Public Liability Insurance Disputes

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What is Public Liability?


If you have sustained injury, loss and damage as result of an incident occurring in a public place, such as at someone's house, in a shopping centre or on a building site etc., as result of another person's negligence, then you may be entitled to seek compensation against that person.

In NSW, such claims are governed by the Civil Liability Act and there have been a lot of changes in this area of law over the last few years. Now you must prove fault before you are eligible for any compensation. The legislation also imposes medical thresholds in respect of claims for pain and suffering.

Public liability is part of the law of tort which focuses on civil wrongs. An applicant (the injured party) usually sues the respondent (the owner or occupier) under common law based on negligence and/or damages. Claims are usually successful when it can be shown that the owner/occupier was responsible for an injury, therefore they breached their duty of care. 

The duty of care is very complex, but in basic terms it is the standard by which one would expect to be treated whilst one is in the care of another.

Once a breach of duty of care has been established, an action brought in a common law court would most likely be successful. Based on the injuries and the losses of the applicant, the court would award a financial compensation package.


If fault is established, our public liability lawyers can assist you in receiving other entitlements such as economic loss and treatment expenses, domestic assistance and superannuation losses.

At Veritas Law Firm, our experienced public liability lawyers can help by providing the right legal advice to achieve maximum compensation for you. Contact a member of our friendly team today on 131 LAW (529) for a free first consultation.

Theresa Armstrong
Michael Short