Public Liability

The Most Common Accident Claims Made in NSW

From road traffic accidents to public liability accidents, read on to find out more about the most common accident claims made in NSW.

Workers’ Compensation Claims

Accidents in the workplace can have devastating consequences for workers, often resulting in a reduced working capacity and a loss of income. As a result, the Workers’ Compensation system aims to provide injured workers with assistance during their recovery and to support a safe and appropriate return to work. A Workers’ Compensation claim provides a means for workers who have suffered injury, illness or a reduced work capacity as a result of the course of their employment to receive compensation for their injuries.

Examples of workplace injuries include:

  • Physical or mental Injuries suffered during work activities, or at the workplace
  • Diseases caused by the work
  • Pre-existing conditions worsened by the work

Motor Vehicle Accident Claims

The number of accidents occurring on the roads continues to steadily grow each year. Numerous cars, trucks and other motor vehicles are involved in accidents every day, often causing serious injuries for the parties involved. Parties involved in a motor vehicle accident, such as a driver, passenger or pedestrian, are entitled to make a motor vehicle accident claim to receive compensation for their injuries.

Motor vehicle accidents can occur in a variety of ways, including:

  • Collisions between two or more road vehicles
  • Collisions with property
  • Collisions with pedestrians

Motorcycle Accident Claims

Motorcyclists are more vulnerable than those who travel within motor vehicles as they are less sheltered and more difficult for other road users to see. As a result, the likelihood of an accident to occur to a motorcyclist is greater. Those who have been involved in a motorcycle accident are entitled to make a motorcycle accident claim to receive compensation for their injuries.

Motorcycle accidents can occur in a variety of ways, including:

  • Sudden opening of car doors (car-dooring)
  • Vehicles who cut off or fail to give way to motorcyclists
  • Vehicles who hit motorcyclists from behind

Bicycle Accident Claims

As cyclists are also less visible on our roads and have less protection against other road users, there is also a greater chance of a cyclist sustaining an injury in a road accident. Cyclists are entitled to compensation just as much as any other road user, and a bicycle accident claim is available to those involved in a bicycle accident, to receive compensation for any injuries.

Bicycle accidents can occur in a variety of ways, including:

  • Sudden opening of car doors (car-dooring)
  • Vehicles who cut off or fail to give way to cyclists
  • Vehicles who drive in a bicycle lane
  • Vehicles who suddenly pull out of driveways

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Public Transport Accident Claims

For many, public transport is an inevitable part of life. Unfortunately, a number of public transport users are injured by public transport road accidents every day and, quite often, through no fault of their own. Those who have been injured as a result of a public transport road accident are eligible to make a road accident compensation claim to receive compensation for their injuries.

A road accident compensation claim covers certain forms of public transport, including:

  • Buses
  • Trains
  • Light rail

Examples of public transport road accidents include:

  • Negligent driving of the public transport vehicle, causing injuries to its passengers
  • Negligent driving of the public transport vehicle, causing injuries to pedestrians or other road users

Public Liability Claims

Numerous injuries occur on private property every day. While these injuries can start off small, such as slipping over something in your local supermarket, they can often lead to more serious injuries such as back, neck or head injuries. Quite often these injuries are actually the fault of another party, such as the occupier of the premises, because they have failed to take the right amount of care. Under public liability law, where a negligent party has caused another person to suffer an injury on private property, then the injured person is entitled to make a public liability claim to receive compensation for their injuries.

Examples of public liability accidents include:

  • Slips, trips and falls in supermarkets and other outlets
  • Playground and schoolyard injuries
  • Sporting injuries
  • Injuries from boating accidents
  • Dog or other animal attacks
  • Physical and sexual assaults

 

For more information about how to make a claim for your personal injuries, contact Schreuder Partners today.

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