Whether you have been injured at work, in a car or motor vehicle accident, on public or private property, or because of a defective product, you may have an entitlement to personal injury compensation.
Our personal injury lawyers will work with you every step of the way to get the compensation you are entitled to. We understand the anxiety that may accompany a personal injury case and pride ourselves on speaking to you in a way that you will understand, always keeping you informed.
Years of experience have taught us that there are several frequently asked questions that people have in regards to their personal injury claims.
Do I have a claim?
Anyone who has been injured by the direct negligence of another party can make a claim. Our lawyers will be able to advise you on how best to move forward with your claim.
What can compensation be claimed and used for?
Compensation can be used for
• medical expenses,
• physical rehabilitation such as physiotherapy,
• loss of wages – present and future
• pain and suffering caused by the ongoing effects of your injuries
• any other direct expenses relating to your injury.
What are the strict time limits?
You only have 3 years from the accident date to file court proceedings. Before you can file court proceedings however you must lodge a Notice of Claim on all the parties you say are at fault:
Work Injury – within the first 6 months of your accident;
Motor vehicle – within one month of speaking to a lawyer about making a claim or within the first 9 months of the accident; whichever time period expires first;
Public Liability - within one month of speaking to a lawyer about making a claim or within the first 9 months of the accident; whichever time period expires first.
As you can see, it is critical that you contact us as soon as possible to make sure your claim does not get held up; or worse, you find out that it’s too late !
What records do I need?
A good starting point is that you will keep all your medical records, X Ray films and reports, receipts of all expenses, the names and contact details of all witnesses, what wages/income you have lost because of the accident.
How much will I get?
This is a question that every client asks. The answer varies greatly depending on the nature of your injuries, what medical treatment you have needed so far and how much more treatment you will need, how your ability to work and earn an income has been effected and for how long that will continue. It’s important that you retain and provide as much information as you can; the more information you have, the harder it will be for the other party to deny your claim.
How long will my claim take to settle?
This is difficult to determine. There is no sense trying to settle your case until the full extent of your injuries is known; the time for this does depend on the nature and extent of your injuries and you recover over time. Some cases can be settled in just a few months, whilst others will take much longer. We will be able to give you a better idea of a likely time frame once we have more information about the circumstances of your case and your injuries.
Will I have to go to court?
Greater than 95% of cases settle without the need for going to court. There are two scenarios where your case will go to court:
1. if the other party continues to deny any wrong doing; and/or
2. you simply can’t reach agreement on how much compensation you should be paid.
If it does go to court, then a Judge will make the decision after hearing all the evidence presented by both sides.