Motor Vehicle Accident Compensation Lawyers
Have you been involved in a motor vehicle accident? You may be entitled to claim damages. To ensure you receive a suitable amount of compensation, The Personal Injury Lawyers can provide you with expert legal advice.
Any of the following road users under the Motor Accident Insurance Act 1994 can make a motor vehicle accident claim:
- Motorbike riders and pillion passengers
It’s important to note that your entitlement to claim will depend on the circumstances of the accident. If you are found to be at fault, this may make you ineligible to receive damages.
No Win No Fee motor accident lawyers
The Personal Injury Lawyers can provide you with risk-free legal representation via our No Win No Fee claims service. This means that if you aren’t awarded any compensation, you won’t have to pay your legal fees.
What are the requirements to make a motor vehicle accident claim?
In order to make a motor vehicle accident claim, you must be able to able to demonstrate that:
- You have sustained an injury and/or financial losses
- The accident was not your fault (or not entirely your fault)
How do I make a compensation claim for a motor vehicle accident?
For your claim to be successful, it’s vital to investigate the circumstances of the accident as soon as possible. Seeking treatment for your injuries is also important, as your medical records may be needed as evidence.
The next thing you should do is engage with legal representation. When it comes to motor vehicle accidents, claiming damages can be a confusing experience. By engaging with a lawyer, you won’t have to worry about missing an important step in the claims process
How long do I have to make a motor vehicle accident claim?
If you’re thinking of taking legal action, try to build your case quickly. Strict time limits apply to motor vehicle accident claims, so it’s important to file your claim sooner rather than later.
How much does it cost to make a motor vehicle accident claim?
Every motor vehicle accident claim is different. The total cost of your claim will depend on the amount of work it requires. However, no matter how many legal fees your claim accrues, if you are using our No Win No Fee service, you won’t be required to cover those fees if you aren’t awarded any compensation.
Will I need to go to court for a motor vehicle accident claim?
Most motor vehicle accident claims can be resolved before trial. If your claim does proceed to court, you’ll only need to attend if your presence is deemed absolutely necessary to its outcome. In some cases, your lawyer may be able to attend for you.
How much compensation will I receive for my motor vehicle accident claim?
The amount of compensation you receive will be influenced by a range of factors, including:
- The extent of your injuries
- The amount of out-of-pocket expenses you’ve had to cover
- How much income you’ve lost as a result of the accident
- The cost of ongoing care (such as rehabilitation)
Who pays the motor vehicle accident compensation?
In most cases, the insurer of the person at fault for the accident will pay the compensation. Unfortunately, being involved in an accident with an uninsured driver can complicate matters. Throughout Australia, all motorists must have Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance. In Queensland, if a motorist without this kind of insurance causes an accident, you may be able to claim against the Nominal Defendant. The Nominal Defendant is a statutory body established by the Queensland government to protect road users from uninsured drivers. It can be used as a source of compensation.
Do I need to seek a motor vehicle accident lawyer to make a claim?
Seeking out a lawyer to manage your claim offers a range of benefits, including:
- Free legal advice – If you’re not sure whether to claim compensation, The Personal Injury Lawyers can arrange an obligation-free consultation to discuss your legal options.
- Improved odds – When claiming motor vehicle accident compensation, having access to legal expertise is crucial.
- Effective preparation – Allowing a lawyer to prepare your case effectively can give you a huge advantage during negotiations.
Where can I get in touch with a motor vehicle accident lawyer in QLD? Right here!
If you have been injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident compensation claim, such as car, bike or tram you believe was caused by someone else's wrongful act or negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Even if you think your actions may have contributed to your injury, you may still have a claim well-worth pursuing. Chat, call, email, or let us assess your claim, just press the button below. There is no cost, and no obligation.
Other common questions about motor vehicle accident claims
Q. Is compensation ever difficult to recover?
A. Compensation can be difficult to recover if the person at fault for the accident disputes your version of events. This is why it’s important to investigate the cause of the accident thoroughly (if you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle accident, always call the police to ensure an official account of the accident is recorded).
Q. How long will a motor vehicle accident claim take to settle?
A. The Personal Injury Lawyers can help you access compensation sooner. However, keep in mind it can take several months for a motor vehicle accident claim to settle. This will depend on the complexity of your claim and how willing the other side is to reach a settlement.
Q. What happens if I don’t win?
A. If your claim is unsuccessful, you may have to cover the legal costs of the person you claimed against (under our No Win No Fee arrangement, won’t have to cover the cost of your own legal fees).
Q. Why should I trust The Personal Injury Lawyers with my motor vehicle accident claim?
A. With more than 30 years of experience in personal injury law, you can rely on our lawyers to achieve the best possible outcome for your case. To ensure your case achieves a satisfactory settlement, we can keep you informed at every point in the claims process.
