Public Liability Claims Slips and Trips

Accident injury compensation can apply to road accidents, workplace accidents or a slip trip or fall in a public place. Public place accidents are also known as public liability claims.

Public liability cases can happen anytime and anywhere. They may occur in workplace premises, supermarkets, shops, shopping centres, gyms, swimming pools or on a public footpath.

If you have suffered a slip trip or fall in a public place it is extremely important to get independent advice. You may obtain advice quickly and easily at no cost from an injury helpline such as the Australian injury Helpline. An injury helpline offer services that include free information, fact sheets forms and a referral service to recommended no-win-no-fee solicitors. Call 1300 188 784.

Where there has been a slip trip or a fall in a public place there is a strong possibility negligence is involved. Negligence must be clearly proven and established. A strong case will need to be built for the negligence claim or common law claim to be successful.

Here are some KEY things to remember;-

  • Take photos of the location. This is critical in showing where and why you slipped. It will be a great help to your solicitor to support your claim.
  • After you have taken photos, you MUST report the matter to the premises manager. For example the shopping centre manager or local Council must be made aware of the injury to prevent any further trip slip and falls from occurring.
  • Gather as many witnesses as you can and collect their contact details. Witnesses can prove very valuable to support your claim.
  • Gather information on any previous similar incidents in the same place.

Establishing negligence is not easily done and it’s a lawyers place to investigate. An insurance company may do their own investigation, but with their own interests in mind. An insurer is not looking to build a case for the injured person but to build a case against a large insurance claim arising.

It is recommended never to accept an offer of compensation from an insurance company until you have received a second opinion first. It is not up to the insurance company to ensure you get everything to which you are entitled, for this is the job of a solicitor. Once you have accepted an offer of compensation it may mean the end of your claim and the end of your rights to a future claim.

Your entitlements to compensation in a slip, trip or fall may depend on a number of variables;

  • Where the injury took place – i.e. which Australian State or Territory
  • Why the injury happened – all the surrounding circumstances
  • Whether negligence can be clearly proven
  • Whether negligence was full or partial
  • Whether the slip trip or fall happened on the way to or from work

There is a general duty of care that must be demonstrated to ensure a place is safe for the general public. By law if an occupier or owner of premises is negligent a person is entitled to injury compensation.

Examples of typical public liability claims;

  • Injuries caused by slips trips and falls on a uneven public footpath
  • Injuries caused by broken tiles in a public swimming pool
  • Faulty equipment in a gym
  • A slip, trip or fall in a supermarket or shopping centre due to wet slippery floors
  • Items falling on people unexpectedly

If you have suffered a slip, trip or fall in a public place it is best to seek medical advice straight away. Even if you don’t think your injury is too bad. It is wise to seek medical advice on how to manage your injury and have you thoroughly examined by a professional. To make a claim contact us or call 1300 188 784.

The Do’s and Don’ts for Injury Compensation and Negligence Claims

You need to know your rights to injury compensation. As our roads get busier the chances of suffering a road accident is increasing due to negligence. Many drivers, passengers and pedestrians who are injured in road accidents suffer serious injuries. These injuries are usually at the fault of another person. If an individual caused an accident even just slightly, they may be considered negligent. Liability can be split between parties or be ‘contributory’.make a claim accident injury compensation lawyer

Establishing negligence is not always an easy task, nor is proving it. As much evidence as possible is required, in order to support any accident injury compensation claim. Supporting documents might include police reports, medical reports, witness statements and so forth. An accident injury attorney is able to assess cases of negligence and it‘s wise not to make the call yourself. To get further free advice call 1300 188 784.

Road accident compensation will not only cover damages to your car but you may also be awarded damages for your injuries. In order for you to obtain your full injury compensation entitlements you may require an accident injury lawyer or vehicle injury lawyer. The road accident compensation granted will depend on the seriousness of the accident and extent of injuries.

