If you are injured by someone else’s negligence, then you can take action against them for compensation or damages.
These claims are generally referred to as “Public Liability” claims.
It is very difficult to bring these types of claims without legal assistance.
For example, it is important to find out, as early as possible, whether the person who injured you is covered by insurance and, if not, whether they have the financial means to pay any award of damages.
Public liability claims include situations such as:
- dangerous or slippery floors or stairs which cause you to trip, slip or fall;
- dangerous, unguarded building or construction sites;
- dog or other animal attacks;
- other dangerous situations which cause injury.
In fact, almost any injury under any circumstances caused by someone else’s negligence can constitute a public liability claim.
In these claims, it is crucial to investigate the issue of liability (who is at fault) as early as possible because, unlike other types of injury claims, often no real record is made of the incident.
As in the case of motor vehicle accidents, if you can prove negligence, then you can claim for:
- pain and suffering;
- past and future loss of income;
- medical expenses including travel etc;
- assistance required because of the injuries or disabilities