Slip and Fall Accidents – Public Liability

An accident is always unexpected and it usually happens when you least expect it. Brisbane Personal Injury are lawyers that believe that no injury should impact on your life without adequate compensation.

Accidents occur when people slip and fall in shops, in public places or when undertaking recreational activity. Often the person injured is not responsible for the accident.

If this has happened to you, you may have a right to claim compensation

Contact our personal injury lawyers on 1800 632 930 or submit an enquiry online.


Do I have a claim?

Determining whether you have a claim can be complex but we can simplify the process together.

You can claim compensation if it can be established that you were injured by another party and that the party who injured you caused the accident.

We are happy to take instructions and conduct investigations on a no win no fee basis* to determine whether your claim is likely to be successful.

Contact our personal injury lawyers on 1800 632 930 or submit an enquiry online.

What are my time limits?

The Limitations of Actions Act 1974 establishes strict time limits for making a claim for damages for personal injury.

We advise your claim must be commenced within 3 years of the date of the accident. If your claim is not commenced within 3 years of the accident then the Limitations of Actions Act 1974 will prevent you from making a claim for injury stained in the accident.

We advise that persons under the age of 18 years can make a claim for damages for injury stained in an accident up until they turn 21. 

How do I make a claim?

Claims in Queensland are governed by the Personal Injuries Proceedings Act 2002.

The Act requires that if you wish to make a claim for injury sustained in a slip and fall or as a result of a recreation activity, you are required to complete a Notice of Claim Form. The Notice of Claim Form is a sworn document in which you are required to provide details such as your name and address, details about the accident and who you believed caused the accident and why.

The Notice of Claim Form is required to be given to the other party within the earlier of:-

  • 9 months from the date of the accident; or
  • 1 month from the date of seeking legal advice. 

How long will it take?

In our experience it is usually 2 years from the date of the accident before we are in a position to commence negotiations with the insurer about resolving your claim.

We advise that in this period we:-

  • Investigate liability including taking statements from witness;
  • Take statements from you about the impact your injuries are having on your work and social life;
  • Obtain medical reports detailing your injury and their effect on you and your ability to work;
  • Obtain details of your future medical needs and their costs.

We advise the time spent conducting these investigations can vary and often depends on the extent of your injury and recovery from the injury.

Our personal injury lawyers will provide a more accurate timeframe for your particular circumstances at consultation.

Compensation – How Much?

We advise broadly the following "Heads of Damages" can be claimed if you have sustained an injury:-

  • Pain and suffering;
  • Past and Future Medical expenses;
  • Loss of wages and superannuation;
  • Griffiths v  Kerkemeyer  - also known as care and assistance;
  • Special Damages such as equipment required due to your injury eg. wheelchairs, home renovations, work modifications. vehicle modifications and prosthetics.

We advise that there are statutory limits on the entitlement to claim care.

How much does it cost?

We act on a No Win No Fee basis.

You will never receive an account from us unless your claim is successful.*

Do I have to go to court?

There is an extensive pre-court conference process.

This means claims involving slip and fall accidents or injury sustained in recreational activity usually do not go to Court.

At conference or before court we can usually negotiate a settlement of your claim. We keep you fully informed of any settlement negotiations as they are occurring.

In our experience:-

  • over 75% of matters resolves at a Conference;
  • over 95% of matters resolve without going to Court.

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Why choose Brisbane Personal Injury

No Win. No Fee

We act on a No Win No Fee basis. You will never receive an account unless your claim is successful*

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Brisbane Personal Injury is part of MacDonnells Law.

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We assess your claim to determine whether you have a claim worth proceeding.

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Level 12, 200 Mary Street,  Brisbane,  QLD  4000

Tel: 07 3031 9700

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