Laws across Australia do vary and your entitlements will also depend on where the accident happened. You can contact a national injury helpline such as the Australian Injury Helpline who can connect you with a local specialist lawyer or law firm. Accidents can be categorised into different types such as claiming as a car accident as a driver or passenger, a pedestrian accident or a bike accident. Other road accidents may include truck accidents, bus accidents. If you have been injured off the road i.e. in a train accidents or an accident at work you may also have negligence claim entitlements.

You must follow the right procedures in order to ensure your accident injury claim runs smoothly.

Step one:  Get medical attention

The first step is to call an ambulance for urgent medical attention, even if you do not think you are badly injured. Your injuries may be worse then they seem.

Step two: Report the accident

You must report the accident to the police. This is extremely important and you need to do it straight away. Strict time limits apply and these vary between States. Contacting the police is the first legal step and an essential one. For information on time limits in each State call 1300 188 784.

Step three: Request details

Next get the details of the other driver including name, address, phone number, licence number and car rego number.

Step four: Gather evidence

If you are able to, take a photo of the accident spot. Cover areas that show distinct marks of the accident such as skid marks and anything else that may be useful to demonstrate how the accident happened. You can take photos of the damaged cars including the doors and windscreen.

Step five: Gather witnesses

If there are any witnesses to the accident, ask them for their contact details including their name and address. Their statement could prove very valuable to you.

Step 6: Get a thorough medical review

Ensure you receive proper medical attention and follow all advice given. If your symptoms change or your pain gets worse return to the hospital as quickly as possible. If in doubt get a second opinion. Injuries that are serious or long term will need to be closely monitored.

Step 7: Get advice

Contact an Accident Injury Compensation Helpline on 1300 188 784 for an independent review of your claim entitlements. You may require a lawyer to act on your behalf and injury helpline can connect you with a recommended lawyer if required. They may advise you of how to claim, send you claim forms to complete and provide assistance with completing accident claim forms.

Step 8: Lodge a claim

Claim forms must be completed and submitted within a given time frame. Again sooner rather than later is the best approach as you may lose your legal right to claim compensation depending on your State.

Insurance companies can sometimes try to find grounds of not paying. This is why it is best to get independent advice first so you are aware of what to do, what not to do and what your options are. For more information on Accident Injury Compensation and for free advice call 1300 188 784.

Lawyers can be of great benefit

Professional and ethical lawyers who practice law to settle disputes and fight for justice are the norm. Lawyers who save their clients as much grief and stress as possible is a usual and common approach when practicing law.

Lawyers’ styles can vary from plain to flamboyant. Selecting a lawyer could be a difference between several thousands of dollars in compensation. One who charges fairly and reasonably and can settle your case out of court as quickly as possible is ideal. Click here to make a claim or call 1800 245 100.

While winning is important to all lawyers some take things a little too far. With fully vested egos, they charge the highest and draw out a dispute relishing it, then they charge even more dollars.

A predatory lawyers’ passion might be the mind games that follow cases and clients, as well as the outside of courtroom power plays that are true forces for their conduct.

Attorneys do not always get the ‘good guy’ and this is where they have to defend murderers, rapists and so forth. In their fight to win, manipulation and bullying tactics can be showcased. Lawyers who go to any lengths to intimidate the other party or valuable witnesses are both unethical and unprofessional. These types of lawyers give lawyers in general a bad name.

If you have been in an accident on the road, an accident injury attorney might get you a much better financial settlement. They can schedule a long list of items which may be beyond your own eyes.

Insurance companies don’t like paying out. They too are individuals much like lawyers in the sense that they like to win against the claimant. By offering the smallest payout possible in an accident injury compensation case and getting the claimant to accept it, is their objective. It may not matter that the accident injury sustained is severe, as the insurance company have their own interests in mind. A good lawyer, one that is recommended by the Australian Injury Helpline can help you win against a tough insurance company. Call 1800 245 100 for free advice today.

Lawyers who are ethical and do a good job will put a lot of effort and thought into the preparation of your claim, as this is key. Making sure all past, present and future losses are considered and making sure you are assessed by independent medical practitioners are all part of the service. An accident injury attorney who is worth his or her weight in gold will have a high success rate and settle your case out of court successfully. The lawyers recommended by the Australian Injury Helpline are hand selected and they take cases on a no win no fee basis. This means it won’t cost you anything to engage a lawyer to fight your claim. In some States in Australia there is absolutely no charge, as all costs are covered by the insurance company concerned. Any legal fees and costs are only payable when you have received your payout. Even if legal fees are payable, an injury compensation payout is significantly higher when an accident injury lawyer prepares and negotiates your claim.

