Suffered a SLIP, TRIP OR FALL in a public place? We’ll use over 30 years of experience, to get you the best possible outcome.

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Unfortunately slips, trips and falls in public spaces are an all too familiar occurrence. As these are considered public liability claims, the focus of Henry Carus + Associates is to start by understanding the details of the accident to give us the best chance of converting it into a very successful compensation claim.

As always, we aim to leave no stone unturned, so our comprehensive approach begins with us collating the information we need on how the accident happened, how and if it was reported, and if there were there any witnesses.

Once we are confident we can win the case based on public liability law, we then assess the extent of the client's injuries by obtaining all relevant medical evidence.
Once we are confident we can win the case based on public liability law, we then assess the extent of the client’s injuries by obtaining all relevant medical evidence.

If we believe we can demonstrate both liability and that you have suffered a significant injury, we can then proceed with the claim.

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Slip, Trip and Fall Accidents Can Be Avoided – Here’s How

Falls in public places are not an inevitable part of life. Many of these accidents could be eliminated if the people responsible for maintaining properties took proper steps to keep their facilities reasonably safe.

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The law puts a duty on the owners and occupiers of public places to eliminate unreasonably dangerous hazards that could cause someone to slip, trip or fall.
Some examples of common slip, trip and fall hazards – and possible fixes – include:

These are just a few examples of the many ways in which a slip, trip or fall accident can happen in a public place in Victoria – and the ways in which such accidents could be avoided.

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The key to avoiding slip, trip and fall accidents typically involves those responsible for the property taking reasonable steps to monitor the facilities and address unreasonable hazards before someone gets hurt.

Who’s Responsible for Slip, Trip and Fall Injuries in Victoria?

Individuals, companies, government agencies and others who own or control public places may be held responsible
Individuals, companies, government agencies and others who own or control public places may be held responsible for slip, trip or fall accidents that result from their negligence, or failure to maintain reasonably safe conditions.

Most of the time, it is the responsible party’s insurer that actually pays the claim.

 

Benefits Available to Slip, Trip and Fall Victims in Victoria

Victims of a slip, trip or fall accident in a public place that was caused by someone else’s negligence may be entitled to a range of compensation, such as:

No fault benefits may include:

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  • Hospital bills and other medical expenses, including future costs
  • Wages you are unable to earn due to work absences caused by your injuries, both past and future
  • The pain, suffering and lost enjoyment of life you endured due to the accident
  • The cost of hiring help to assist you with tasks at home that you are unable to perform because of your injuries

Estimated Timeline to Get Compensation After a Slip and Fall Accident

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The legal team at Henry Carus + Associates wastes no time getting to work on our clients’ personal injury claims. For us, early evidence is key to the success of a these types of cases. So right from the start we’ll devote a large amount of time to investigating the accident and, more often than not, we will visit the accident site so we can better understand the cause of the accident.
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Indeed, with more than 30 years of public liability experience we know the strength of a claim – and its outcome – depends greatly on what is seen and understood by visiting the accident site. Photos alone never are sufficient to us.

We also take a careful and detailed statement from the client and from all witnesses as soon as possible in a bid to increase the chance of recall accuracy.

Once we have this vital evidence in our hands, we have a solid base from which we can launch a successful case.

Our first priority is always to make sure that our client receives proper treatment for the injuries suffered in the accident. Once the client’s injuries have stabilised, we typically ask a doctor to determine the degree of our client’s permanent impairments and ask the doctor to provide us with a Wrongs Act Certificate. This certificate confirms that a person has suffered an injury of greater than 5% “Whole Person Impairment”.

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After gathering all medical, ambulance, hospital and GP records in order to establish the extent of our client’s injuries, we can then put a claim to the responsible parties and forcefully pursue the maximum compensation our client deserves.

WHY CHOOSE HENRY CARUS + ASSOCIATES?

For us, early evidence is key to the success of a these types of cases. So right from the start we’ll devote a large amount of time investigating the accident and, more often than not, we will attend the accident site so we can better understand the cause of the accident.
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Indeed, our 30+ years of public liability experience has taught us that the strength of a claim – and the outcome – depends greatly on what is seen and understood by visiting the accident site. Photos alone never are sufficient to us.
Once we have this vital evidence in our hands, we have a solid base from which we can launch a successful case.
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