or a workplace accident (where your employer is solely at fault), then it is more than likely that any claim you may be entitled to bring would be considered a public liability claim.

If you are considering making a claim, it will put you at ease that we run every case at Gouldson Legal under our No Win, No Fee Guarantee. This way we can focus on getting you your best result, while you focus on recovering – without any added financial stress.

What type of incidents are considered public liability claims?

The type of personal injury claims which fall under the public liability claim umbrella are numerous and include instances such as:

  • Slip and fall accidents;
  • Trip and fall accidents;
  • Defective or faulty good claims;
  • Physical and/or sexual assaults;
  • Sporting and recreational injuries;
  • School based injuries;
  • Dog attacks;
  • Injuries sustained whilst working under host-employment or labour hire arrangements;
  • Boating accidents;
  • Accidents at pubs, clubs or other entertainment venues; and
  • Worksite accident claims – against parties at fault other than your employer;

In order for you to make a public liability claim, there needs to be a party ‘at fault’ – this is something that your lawyer will handle for you. If you think that no one is at fault, but you are still injured and unable to work or perform your normal duties, you may be able to submit an Injury Super Claim instead. You can have a look at injury super and the types of injuries and illness this typically covers here.

If the accident has resulted in the death of a loved one, you may be able to make a death dependency claim, if you were dependent on them or acting for someone who is, such as a child.


Public Liability Claim Process in Queensland

Public liability claims can arise in many different ways, such as tripping or slipping in a residential property or a public place (such as a shopping centre, airport or commercial building), having something fall on you, from dog attacks, injuries at schools or through some sporting and recreational activities, or in many other ways.

When looking to commence public liability claims, our lawyers will need to assess whether we can prove fault against the responsible party by showing that they breached their duty of care to you, and can therefore be found liable for causing your injury.
The first step is to talk to one of our expert public liability lawyers to establish if you have a right to claim. If a claim is in your best interests, our lawyer will then talk you through the process in more detail and get your claim underway.


How Public Liability Compensation Gets Calculated in QLD

Throughout your public liability claim, our personal injury lawyers will be gathering evidence to assist us in determining your compensation entitlements.

This will include obtaining medical reports from experts, obtaining evidence which shows the impact your injury has had on your income, obtaining any evidence regarding any past and future care and assistance, as well as medical and rehabilitation expenses associated with your injury.

In calculating your compensation a number of things are considered, including:

  • The pain and suffering associated with your injury;
  • Any past and future loss of income;
  • Any past and future medical and treatment expenses; and
  • Any care and assistance which has been, or may be required.

If you have suffered a public place injury, our lawyers can help you. We specialise in public liability claims and can give you a free, no obligations review of your circumstances.

If you would like to find out more about the possibility of opening a case, fill out a free case review form or give us a call today.


Mobile Public Liability Lawyers

Need a Free Case Review? We come to you, no matter where you are in Queensland.

We understand that you are likely in ongoing pain and struggling with the daily challenges of life post-accident. To ensure the entire legal process is as stress-free as possible, our lawyers will always happily come to you – either at the hospital, your home or a local café – wherever is easiest for you.

If you prefer to meet in one of our offices, you are always welcome at our head office in Brisbane CBD, or you and your lawyer can arrange an appointment at one of our many visited offices.

Give us a call now to set up your free case review.

Common Questions:  

Public Place accidents can occur at a variety of venues such as; school-yards, hotel and nightclubs, amusement venues, private buildings and shopping centres, parks, rental premises, recreational and sporting venues. Claims can be regarding accidents such as; food poisoning, dog attacks, as a result of faulty equipment, fires, slips, trips and falls. Injuries may also be the result of recreational activities such as horse riding, boating and aviation.

If you have sustained an injury at one of these locations or as a result of a listed activity, please contact Gouldson Legal and speak to an expert personal injury lawyer about your claim.

The types of injuries covered by Public Place claims are varied, depending on the location and the type of accident. You can be compensation for any injury that has temporary or permanent consequences, such as; head and neck injuries, hand, arm and finger injuries, leg, foot and toes injuries, sight and hearing loss as well as soft tissue injuries.

You may also claim for brain, back and spinal cord injuries; including those that result in paraplegia and quadriplegia, as well as some psychiatric and psychological conditions.

You are entitled to claim for a range of compensation, including that which addresses your current state and the future implications of your injury. This includes; medical expenses, physiotherapy and rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, loss of wages, care and assistance costs as well as commercial costs such as; lawn mowing, cleaning and maintenance.

As your injury may impact your future quality of life you can also claim compensation for; future medical and rehabilitation expenses, future loss of wages or impact upon your capacity to work, future care and assistance, including future commercial assistance costs.

Gouldson Legal operates on a No Win No Fee basis, as well as offering obligation-free consultations. A qualified Gouldson Lawyer will meet with you, answer your questions and discuss the merits of your claim, for no charge! If you proceed with your claim, you will only be charged if you successfully receive compensation. Our professional fees are charged at a competitive rate, not a percentage of your damages.

Those fees are capped at 30% of your final compensation payout, ensuring you will not be left wanting. If you would like to get this process started, you can do that here.

Every claim is as individual as the person making it. There are many variables with every case that can shorten, or prolong, the time it takes for a decision to be made.

Get in touch with the team at Gouldson Legal to find out what you can do to fast track your claim, today!

This is a question that every client asks! It is also a question that is impossible for any compensation lawyer to answer accurately, at such an early stage. The extent of compensation will depend on the severity of your injury and the impact it has on your circumstances.

This will be an important issue for you, so talk to one of Gouldson Legal’s expert lawyers today – get in quick as strict time limits apply!

Yes. Don’t forget that strict time limits apply to every claim type, including Public Liability Claims so don’t leave it too late.

If you have sustained an injury at one of these locations or as a result of a listed activity or any other activity in relation to which you believe some else’s fault caused or contributed to your injury, please contact Gouldson Legal and speak to an expert personal injury lawyer about your claim.

Where Do I Begin?  

Report the incident as soon as possible to the relevant person in authority (i.e. OHS officer/Manager/Supervisor/local council) of the premises the incident occurred.

We recommend that you write down your statement of how the incident occurred as soon as possible to avoid any difficulties in the future.

Take photographs and sketch a plan of the accident scene to assist you.

If there are any witnesses to the incident, obtain their details so they can be contacted early on to corroborate your version of events.

Contact Gouldson Legal and speak to one of our specialist personal injury lawyers.

They will start the claims process within 48 hours as strict time limits apply.

Ensure you receive regular ongoing medical treatment and advice.

You will need to have medical records to show that your injury is a direct consequence of the incident.

And don’t forget to also look after your emotional health during this difficult time. Visit our Support Groups page for more information.

Expect to receive regular phone calls and correspondence from your Gouldson Injury lawyers, keeping you up to date with how your claim is progressing.

In between phone calls, concentrate on getting better.