No matter how carefully we drive on Queensland roads these days, there is a chance that we will get involved in a motor vehicle accident. This can be devastating in many ways, first and foremost the risk of serious injury to ourselves and our loved ones, not to mention the immediate expense of vehicular damage and medical treatment. But it doesn't end there. A car crash can change the course of life as you know it - work may not be possible as before, short-term or long-term. There may also be ongoing medical and rehabilitation costs that become part of your routine.
So what are your legal options in such a difficult time? It is essential to have an understanding of your compensation rights if you have been involved in an accident. The claims procedure can seem intimidating and confusing, but an experienced personal injury lawyer will have the knowledge to guide you through the claims process and make sure that your compensation rights are best served.
What exactly can I claim for?
If you have been in a motor accident you may be entitled to compensation for the following:
- Disability - temporary or permanent
- Medical expenses - initial and ongoing treatment
- Injuries - bodily and psychological
- Loss of income
Usually, compensation claims are managed by a settlement process, negotiated between the parties involved with the help and guidance of their lawyers. This can go to court for settlement if the dispute in question cannot be resolved by negotiation.
How Much Am I Entitled To?
There are many factors which determine the amount of compensation you are entitled to through the legal claims process:
- How serious are your injuries?
- What will be the cost of your medical treatment and care?
- What is the nature of your work?
- What wages have you lost?
- What wages are you likely to lose?
Usually, there will be a requirement to complete an assessment with a specialised doctor. A supporting medical report will then be provided as part of the claims process.
How a Personal Injury Lawyer can help
There is a sizeable amount of information required by the Insurance companies in the claims process and the specific steps which must be followed and timeframes which must be met are set out in legislation. This is where an experienced lawyer can really help. They will advise you and know how to collate the documentation required. They will also work on your behalf to negotiate with the other parties and their legal representatives.
To make sure that you get a fair compensation payout, it can be helpful to engage a reputable and reliable law firm. Each party, including the Insurance company, will be prioritising their own financial interests, so you need to have someone knowledgeable and experienced negotiating for you. This will not only ensure a fair result but also avoid, where possible, a lengthy court procedure.
Cairns Injury Lawyers
If you want to find out more about the claims process following an accident, speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer today. Contact us here
Cairns Injury Lawyers are locally owned and operated and are part of Preston Law