One of the most common types of personal injury cases in Queensland are slip and fall claims. These claims relate to individuals who have suffered a fall in a public place which gives rise to an injury. While most falls can be relatively innocuous or harmless, sometimes serious injuries can be sustained. When these injuries occur, it can leave the victim financially vulnerable due to treatment and medical expenses and lost wages due to inability to work. To protect these people, Queensland allows these individuals to seek compensation for their losses under a public liability claim.

Slip and Fall

Slip and fall injuries are where a person suffers a fall which gives rise to an injury or impairment. These injuries often occur due to a wet surface or uneven ground causing a person to fall and hurt themselves. The severity of injuries suffered can vary significantly. Injuries can include soft tissue injuries or even full bone fractures.

The Law

The law in Queensland regarding compensation for slip and fall incidents is governed by the Personal Injuries Proceedings Act 2002 (Qld). Under which, individuals must lodge a claim within three (3) years of the incident which gave rise to the injury occurring. However, it is important not to wait to seek legal advice on the prospects of your potential claim. Personal injury lawyers will be able to assist you in gathering accredited evidence that will maximise the compensation you are entitled to, as well as properly advise you of your rights and responsibilities.

Under the law in Queensland, potential claimants also have a duty to mitigate their loss. Mitigating loss includes taking measures to rehabilitate the injury and making efforts to returning to employment. A full breakdown of your responsibilities in regards to the claim process will be explained in your initial consultation with a personal injury lawyer.

Compensation

If you have suffered a slip and fall in a public place there is a range of damages (compensation) that you are entitled to so that you are not punished for the incident financially. Medical expenses including surgeries and GP visits, as well as rehabilitative treatment such as physiotherapy can be claimed back through the process. You will also be entitled to compensation for loss of past income from taking time away from work to recover, as well as future income due to your now reduced capacity to work moving forward. Other damages you may receive include notional amounts for pain and suffering and in some cases, compensation for gratuitous care and assistance.

Time

Most cases involving a slip and fall vary in terms of the time it takes to settle the claim. As a general guide, cases can range from six months to three years. Most cases settle outside of court during mediation and conferences with the relevant public liability insurer. In the very rare instance a matter proceeds to court, you will have full control over whether you wish to continue the claim in court or consider what options are available.

What to do?

If you have suffered an injury as a result of a slip and fall the most important thing you can do is to seek medical attention. The second most important thing you can do is seek the advice of an experienced personal injury lawyer. Once you have spoken to a lawyer you will be aware of what your options and entitlements are. Therefore, if you have suffered an injury contact Littles Lawyers for a free consultation to learn about your rights today.

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