Public Liability Lawyers

Experts in Public Liability Claims Working

Burke Mead Lawyers are experienced public liability lawyers and experts in personal injury law, assisting clients with a range of legal services and professional advice.
Our services are delivered by a team of personal injury law experts, whose experience with public liability claims can assist our clients to resolve personal injury matters quickly.

Public liability is a personal injury matter and there are many types of injuries and circumstances that could lead to public liability claims. To make a public liability compensation claim, you need to have experienced an injury (including physical and psychological injuries) that was caused by the negligence of another individual or business (in a public or private environment) with the exception of motor vehicle accidents or work-related injuries. All public places and buildings (including those used for private purposes, such as rental properties) are required to have public liability insurance.

If you believe you may be entitled to claim compensation, speak with a public liability lawyer as soon as possible – contact Burke Mead Lawyers to book a consultation.

The Benefits of Working with a Public Liability Lawyer

There are many benefits to working with personal injury lawyers experienced in public liability claims. When making a compensation claim, you will need the knowledge and expertise of legal experts who understand the public liability claims process.

Our experienced lawyers specialise in resolving personal injury disputes through mediation and negotiation, and Burke Mead Lawyers are one of the leading personal injury law firms in Newcastle, Central Coast, and the Maitland Hunter Region.

We take a collaborative approach to understanding your unique circumstances, your needs currently and your needs moving forward. Our objective is focused on securing the best possible outcome for you and your future.

Call us on 4902 3800 and talk to a solicitor about your accident. You can send us an email at [email protected] if you have a question outside office hours.

Public Liability FAQs

How to make a public liability claim?

The first step in making a public liability claim is discerning whether or not you are eligible to make a claim. Questions to ask yourself include: Were you injured in a public place? Was the injury caused by negligence? Have you suffered any economic loss due to the injury (time off work, cost of treatment, etc.)? If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, then you may be eligible to make a public liability claim, in which case you should contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your case. 

To help your personal injury lawyers understand your case you should gather as much evidence of your injury as possible, the assessment of your injury by your treating doctors, proof of economic loss (records of time taken off work, doctors certificates, receipts for treatment, etc.), and identify the person or entity responsible for your injury. Using this information, your legal team can make an assessment on the potential outcome of your case if you were to pursue compensation and the next steps.


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Can you claim for public liability compensation if you are injured at someone's home?

The short answer is yes – you can make a public liability compensation claim for injuries suffered at a private residence, but you must be able to show negligence was a factor.

Can you claim for public liability compensation if you are injured at a shopping center?

Again, the short answer is yes, you can claim for public liability compensation if you are injured at a shopping center. As a public place, if you are injured as a result of the another person’s negligence, then you may be entitled to make a claim.

What happens if you claim on public liability insurance?

Once you have made a public liability compensation claim, your claim will be assessed and if the insurer accepts liability then it’s likely it will offer you a settlement payment. Many public liability claims are settled without the need for court action.

Public liability compensation is designed to cover the losses you suffered as a result of your injuries. While not all losses may be financial, such as a physical injury, compensation can assist in managing the impact of non-financial losses or injuries.

Public liability refers to the duty of care individuals and businesses have to the public, to ensure their safety. If a person were to be injured on a person’s property or sustained an injury due to the way a business was operating, that person could be entitled to make a compensation claim. It’s important because it means we take accountability for the safety of those around us and provides a means for those injured by carelessness to be compensated.

Generally speaking, legal action can be taken against a person, business, event, group or contractor if they are found liable for death or injury, loss or damage of property, or economic loss resulting from their negligence.

As with many laws, there are time limits on when you can submit a claim. Under public liability, you have three years from the date of injury to claim public liability compensation (or in some cases, three years from becoming aware of your injury).

Our Personal Injury Lawyers

Managing Director

Public Notary Specialist Accredited in Personal Injury Law

Senior Associate

Personal Injury Law

Senior Associate

Personal Injury Law


Personal Injury Law

Gabrielle Croese


Personal Injury Law

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Personal injury laws differ from state to state, if you are not in NSW, please contact your relevant state Law society for further assistance.