Q. What sort of compensation are you entitled to?
A. If you do have a motor accident claim, injury compensation which you may be entitled to, the claim includes:
- Compensation for pain and suffering and loss of your amenities of life;
- Loss of past and future wages or business profits (including loss of superannuation payments);
- Medical and rehabilitation expenses that you have incurred and are likely to incur in the future;
- Past and future Care costs;
- Out of pocket expenses;
- The Compulsory Third Party Insurer (or "CTP Insurer") has obligations under the Motor Accident Insurance Act 1994, to meet your medical & rehabilitation needs during your motor accident claim, to ensure that you get the treatment and assistance you need for your injuries. They will fund such things as physio treatment, surgery, specialist treatment, hospitalisation costs, medication expenses, counselling, medical aids and devices, home and vehicle modifications as well as the provision of care and assistance where required;
- Where your injuries stop you from returning to work and you are struggling financially, you may also be entitled to an advance payment on damages to assist you financially whilst you are waiting for your motor accident claim to finalise;
- If your motor vehicle accident injury occurred on your way to or from work, during a work break, or during the course of your work, you are most likely entitled to claim workers' compensation benefits (or WorkCover Statutory Benefits as they are also known), whilst you are recovering from your accident injuries.
Q. What about care and assistance for catastrophic motor accident injuries
A. From 1 July 2016, if you are injured in a motor vehicle accident and suffer catastrophic injuries including, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injury, severe burns, permanent blindness or multiple amputations, you will be entitled to lifetime care and assistance under the National Injury Insurance Scheme or NIIS. The scheme is not fault based, meaning that it does not matter whether the person who is suffering the catastrophic injury was responsible for the accident or not. They still have entitlement to claim for the following assistance in relation to their injuries:
- Medical expenses;
- Rehabilitation expenses;
- Ambulance transportation;
- Prosthetics, aids and appliances;
- Home and vehicle modifications;
- Education and vocational training;
- Care, including respite, attendant and domestic.
Find out more about the National Injury Insurance Scheme for Queensland.
Who is eligible to make a motor vehicle accident claim?
Q. How much compensation will you receive?
A. Injuries affect everyone in different ways. A minor injury to some, may impact on another person to a much greater extent. The purpose of compensation is to compensate an injured party for the loss and damage they suffer as a consequence of the injury. The more the injury or injuries impact upon your pre-accident lifestyle and employment, the more compensation you will receive. Because of the subjective nature of compensation payments for personal injury claims in Queensland, it is not possible to state a specific compensation amount for a certain injury. It will depend on what loss and damage is suffered because of that injury.
Some of the more dominant factors that impact upon compensation payments are the extent of the injury sustained as well as age, occupation, recreational interests and health of the injured party at the time of the accident occurring. To give you an idea however of what types of compensation payments are being made in Queensland for motor accident claims, we have obtained the following statistical data from the Motor Accident Insurance Commission (otherwise known as MAIC), the body that regulates Compulsory Third Party insurance claims in Queensland in respect to car accident claims made in Queensland during the 2015 financial year (1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015):-
- There were 4731 motor accident claims in Qld in 2015;
- The average compensation payment for minor injuries was $69,365;
- The average compensation payment for moderate injuries was $139,938;
- The average compensation payment for serious injuries was $296,970;
- The average compensation payment for severe injuries was $519,058;
- The average compensation payment for critical injuries was $1,853,200.
Note that these are average payments only and every case is different. For example, The Personal Injury Lawyers case summary database provides the following case scenarios:
- A 42 year old woman, sales consultant, who suffered a simple whiplash injury to her cervical spine in a rear-ender motor vehicle accident achieved compensation of $400,000 because of the impact the injury had on her pre-injury lifestyle and employment, despite her whiplash injury being described by doctors as a "minor" injury;
- In the case of Austin v Parmalat Australia Ltd (2013)QSC 227, Mr Austin sustained a minor head injury when a milk crate fell on his head whilst unloading his work truck, however, the impact of the injury upon Mr Austin’s employment and occupation as a truck driver was such that he was awarded damages of $1,052,000 for his claim.
Of course, in cases of very serious injury and catastrophic injuries such as brain injury, paraplegia or amputation for example, compensation will be much higher than the figures discussed above, resulting in compensation payments involving multi-millions of dollars. Examples of this from The Personal Injury Lawyers case summary database are:
- A 62 year old male laborer received over $2,000,000 for a below knee amputation injury to his left leg from a head on collision accident;
- A 15 year old male, who sustained paraplegia in a car accident but had recovered exceptionally well from his injuries and was pursuing tertiary studies for a professional career as a Merchant Banker, achieved over $4,000,000 in damages;
- The catastrophic injury case of Susan Delaney, who sustained extreme head injuries in a motorcycle accident leaving her in a vegetative state, resulting in a damages payment of over $9,000,000 by the insurer AAMI (Delaney v AAMI (2013) QSC).
For more statistical information regarding car accident claims and compensation payments for motor accident injuries, the following may help: MAIC - Motor Accident Claim Statistical Data 2014 to 2015
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