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Motor Vehicle Accident Claims
Your compensation entitlements
The following compensation entitlements are available for injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident:
- Non – economic loss (pain and suffering) – only if the injuries are assessed as exceeding 10% whole person impairment in accordance with the Motor Accidents Authority’s guidelines.
- Past and future loss of income.
- Past and future medical treatment expenses.
- Past and future assistance needs – subject to the provision that if the assistance is provided without charge, the need for assistance has to be for over 6 months, and has to be for over 6 hours per week.
If you have been injured at work, talk to us as we can help you maximise your compensation claim. Call us on 13 43 63 or contact us via our online enquiry form. Alternatively, visit us at any of our offices Australia wide in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.
Our offices are found nationally in:
- Our NSW offices are in Sydney, Parramatta, Campbelltown, Newcastle, Penrith, Wollongong and Gloucester.
- Our Queensland offices are in Brisbane, Logan, North Lakes, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Cairns.
- Our South Australian offices are in Adelaide CBD and Whyalla.
- Our Western Australia office is in Perth.
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No Win, No Fee
You will never be out of pocket. You do not have to pay unless we win your case. If we don’t win, you don’t have to pay us a cent.
Our Fee Policy in Motor Vehicle Accident Claims
For motor vehicle accident claims in Australia, we act for our clients on a ‘No Win-No Fee’ basis. In other words, unless we are successful in receiving compensation on behalf of the client they will not be charged for the legal work done by our firm or any expenses incurred when investigating the claim. Ask one of our personal injury lawyers for further information about our ‘No Win-No Fee’ policy, conditions do apply.
Our Western Australian office is in Perth.
Frequently asked questions
Are there any time limits?
Yes. There are strict time limits applicable to motor accident claims depending upon your circumstances.
In general, the incident, whether it was a car accident, truck, push bike or motor bike must be reported to the police within 28 days from the accident; and The Motor Accident Personal Injury Claim Form (MAPICF) must the completed and lodged with the CTP insurer and driver at fault within 6 months from the date of accident.
The Accident Notification Form (ANF) must be completed and lodged with the CTP insurer at fault and driver at fault within 28 days from the accident.
Proceeding must commence in the appropriate Court within 3 years from the date of accident. By failing to adhere to these strict requirements you could jeopardise the success of your case entirety, as leave may not be granted.
I don’t know if my injuries are permanent so should I contact a lawyer?
Yes. The extent and severity of your injuries and disabilities will need to be assessed by a medical provider. Often, the latent effects of an injury do not manifest themselves until 6-12 months time.
By lodging the appropriate claim forms you can start to have your treatment paid and any referrals to specialist including radiology, we will seek prepayment of for you.
Importantly, by lodging your claim with the insurer early, you avoid falling foul of the limitation periods for lodging a claim, so the insurer cannot raise that argument as a bar to you bringing a claim in the future.
What if the accident was 12 months ago. Can I still claim?
Yes. If your explanation is considered full and satisfactory by a court and you can illustrate you have acted as quick as possible, then a Court may grant you leave.
I have been hit by a motor vehicle, but they didn’t stop. Can I still claim?
Yes. The claim would be made against the Nominal Defendant Scheme. However, a claim against the Nominal Defendant brings about certain obligations of due search and inquiry. As soon as possible, proper searches need to be conducted to try and locate the vehicle, this can include but not limited to, newspaper advertisements, obtaining details from witness, trying to obtain any CCTV footage and so on. Turner Freeman will assist you with the Due Search and Inquiry obligations on a ‘No Win, No Fee‘ basis.