In one single moment your whole life can change.
That’s the real and devastating impact a motor vehicle accident can have on you.
The aftershocks on your physical and mental health, ability to work, independence and your family can last a lifetime.
When you’re trying to recover from a motor vehicle accident, you want to know you will be financially taken care of.
That’s why it’s important to speak to a lawyer and know your compensation entitlements.
No matter how big or small your injury, it’s worth knowing your rights.
We are a national leader in motor accident compensation, offering the largest team in South Australia, as well as experienced lawyers in Perth (WA) and Darwin (NT). Our focused expertise in this area means you can concentrate on your recovery while we manage your claim.
You can book your first free appointment here or call us on (08) 8212 1077 (SA), (08) 9211 5800 (WA) or (08) 8995 9520 (NT).
*If you are in Western Australia and have not made a claim, please disregard our online advertising.
What circumstances are required for a claim?
If you were the driver and not at fault, or only partially at fault, you may have a claim. In some states, even drivers who were at fault have entitlements if catastrophically injured. It is crucial to ask your lawyer about this. In most cases, we will be able to tell you if your claim will succeed after you discuss the circumstances of the accident with us. We offer free first interviews for this area of practice so feel free to contact us.
What will we do if you have a claim?
If you have a claim then we will handle all negotiations with the relevant insurance company direct. We will get medical reports from doctors relating to your injuries, notify the other people in the accident and sometimes attend the scene of the accident.
In most cases we will pay the cost of medical reports and other expenses during the course of your claim (or get the insurer to pay for them). We will also not charge you legal fees until the end of your case. You therefore have to pay nothing from your own pocket until after your claim has been resolved. Throughout your claim we will liase with you, the insurance company and the doctors to gather enough information to accurately assess your compensation.
What are you entitled to claim for?
Your entitlements will vary depending on the circumstances of your accident, and when the accident occurred. Before your claim is finalised we will take into account your pain and suffering, the wages that you have lost (from not being able to go to work), the medical expenses that you have incurred and might incur in the future and your loss of future earning capacity (if your ability to work is reduced). We will discuss these entitlements with you throughout your claim.
How long will your claim take?
The length of your claim depends on how long it takes you to recover from your injuries. Your claim cannot be finalised until you have fully recovered or you have recovered as well as can be expected (in the opinion of your doctors). This is because an assessment of your future medical expenses and permanent incapacity will form a part of your claim. Once your claim has been finalised it can’t be changed, so it is important that your claim not be resolved until we are fully informed about what future problems you may have.
When should you seek legal advice?
If your claim is going to court, strict time limits apply. We recommend that you get legal advice as soon as possible after the accident, especially now that new, complex laws have been introduced in some states, impacting your entitlements.