Avoiding Road Rage and a Possible Car Accident Injury

road Rage accident injury compensationUnfortunately there is a lot of aggression on our roads today. Hot tempered drivers are hazardous. Car chasing and cutting other drivers up can cost lives. Even women are jumping in on the act. Just last month we saw a gang of young women smashing up a car using car jacks and a saucepan in the Northern Territory. In February a man was repeatedly stabbed in the southern Sydney suburbs.

So how can we avoid road rage incidents and car accident injury and keep cool behind the wheel?

Driving safely and considerately

Being a considerate and careful driver goes without saying. Nice gestures such as letting people out or changing lane if someone is in a rush can assist and such rage to pass you by. If you are a nice thoughtful driver you may not ever be targeted. Of course this is not always the case.

Keeping calm yourself

Taking deep breaths and listening to soothing music such as classical music can keep you relaxed on the road. Deep breathing in traffic jams can reduce your stress levels.

Avoid driving when tired

Being tired not only affects your concentration levels but it can also make you react emotionally to situations. For example if someone beeps their horn at you, it may annoy you more than it would normally.

Avoiding negative interaction

If someone wants to act angrily towards you there is no need to retaliate. You never know what a person will do and what they are capable of. If they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs keep any interaction short and to the point. If they are shouting, speak calmly back to them without showing fear.

Techniques for keeping cool behind the wheel

There are many techniques for keeping cool behind the wheel. Music is a big mood setter and soft gentle music can be relaxing. If you are stuck in traffic and feeling frustrated clearing your mind and breathing deeply can also be a great help. Breathing in for ten seconds, holding it for ten seconds and then breathing out for ten seconds can prove very relaxing.

If you have children in the back of the car they can sometimes be distracting especially if there is a disagreement. To avoid arguments you can provide them with books to read and small toys to play with. When driving long distance, a portable DVD player is a great source of entertainment.

On road games such as ‘Eye Spy’ and ‘Spelling’ can keep the children calm and entertained. If they are relaxed then there is a good chance you can be a more relaxed driver.

If you experience an accident injury as a result of road rage, you and your passengers may have injury compensation entitlements. Report the incident to the police and discuss the accident with an accident injury attorney.

Three Worst Mistakes You Can Make Regarding Accident Injury Compensation

Common Accident Injury Compensation Mistakes

There is nothing worse than suffering a serious accident and watching your rights and entitlements to accident injury compensation disappear before your very eyes all because of what might be a simple mistake.

Just a simple mistake can set you back sending you up a creek without a paddle. This is the last thing you need after suffering injuries. Some injuries once settled become permanent and this can affect your life in many ways.

Accident injury compensation may be your legal right but unless you are in the know in terms of what to do, you may as well be kissing goodbye to these rights. The purpose of accident injury compensation is to reimburse you for losses and expenses enabling you to invest time in rehabilitating instead of worrying about money.

Knowledge is key; what not to do!

Be aware of the worst mistakes you can make to avoid losing your legal rights to accident injury compensation.

Mistake number one: Not reporting the injury or accident

Whether you have had an accident at work, on the road or in a public place it has got to be reported to the appropriate people. If you suffered an injury at work you must notify your employer. If you have been involved in a car accident or have suffered an injury as a driver, pedestrian or as a passenger you need to report the incident to the police. There are different laws across Australia in each State or Territory but most road accidents have to be reported within 28 days.

Mistake number two: Failing to seek medical attention

All injuries need to be documented and medical attention received immediately following an accident. Even if you think you are ok, a thorough examination is necessary for health reasons and if injury compensation is likely to be sought.

If you suffer an injury and continue on as if nothing has happened how do you know that injury will heal? You don’t. Men in particular are slack when it comes to visiting the doctor. This complacency will not assist with an accident injury compensation claim.

