Maximising Damages for Public Liability Claims in Victoria: What You Need to Know

Sha Hotchin
Denise Chan

Public liability claims arise when a person suffers an injury or damage due to the negligence of a third party in a public place. These can include slip and falls in a supermarket, accidents in a public park, or injuries caused by defective equipment at a gym. In Victoria, public liability claims are governed by the Wrongs Act 1958.

If you’ve been injured in a public place due to someone else’s negligence, there are steps you can take to maximise your damages. These include:

  1. Seek medical attention immediately: It’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after your injury, even if you don’t think it’s serious. Not only is this important for your health, but it can also strengthen your case by providing evidence of your injuries.
  2. Gather evidence: Take photos of the scene of the accident, including any hazards that contributed to your injury. Get contact information for any witnesses who saw the accident occur.
  3. Report the incident: Make sure to report the incident to the relevant authorities, such as the store manager or park ranger. This creates an official record of the incident and can help support your claim.
  4. Consult with a personal injury lawyer: A personal injury lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and options, as well as guide you through the claims process. They can also help you gather evidence and negotiate with the other party’s insurance company on your behalf.

When it comes to calculating damages for public liability claims, several factors are taken into account. These can include:

  • The nature and extent of your injuries
  • Your medical expenses, including any ongoing treatment or rehabilitation and care
  • Any lost income or earning capacity as a result of your injuries
  • Pain and suffering, including the impact your injuries have had on your quality of life

In some cases, you may also be entitled to damages for future medical expenses or care needs.

Maximising damages for public liability claims can be a complex process, and it’s important to seek legal advice from an experienced personal injury lawyer. A lawyer can help you understand the potential value of your claim, and work to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.

In conclusion, if you’ve been injured in a public place due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. By taking the right steps, including seeking medical attention, gathering evidence, and consulting with a personal injury lawyer, you can maximise your chances of receiving the compensation you deserve.

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*Disclaimer: This is intended as general information only and not to be construed as legal advice. The above information is subject to changes over time. You should always seek professional advice before taking any course of action.*

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Sha Hotchin
Partner | Accredited Personal Injury Law Specialist VIC
Denise Chan
Senior Associate

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