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There is a wide variety of accidents that occupiers and public liability law covers and they include the following:
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- injuries sustained during participation in a sport at a venue which is of poor maintenance
- slips, trips, and falls which may be caused by fluid substance, for example, occurring at a public place such as supermarkets, department stores, or malls
- labour-hire trauma occurring within the host employer’s private property
- trauma sustained from dog bites and attacks
- injuries cause by defective products such as hazardous toys for children, faulty electrical items, and other equipments with manufacturing and design defects
- accidents from recreational areas such as parks, community playgrounds, school play areas
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- hospitalisation and medical expenses
- lost compensation or earnings that a person was entitled to receive as a wage-earner
- compensation for pain, suffering, and decrease in health status and quality of life
- home care services
A person deemed responsible for the occurrence of an injury may be obliged to pay a compensation for the resulting damages. There are instances where a person may be held responsible even if he/she is not directly the cause of an injury. Such cases may be when an accident happens on the premises or under the management of the occupier.
A property owner or the occupier of such property is under a duty of care to ensure that the premises are hazard free and in circumstances where a hazard is evident, adequate safety precautions are applied.
Examples may be sporting fields or facilities, recreational areas, patios, pergolas, etc.
- document as much information about the accident that happened such as vehicle plate numbers, location of the accident, any witnesses, and other details.
- immediately go to the nearest police station and report the accident and provide all the relevant information.
- alongside your claim, attach a copy of a medical certificate stating the details of the injuries you have sustained from the accident.
- preserve evidences by photographing any injured part, the cause of the injury, or the place where it occurred
- immediately have yourself checked by your General Practitioner and inform him or her of the cause of your injury
- ensure that everything is well-documented and accounted for by holding on to all medical records and bills for all consultations
- in circumstances where you have received an injury from an object, the object itself if you still have in your possession may serve as a strong evidence
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