Injured Outside of Australia? Learn About Public Liability Abroad
Getting injured abroad is a terrible experience – which is exactly the opposite of what your holiday was meant to be. Unfortunately we have had many clients over the years who have been injured in public liability accidents abroad, which has ruined their holiday and left them not knowing where to turn. The good news is that we are here to help.
Let Us Give You Emergency Advice Until You Get Back
Regardless of how serious your injury may be, there are some key steps that you should take before returning to Australia. These include reporting the accident to the relevant authorities, obtaining the names and contact details of witnesses and bringing home copies of your foreign hospital records.
We can advise you by email or over the telephone whilst you are abroad, and give you a check list of what you should do before returning to Australia.
About Our Services for Public Liability Abroad
Our travel law team are experts in bringing claims for Australians who have been injured in various public liability accidents.
Some examples of public liability cases that we have assisted clients with include:
- Trips and slips in hotels, resorts and accommodation
- Accidents in bars and nightclubs
- Injuries arising from collapsed balconies
- Watersports accidents
We have successfully represented clients injured in Fiji, Pacific Islands, Europe, the USA and many more countries.
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Some of our clients have the option to bring the claim in Australia or the foreign country where the accident occurred. We will advise you on the advantages and disadvantages of the options available to you, and guide you through the legal process with whichever option you chose.
If you were injured in a public liability accident abroad, contact our friendly team of experts to see if you have a claim.
Public Liability Abroad Case Studies
Bali partygoer paralysed after fall from balcony
Our client, David, who lived in Perth, was 20 years old when he purchased a package holiday at resort in Kuta Beach, Bali.
He was attracted to the resort by the party atmosphere and various drinks promotions. The establishment was exclusively for Australians.
David consumed extreme amounts of alcohol as was encouraged at the resort. However whilst intoxicated he fell from a first floor balcony onto a rock garden. He broke his neck and was paralysed. He was repatriated from Bali to Perth where he was hospitalised for a long time.
Once instructed Tom Goudkamp travelled to the resort incognito to try and establish what had happened and how the accident could have been prevented. He also took an engineer to conduct a slip test on the balcony from which David fell.
We gathered evidence of the alcohol promotions and drinking prizes, in order to build a case that there was irresponsible service of alcohol. The engineer also reported that the balcony was dangerously slippery, particularly in the tropical humidity. The fact that David had been wearing thongs, as you would expect in a holiday resort, did not help. Furthermore the balcony wall was only 12 inches high.
The case proceeded to a mediation in Sydney and was settled for a very significant sum.