According to the Australian Law Reform Commission, 15 serious injuries occur every hour. This can arise due to negligence or simply a freak accident. Regardless, What’s My Claim Worth partners with specialist law firms throughout New South Wales that can support you and help you make a claim.
What are the laws regarding your accident?
If you are involved in an accident in New South Wales, you are protected by the Civil Liability Act 2002, the Workers Compensation Act (should the accident happen at work) and the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999. The main body of legislation that covers motor, medical negligence, serious injuries and public liability is the Civil Liability Act.
Serious injuries are injuries that can and will change lives, and it is important to know that you can claim compensation. If your injury resulted because of someone else’s negligence, whether that be an employer or a public entity, you may also have to make separate and overlapping claims. You can claim compensation for a wide range of things, from medical expenses, loss of income and even pain and suffering if your claimant case is a negligence one. Get in contact with us at What’s My Claim Worth for more detailed advice.
What should you do about your accident?
If you sustain injuries in an accident and it was not your fault, you can claim compensation to have medical expenses covered, loss of income payments or even a lump sum payment from your employer or the negligent entity.
It is important to retain all details of what happened, including witnesses and hospital reports. These will be essential to your claim as you may have to prove that the other party was overtly negligent and witnesses who can confirm this will be helpful. If you are claiming against your employer, you will need to obtain your employer’s insurance details and file an out of work form. Fundamentally, you will need to prove that you were in their duty of care and that they breached said care, leading to your injury. It has to be presented as a direct consequence of their breach.
Fatal or irreversible injuries often have to be verified by an independent and verified practitioner, who will examine you and determine your level of injury. They must follow all guidelines and submit their findings along with your claim. You will also need to obtain a Certificate of Assessment after the examination. This will need to be submitted along with your claim. You will most likely have a choice between accepting reimbursement, loss-of-income payments and a lump payment, but remember that the choice is entirely your own.
How long do accident claims take?
The length of time between lodging an accident claim and receiving compensation varies greatly between cases. Many different factors can shorten or lengthen the total processing time, from the circumstances of the accident to the extent of your injuries and the amount of time required for your injuries to stabilise. Once you’ve been assigned a specialist lawyer to manage your case and have shared some information about your claim, you’ll receive an estimate of how long your accident claim may take.
How much compensation will you receive from your accident claim?
The amount of compensation you are eligible to receive following your accident is dependent on numerous factors. The extent of your injuries and the perceived effect that your injuries will have on your life now and into the future are among the greatest influences in determining how much compensation you will receive. If you’ve experienced minimal impact on your ability to work and make a living, you’ll likely receive less compensation than someone who is no longer able to work or carry out simple tasks around the house.
Compensation typically covers a range of expenses encountered after acquiring an injury, including:
- Any loss of earnings
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Any additional assistance that you require following the accident
The lawyer assigned to your case can provide you with an estimate of how much compensation you may receive. Get in touch with our friendly team of claim advisors today to start the claim process.
What is the claims process?
What’s My Claim Worth can help you start the process to get the result you need from your accident claim. Starting this legal process can result in monetary compensation for you.
It should be noted that this isn’t necessarily an easy process. Without knowing the particular facts of your situation, it can be very hard to establish your rights in bringing forward a claim for compensation. Start the process today and speak to What’s My Claim Worth to see whether your accident case can progress.
Why should you choose What’s My Claim Worth?
What’s My Claim Worth’s claim advisors can help you understand the value of your claim, as well as your eligibility to claim. Once confirmed, we can then put you in touch with the best legal professionals to handle your accident claim — no win, no fee (excluding defendant costs if the claim is litigated).
Frequently asked questions
What costs are involved in making an accident claim?
What’s My Claim Worth guarantees that you will only be charged legal fees if your case is successful. Working on a no win, no fee basis, your specialist lawyer will outline what fees you will need to pay if your claim is successful, ensuring you are informed of your obligations before you pursue your case. As each case is unique, the total cost, if successful, will differ in each instance.
Do you need a lawyer to make an accident claim?
While it is possible to make an accident claim on your own, you will need to have a thorough understanding of the laws applicable to your case, as well as your rights and entitlements. Working with a lawyer can help to make the process a little less stressful, with your assigned specialist lawyer guiding you through each stage and pursuing the case once it’s in progress.