Key Facts and Information about Personal Injury Claims
When pursuing a personal injury claim, it is important that you know what exactly constitutes or qualifies as a personal injury. By equipping yourself with proper knowledge, you can strengthen your claim and ensure that you will be compensated as fairly as possible for all of the damages and losses you have incurred. If you have been recently involved in a motor vehicle accident or a workplace accident, here are some things you should know.
What qualifies as a personal injury claim?
Any type of physical injury is considered a personal injury. For example, following a motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation, common law damages or both if you suffer whiplash injuries, or one of the more catastrophic injuries such as amputation, internal injuries, or serious head trauma (which can result in brain injury, paraplegia, quadriplegia, and tetraplegia).
Don’t think for a minute that minor injuries don’t have any bearing when it comes to pursuing a compensation claim. Sometimes, a minor injury can end up being a serious injury over time. For instance, whiplash injuries to the cervical spine (neck) can result in recurring headaches and muscle spasms. This can interfere with your work and daily activities, and over extended periods of time, can pose to be financially and emotionally destructive.
There are also many examples where the full extent of an injury doesn’t manifest itself until many months or years after the accident. This is one of the reasons why you shouldn’t take minor injuries for granted.
Personal injury claims are also not limited to physical injuries. Under the law, psychological or mental harm (or what is sometimes referred to as “nervous shock”) is also considered a personal injury. For example, if you are suffering from symptoms of depression, anxiety, or sleeplessness because of working in a stressful work environment, you might be able to claim compensation for your psychological condition.
An example of a potential accident claim - freak accident in Ravenshoe
According to reports, up to 20 people were rushed to hospital after a car suddenly crashed into the Serves You Right Café on Griggs St in Ravenshoe on 9 June 2015 and hit a gas bottle, causing a huge explosion. Witnesses said it was “an absolutely horrific scene.”
While the victims were not on the road when the accident occurred, they are entitled to claim compensation. According to the Motor Accident Insurance Act 1994, anyone who has been injured in a car, motorcycle, truck, or bicycle accident, or as a pedestrian may be entitled to claim accident compensation for their injuries.
Despite ongoing efforts by the Queensland state government to reduce the number of accidents involving motor vehicles, it seems that many people are still being injured or losing their lives in these unfortunate situations.
More and more people are still engaging the services of motor vehicle accident lawyers so that they can ensure they are properly compensated for the injuries, mental trauma, and the inconveniences they have to suffer because of the incident.
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Pursuing a compensation claim for your personal injuries can be quite a challenge, especially if you have no idea how the legal system works.
The Personal Injury Lawyers are Queensland’s expert compensation lawyers who will provide you with all the legal assistance you need. Best of all, our services are provided on a “no win, no fee” basis. This means that if your personal injury claim isn’t successful and you didn’t receive any compensation, you are not required to pay your lawyer.
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