You cannot make a claim three months after an accident and then exclaim an existing injury is as a result of an accident that occurred in the past. There may be a lack of evidence between the incident and the injury and this will affect your ability to claim.

Mistake number three: Failing to get independent information

Your employer or work compensation insurer i.e. Workcover (or other workers comp insurer) may offer statutory benefits but not give out further information on non-statutory rights to claim. If you have been involved in a car accident, the insurance company involved won’t advise you of your rights to claim. Insurance companies have an objective to minimise payouts as it is in their best interest to do so.

Never accept an injury compensation payout until you have received a second opinion by an independent organisation. Once accepted that may be the end of your claim and the end to all your future rights to claim further injury compensation.

Independent information can be obtained from an accident injury compensation helpline. Click here to contact us or call 1300 188 784.

The hidden benefits of car accident lawyers

Car Accident Lawyers – how you can benefit

You have been injured in a car accident or other accident on the road as a driver, passenger or as a pedestrian you may have entitlements to accident injury compensation. Call 1300 188 784 for free accident advice.

So what do you do if you have been involved in a car accident? Well, firstly, the laws in each State and Territory of Australia are different. This means your entitlements to accident injury compensation will depend on where your injury happened.

If you have been involved in an accident there are correct procedures to follow so you do not affect your rights to make a claim and entitlements to accident injury compensation.

What is the best thing to do?

The best action you can take to save you time, heartache and get some peace of mind is to contact an independent organisation such as the Australian Injury Helpline. Call 1300 188 784.

By being in the know, you will feel more confident with the process and how it works. You will also be made aware of your entitlements and rights.

You will be informed with what to do and what not to do. You will be told about the timings and options you have at each stage of the accident injury compensation claims process.

If your injury is serious you will need to discuss your claim with a car accident lawyer. If you would like a free case review, call 1300 188 784 and you will be connected with a lawyer who has the right expertise. These accident injury lawyers are specialist solicitors in your State or Territory and have been hand-selected by the Australian Injury Helpline.

One very important thing to be aware of is the strict time limits for reporting an accident and for lodging a claim. Click here to find out what you can claim.

It is very important to get advice straight away following an accident. If you do not take action within a given time frame, you may miss out on accident injury compensation that legally and rightfully belongs to you.

A car accident injury lawyer will assist in fighting for your rights and setling your injury compensation claim ensuring your payout is maximised.

Accident injury lawyers or a vehicle injury lawyer can make a big difference to the outcome of your accident injury compensation claim by negotiating the best possible settlement.

Call 1300 188 784 to be connected with an auto accident lawyer or car accident lawyers for a free case review or click here to contact us.

Car Accidents; the Nightmare Has Only Just Begun

Car accidents are a nightmare. Despite the fact that you are likely to be in shock or worse seriously injured, you do need to follow the right procedures the whole way through from the very beginning. Following protocol is extremely important.

Reporting the incident to the police, seeking medical attention and lodging a claim are all procedures that need to be followed. These procedures usually need to be completed within a given time frame so you don’t jeopardise your insurance claim.

Insurance companies can also be a difficult to deal with, to say the least. If you have been injured in a car accident and your injury is serious or permanent, it is extremely wise to seek legal advice. You may be entitled to thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation. In this case, an accident injury lawyer will negotiate the best settlement (car accident injury claim) for you.

If you have a large insurance claim, a car accident lawyer (or accident injury lawyer) can prepare your claim and fight for everything you are entitled to. If you choose to deal with the insurance company directly yourself, there is a good chance they will offer you the lowest possible payout.

By engaging an accident injury lawyer to obtain your accident injury compensation, there is a good chance you will maximise your accident injury compensation payout.

When you have been injured, fighting a battle is probably the last thing you want to do. Mustering up the energy to get advice and possibly a vehicle injury lawyer involved to fight your claim, is advised. An auto accident lawyer will take care of everything so you can focus your attention on what is really important “getting well”.

