Duty of care

Duty of care is a legal concept that means the occupier or operator of a space or premises has the duty to care for the safety of people entering and using that space. If they breach this duty of care by being negligent, then they may be able to be sued for any accidents or injuries that are caused by their negligent behaviour. This is known as a public liability compensation claim.

Have you been injured in a public place?

The occupier of a premises or area has a legal duty of care towards people who they can reasonably foresee will come into that space.  It doesn’t matter if the property is privately or publicly owned, and can include sporting fields, parks, gardens and footpaths, as well as public, commercial and retail premises.

If you have been hurt as the result of another person or organisation’s negligent behaviour, you may be able to make a public liability claim for compensation.  At Maurice Blackburn we have a team of expert public liability lawyers, who can help you fight for your legal rights. 

Maurice Blackburn can help

Because public liability is such a complicated area of law, it’s a good idea to find a lawyer who thoroughly understands its intricacies. Maurice Blackburn Lawyers have been representing people making compensation claims for nearly 100 years, and we are committed to fighting for fair and equitable results for everybody.

Our highly experienced personal injury lawyers understand every aspect of the public liability legal system across Australia.  We offer No Win, No Fee arrangements for public liability cases, which means that if we don’t win, you don’t have to pay for our legal services.  Contact our office today to find out how we can help you or for more information on our successful cases. Maurice Blackburn have lawyers in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and throughout Australia. 

Someone else’s story


At 14 years of age, Hassan lost the sight in his right eye when he was pushed into a door during a poorly supervised soccer game. He received $220,000 in compensation.