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Slip and fall Payouts in Australia – Compensation Claim Guide.

Pushing a trolley at a supermarket where slip and fall accidents could occur.

When you’re out and about, the last thing you expect is to be injured in a slip and fall accident. But for thousands of Australians every year, what starts as a regular day out or visit to the shops turns into an injury, medical treatment, time off work, and even surgery.  

Slip and fall payouts in Australia can be significant. So if you’re planning to make a compensation claim, it’s important to know your rights and make sure you receive everything you’re entitled to.  

This guide explains everything you need to know about slip and fall payouts in Australia, including how to find out if you can claim, how to make a claim, and how to get help with your claim. 

Can I claim compensation for a slip and fall accident?

You can claim compensation if: 

Proving liability isn’t always simple; a building owner or manager can only be held liable if they knew or should have known about a hazard and did nothing about it.  

Take for example a situation where liquid has been spilled on a floor. If the spillage was left for a long period of time without being cleaned up, and this caused you to slip and fall, it’s likely the building manager would be found negligent for not having the right safety procedures in place. But if the accident happened within seconds of the spill, then it could be argued that the building manager wasn’t negligent, as they had no opportunity to clean it up.

Take for example a situation where liquid has been spilled on a floor. If the spillage was left for a long period of time without being cleaned up, and this caused you to slip and fall, it’s likely the building manager would be found negligent for not having the right safety procedures in place. But if the accident happened within seconds of the spill, then it could be argued that the building manager wasn’t negligent, as they had no opportunity to clean it up. 

A specialist lawyer can assess your situation over the phone and tell you whether you have a potential claim for slip and fall compensation.

How much compensation can I claim for a slip and fall?

You can get an indication of payout amounts in Australia by looking at cases that have settled in the past.  

Take for example the slip and fall claim made by a small business owner who received a settlement of $540,000. 

In July 2017, Frank, who owned a news agency in a small shopping complex in South-West Sydney, took a break to go to the toilet located within the complex. When he got there, he noticed newspaper and cardboard that had been laid across the entrance to the toilet. Unfortunately, he slipped on it and landed hard on his outstretched hands. 

Frank suffered full tears of both his rotator cuffs and broken bones in both his wrists. He underwent two operations to repair the severely torn muscles in his shoulders and not long after the accident, he also developed carpal tunnel syndrome in both wrists. 

Frank’s lawyer, Chantille, determined that the leak had originated from the adjacent fruit shop and one of their staff members was responsible for laying the newspaper and cardboard – in a poor attempt to soak up the water. Chantille also discovered that the centre had no adequate hazard identification system or a regular system to clean the floors of the common areas of the premises. 

Every slip and fall case is different, and there’s no standard payout amount you should settle for. Most importantly, don’t just accept the first settlement offer you receive from an insurer – it’s vital that you get advice from a specialist personal injury lawyer before you accept any offer. 

How are slip and fall payouts calculated?

Compensation payouts in Australia are calculated based on the extent of your injuries and the expenses you incur.  

When you make a slip and fall claim, your total settlement may include amounts for: 

Slip and fall injuries can take time to stabilise and may even worsen over time. For example, an injured leg can lead to a limp that causes hip and back problems. So it’s important that you don’t simply claim compensation for your obvious injuries, or accept an early settlement offer from an insurer. A good slip and fall lawyer will take time to get to know you personally, gather all the evidence and argue your case on your behalf. This can make a big different to the amount of compensation you receive. 

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