Compensation for pain and suffering is usually awarded when the other driver was at fault. The amount of accident injury compensation will depend on a number of different factors. Every case needs to be assessed individually and an auto accident lawyer can offer a free case review. The main factors for determining accident injury compensation include:

  • Where your accident happened i.e. which State or Territory
  • Whether or not the injury is permanent
  • How severe the injury is and what the level of impairment is
  • Whether or not negligence was involved either fully or partially

Seek advice by contacting an accident injury compensation helpline. The services offered include a free case review and free referral to a recommended specialist accident injury lawyer.

Strict time limits do apply so make contact today and get the right information and guidance.

Car accident lawyers – are they really worth it?

The general consensus is car accident lawyers can be extremely valuable particularly if an injury is serious and results in a permanent injury. Involving car accident lawyers from very early on is best as all aspects of the claim will be considered.

Different laws across Australia make it difficult for an injured person to know what their rights are. A specialist lawyer, such as a car accident lawyer will be able to advise you of your entitlements. Contact the Australian Injury Helpline on 1300 188 784 to arrange free legal advice with a car accident lawyer or vehicle injury lawyer.

For example, in some parts of Australia accident injury compensation is awarded when the other driver is at fault. In other parts, depending on where you live it may be awarded regardless of who was at fault

There are all sorts of thresholds that apply which will determine your entitlements.

Speaking with a car accident lawyers you can find out exactly what you can claim. To fight for everything you are entitled to alone can be tough. Dealing with insurance companies can be challenging as it is their job to minimise payouts. A car accident lawyer has your interests at heart and they want to win the best possible results for you.

Car injury lawyers are expert negotiators and will have a far greater chance getting what you are entitled to from the insurer.

By engaging the services of a car accident lawyer you may maximise your insurance claim. For example, you may not even think about some of the things you can actually claim for. Future expenses, such as trips to the physio of chiro and other essential items including medical equipment or materials. Even things like home assistance including cleaning and gardening may also be an expense incurred. You may be entitled to claim for all these items. A car accident lawyer will ask you all the right questions and establish a list of claim entitlements.

The next important question is – how can you find a good car injury lawyer?

The Australian Injury Helpline a free referral service to reputable law firms. They only select law firms who have a high success rate of settling cases out of court. They also work with specialists who are of the right size so all their clients receive a personalised service. Call 1300 188 784 today and be connected with a specialist solicitior.

Crash victims right to thousands in accident injury compensation

Car crash victims are quite often unaware of their entitlements to accident injury compensation. Dealing directly with an insurer means they will most likely offer you the lowest possible payout. So the question is “What can you do?” to make sure you get everything to which you are entitled to under the laws in the State or Territory in which the motor vehicle accident occurred.

Well the first thing to do is to follow all the correct procedures and this includes speaking to the right people which may include a specialist solicitor. Here is a step by step process to follow when you have been involved in a car accident.

Gather information

Gather as much information as possible. This includes full contact details of the other drivers involved and any witnesses. Also try to obtain police reports and witness statements if possible. In order to claim for accident injury compensation the incident MUST have been reported to the police. Report the incident immediately if you haven’t done so already

Seek medical attention

Seek medical attention right away. You may think you are ok but proper examination is a must. Some injuries like whiplash are not felt straight away. Documenting all medical treatment is required, even to the extent of keeping a daily dairy of how you feel, what treatment you had that day, and where you had the treatment. When it comes to accident injury compensation claims the more information to support your claim the better. Documenting all your medical examinations is necessary to support your insurance claim.

Lodge a claim

There are strict time limits that apply to lodging a claim. It is important to do so straight away. If you need forms or advice on how to complete the forms you can contact the Australian Injury helpline who offer free services to accident victims. Find out what you can claim and how to make a claim by calling the Accident Injury Helpline on 1300 188 784.

Speak to a lawyer

It can be hard to find a good lawyer and is best to seek advice from one who is recommended and a specialist in your type of claim and under the laws in the State or Territory of injury. The Australian Injury Helpline (1300 188 784) offer a free information service to injured victims and also a free referral service to specialist solicitors. Solicitors are hand selected and recommended based upon success rates and level of personalised services.