It is advisable to speak with an experienced and reputable lawyer if you have been injured. They will be in a position to give you sound guidance regarding the law and help you through the claims process. It is vital to get legal advice quickly as time limits do apply.
What can I include in my claim?
When making claims for compensation, you are entitled to include: out of pocket expenses relating to your injury; loss of earnings as well as future earnings; compensation for suffering and pain; care requirements and anticipated expenses in the future. A lawyer will be able to give advice about how much you are entitled to claim and the appropriate proof that will be required by insurance companies.
In order for claims to be successful, you must be able to prove that another entity such as an employer has been responsible for your injuries through their negligence. This will be handled by your lawyer. If you are not sure that you are entitled to make a claim, it is essential to speak with a legal expert for advice.
What happens now?
Once you have established that you are eligible to make a claim, the process will begin with your lawyer completing the appropriate paperwork for you to sign. The documents are then served on WorkCover or the relevant insurance company.
The claims process has several steps which include a settlement conference, attended by both you and your compensation lawyer.
In most cases, claims for injuries are settled at the conference and monies received soon after - between six and eight weeks usually.
In Queensland, most lawyers specialising in this area will offer a 'no win no fee' service. For anyone making claims, it means that there is nothing to be paid upfront until your case is successful. Your lawyer will outline the costs and fee structures that apply so that you are aware of outlays once your compensation is awarded.
If you have been injured and believe that you are eligible to claim, don't hesitate to get legal support.
Cairns Injury Lawyers are part of Preston Law.