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Have You Been Injured In A Motor Vehicle Accident?
Whether it was from a car accident, motorcycle crash, bicycle accident, truck accident or any other type of vehicle – you may have the right to a motor accident compensation claim.
Examples of these types of motor vehicle accidents include:
- Driver or passenger injuries sustained where another vehicle driver was at fault.
- Any pedestrian hit by a vehicle
- Children involved in accidents
- A motorcyclist or motorbike rider that was hit by a vehicle
- A cyclist hit by an opening car door, also known as ‘dooring’
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What can I claim for my Motor Vehicle Accident?
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident there are various types of compensation you may be able to claim, depending on the circumstances of the accident and the injuries sustained. Some of the things that can be claimed under motor vehicle accidents include:
- Medical expenses: This includes any reasonable and necessary medical expenses related to the accident, such as hospital stays, doctor’s visits, prescription medication, rehabilitation and physiotherapy.
- Loss of income: If the accident results in the inability to work, or reduced capacity to work, motor vehicle accident compensation can cover lost income, past, present and future.
- Pain and suffering: Compensation for the pain and suffering experienced as a result of the injuries sustained in the accident can be claimed.
- Permanent impairment: If the accident results in a permanent impairment, such as a loss of function or disability, compensation can cover the loss of function or disability.
- Home care or domestic assistance: If the injuries sustained in the accident require ongoing care, compensation can be claimed for home care or domestic assistance.
- Travel expenses: If travel is required for medical treatment, compensation can be claimed for travel expenses.
- Legal expenses: Legal expenses incurred as part of the compensation claim can be claimed as part of the compensation claim.
It’s important to note that the specific types of benefits available and the process for making a claim can vary depending on the state or territory in which the accident occurred and the nature of the accident. Seeking legal advice from an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you understand your rights and entitlements and how to pursue a motor vehicle accident compensation claim.
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Motor vehicle accidents can result in a range of injuries that can be claimed under a compensation claim. Some of the injuries that can be claimed from a motor vehicle accident in Australia include:
- Whiplash injuries: Whiplash injuries occur when the neck and head are violently whipped back and forth, causing damage to the soft tissues in the neck. This is a common injury in rear-end car accidents.
- Head and brain injuries: Head and brain injuries can range from mild concussions to more severe traumatic brain injuries, which can have lifelong consequences.
- Spinal cord injuries: Spinal cord injuries can result in partial or complete paralysis, and may require ongoing medical treatment and rehabilitation.
- Broken bones: Broken bones are a common injury in car accidents and can range from minor fractures to more severe breaks.
- Soft tissue injuries: Soft tissue injuries can include sprains, strains, and bruises, and can cause ongoing pain and discomfort.
- Internal injuries: Internal injuries can occur when the body’s internal organs are damaged, such as internal bleeding or damage to organs like the liver, spleen or kidneys.
- Psychological injuries: Motor vehicle accidents can also cause psychological injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety or depression.
It’s important to note that this is not an exhaustive list and the types of injuries that can be claimed can vary depending on the specific circumstances of the accident.
The simple answer is yes. Different states have different time limits in relation to motor vehicle accident claims. It is advised to submit your claim as soon as possible to avoid any time-sensitive file lodgements. Our expert motor vehicle lawyers will be able to tell you when the best time to lodge your claim is and if there are any applicable time limits for your case.
This depends on your situation and the details of your case. It can take anywhere from one to three years to receive any compensation. It may take longer because:
- Injuries sustained in the accident have not stabilised or resolved.
- Difficulties negotiating your compensation claim with the applicable insurance company.
- Court delays – if your claim needs to go to court
Once LHD Lawyer has looked over all aspects of your case, they will be able to give you a rough estimate of how long it will take for you to receive any compensation entitlements.
Regardless of your financial situation, LHD Lawyers believe every Australian is entitled to have their compensation claim properly represented. We believe this so strongly that our claims are backed by our No Win No Fee policy on all compensation claims we manage. You don’t pay a cent unless we win your motor vehicle compensation claim!
If you or a family member have been involved in a motor vehicle accident and believe you are entitled to compensation, give us a call on 1800 455 725 to arrange a free consultation.
You may be entitled to make a motor vehicle accident injury claim if:
- You were the injured in a motor vehicle crash as a driver, passenger, pedestrian or cyclist.
- You are immediately related to a family member who died in a motor vehicle accident that you financially depended on.
You may not be able to claim if:
- If you were totally at fault (even if you were injured).
- If the person at fault was not in a motor vehicle (i.e they were a pedestrian or on a bike)
- If the person at fault was from a different state to yourself.
We understand there are often many factors at circumstances when it comes to motor vehicle accident claims, and no two incidents are alike. If you would like to discuss your claim with us to determine whether you have a case for compensation, please request a free consultation with us.
Determining fault is the first priority. Before a claim can be pursued, we must first establish who was at fault and by what degree.
- Take statements from the drivers and those involved
- Both drivers need to complete a formal statement detailing their take of the accident. Passengers and witnesses may also be required to complete a statement in order to validate the claim further.
If you were partially responsible for the accident, you may still have a claim. However, the degree of your ‘partial’ involvement in the accident will influence the amount of motor vehicle accident compensation you will be entitled to claim.
Not at Fault: You were obiding by all road rules and safety measures in the events leading up to and during the incident.
Partially at Fault: You were abiding by most road rules, except one or a combination of the following:
- Not wearing a seatbelt (or helmet for bikes/motorcycles)
- Under the influence of alcohol
- Not exhibiting reasonable road awareness
Totally at Fault: The driver showed a significant lack of road awareness, negligence and disregard for road rules and safety which directly resulted in the crash and your injuries.
You may know at heart you were not responsible, and are suffering due to another driver’s negligence. Proving this, however, takes a deep knowledge of the NSW legal system and how motor vehicle insurance companies handle claims. If you’re suffering from a motor vehicle accident injury that was not your fault and need help claiming compensation, please request a free consultation with us.
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident in Australia, seeking the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer can be vital in obtaining the compensation you deserve. Here are some reasons why you might choose LHD Lawyers for your motor vehicle accident claim:
- Expertise in motor vehicle accident claims: LHD Lawyers has a team of lawyers who specialize in personal injury claims, including motor vehicle accidents. They have the expertise and knowledge needed to navigate the complex legal system and help you get the compensation you are entitled to.
- Proven track record: LHD Lawyers has a proven track record of success in representing clients in motor vehicle accident compensation claims. They have helped many clients obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries and losses.
- Compassionate approach: LHD Lawyers understands that being involved in a motor vehicle accident can be a traumatic experience. They take a compassionate approach to every case, working closely with clients to understand their unique needs and concerns.
- Personalised service: LHD Lawyers provides personalized service, tailoring their approach to each client’s individual needs and circumstances. They keep clients informed throughout the claims process, providing regular updates and advice.
- No win, no fee: LHD Lawyers operates on a no win, no fee basis for personal injury claims, including motor vehicle accidents. This means that clients only pay legal fees if their claim is successful, providing peace of mind and financial security.
By choosing LHD Lawyers for your motor vehicle accident claim, you can have confidence that you are in good hands, and that your claim will be handled with the utmost professionalism, care and attention to detail.