Public Liability

What is public liability?

Public liability is the duty of care a person or company owning or being responsible for a public area has to ensure it is safe for public use. Businesses should take out public liability insurance policy so they can compensate for any members of the public injured on their premises due to their fault.

If you’ve suffered an injury because of somebody else, we are here to help you take the first steps to claiming compensation. Contact us on 1800 536 752 today for jargon-free, impartial advice on a no win, no fee basis.

What sort of accidents fall under the public liability scheme in Australia?

Public liability covers any incident that has occurred in public places, and even includes slips and falls along badly paved public walking paths. Many slips, trips or falls that do not necessarily occur in a public places are also usually covered. If you’re ever unsure, you can call us for free to receive unprejudiced, unbiased advice on your injury. The public liability scheme in Australia covers most of the following:

  • Injuries in parks or public places such as slips, trips and falls.
  • Injuries in a rental premises e.g rental properties issued by a landlord.
  • Injuries in supermarkets and shopping centres such as slips, trips and falls.
  • Injuries caused by animals for example dog attacks and horse riding accidents.
  • Often schoolyard injuries apply under the scheme.
  • Theme park injuries as a result of malfunctioning equipment. 
  • Recreational and sporting injuries e.g boating accidents.
  • Food poisoning.
  • Physical assaults. 
  • Sexual assaults. 

Who pays the public liability compensation and where does the money come from?

Most of the time, a business will have public liability insurance, meaning the insurance company of the person's business or company that is at fault will pay the compensation. The actual person or the business that is at fault will not have to contribute to the accident at all, depending on the policy they have taken out.

How can I make a public liability claim?

If you have been injured due to a slip, trip, fall or someone else's negligence, in a public place you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Here at Kemp Law we listen to your story and we will answer all your questions and be able to provide you with a detailed explanation of what your options are. We also understand that no two cases are the same when it comes to public liability, meaning the law can often be quite tricky. 

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