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General Compensation Claims

You have the right to be safe in a public place. If you have been injured because someone else didn’t take the right amount of care or has injured you as part of a criminal act, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

Public Liability Claims

Depending on the way that you were injured, you may
have a right to compensation in a Public Liability Claim.

Public liability law covers a wide range of circumstances where you may have been injured, or where someone close to you has died, due to the negligent acts of another person or a company.

Strict time limits apply to bringing general compensation claims.

FAQs

Can I sue the local Council?

If you were injured on land owned or managed by a Victorian local Council you may be able to bring a claim which includes compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses and economic loss. Usually you will need to prove:

  1. The Council has acted or failed to act reasonably when maintaining, inspecting or constructing the area.
  2. The Council knew or should have known of the risk.
  3. You suffered a permanent “significant” injury.
  4. The Council’s failure to maintain, inspect or properly construct the area is a cause of your injuries.
  5. In some situations, the Council may have public policy defences available to them.
  6. That your claim is brought within a strict time limit.
  7. Contact a personal injury lawyer to get legal advice about your claim to make sure that your rights and entitlements are protected.
Can I sue if I slip over at the supermarket?

In order to bring a claim for a fall, trip or slip in the supermarket you will need to prove:

  1. The supermarket has not taken reasonable care for your safety.
  2. You have suffered a permanent “significant” injury.
  3. You would not have suffered the injury if reasonable care for your safety had been taken.
  4. That your claim is brought within a strict time limit.
  5. Contact a personal injury lawyer to get legal advice about your claim to make sure that your rights and entitlements are protected.

Public liability includes a range of circumstances:

  • Injuries in schools and churches including abuse
  • Falls in public spaces;
  • Injuries from poorly maintained equipment, footpaths, bike tracks or public spaces
  • Injuries from dog attacks
  • Residential accidents

Victims of Crime Compensation

If you are the victim of a criminal act, you may be entitled to compensation,
even if the culprit has not been charged or convicted.

Strict time limits apply to bringing general compensation claims.

Victims of crime compensation can include:

  • Special Financial Assistance
  • Medical Benefits
  • Loss of Wages
  • Compensation for stolen items

HOW CAN WE HELP?

With over 30 years combined experience in personal injury law we have the knowledge and insight to get the best outcomes for our clients.

Take the stress out of pursuing a claim and focus on your recovery. We are a compassionate and understanding team with no hidden fees or charges, free initial advice when and where you need it.

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