Everything you need to know about Public Liability (including accidents in both public and private places, roadways, footpaths, parks, public areas, school injuries, domestic and rental properties, entertainment venues, hotels as well as machinery injury and defective products) and Other Personal Injury Claims (including death and financial loss for you and your family).
Personal injuries can change your life forever. Pain and suffering aside, you may never be the same physically, socially, mentally and financially. You may be thinking compensation, in which case you should be thinking Splatt Lawyers. We can’t ease your pain, but we are confident we can ease your burden by helping you reach a satisfactory outcome. To this end we provide the following information so that you may have some understanding of your rights and the course your claim will take.
This page provides information about compensation rights and entitlements for accidents and injuries that do NOT involve a motor vehicle or the workplace. Such claims may include public liability, occupiers’ liability, professional negligence, product liability and medical negligence claims against:
- doctors and other health professionals;
- pubs, clubs or hotels;
- supermarkets, shopping centres or other premises;
- local councils or statutory bodies;
- parks, sporting grounds or other recreational spaces;
- and many others.
6 Things You Must Know About Personal Injury Claims
- Time Limits apply. In Queensland personal injury matters you only have three years from the date of accident within which to claim. You also have only 9 months to lodge a ‘Part 1 Notice of Accident Claim Form’ (one month if represented by legal counsel). Pre-court procedures must be completed and your claim may be voided if this is not done within 60 days of holding a compulsory conference. A ‘Part 2 Notice of Claim Form’ is usually completed 2 months after complying with the first.
- Negotiation is not negotiable. You must attempt to resolve the matter out-of-court through negotiation. This process involves holding a compulsory conference and exchanging offers.
- Medico-legal Reports are crucial in a personal injury claim. You should see a specialist once the injury has stabilised.
- The respondent(s) must issue a liability response, admitting or denying responsibility.
- Every attempt should be made to settle out of court.
- You have a duty to: undergo a medico-legal examination, fully cooperate with the respondent(s), provide them with relevant reports, and mitigate your loss.