Most people have heard of personal injury law, but do not know what it actually means and many injured people are unaware of their legal entitlements.
If you have been hurt, either physically or psychologically, you may be entitled to compensation. The amount and type of payments and damages that you can claim will depend on the circumstances of the accident and injury. Injuries can put a lot of emotional and financial stress on you and your family, as well as cause significant upheaval.
We advocate for your rights to ensure you get the help and support you to which you are entitled.
Many injuries occur in public places. You may slip in a shopping centre or supermarket, you may fall due to a poorly lit driveway, you may trip on a badly maintained cricket pitch, you may be knocked over by a shopping trolley on a travelator, you may get hit by a piece of faulty gym equipment, you may have a TV camera trolley run into you whilst at the football – these are just some of our cases that we have achieved a great result for our client. If you sustain an injury in circumstances whereby another party is at fault, you may be entitled to compensation through their public liability insurance. We will thoroughly investigate and prepare your matter in order to promote a speedy resolution with the best result possible for you.
Disability & Superannuation Claims
If an injury or illness has left you unable to work, you may be able to claim through your superannuation insurance. Even if you have received or are receiving compensation through other means, you may still be eligible for a Total and Permanent Disablement lump sum payment or income protection payments. If you do not have this insurance coverage on your superannuation insurance, you may be able to gain early access to your superannuation funds. We assist you by going through the criteria listed in your superannuation insurance product disclosure statement and preparing the necessary documents in support of your claim and actively working to ensure you receive your payment as quickly as possible.
Victims of Crime
If you have been affected by a crime committed in Victoria, the Victims of Crime Compensation Scheme can provide you with financial assistance for treatment, including counselling and medical expenses, safety-related expenses, loss or damage to clothing worn at the time of the incident and loss of wages. Primary victims may also claim an award of special financial assistance in recognition of the harm suffered as a result of the crime. We go through the various categories of compensation with you and put together your claim for consideration by the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT).
If you suffer a work-related injury or illness, you are entitled to make a Workers Compensation Claim. This includes full time and part time employees, as well as employees who may be casual, seasonal, on work experience or have more than one job. It is not always easy to navigate the claim process and we are here to assist and advise you to make sure that you receive the right compensation. We explain how the legal and workers compensation systems work and what is needed to do to ensure that you get all the help available. We take a proactive approach from the start to gather all of the information needed so that you are in the best position possible to pursue your legal rights.
In Victoria, when you register a vehicle you pay a premium that then goes towards the cost of the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) scheme, which provides compensation for people who have been injured as a result of a motor vehicle. This includes drivers, passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, public transport passengers – even if you believe that you may have been at fault. If you are injured interstate, but the vehicle involved was registered in Victoria, you can lodge a claim with TAC. If the vehicle was not registered, you may still have an entitlement to benefits. We help by guiding you through the process and using our expertise to achieve the most favourable outcome for you.
You may be able to claim compensation if you suffer physical or psychological harm or financial loss as a result of negligent medical treatment. You have to show that the standard of care fell short of what would be reasonably expected of a medical practitioner and that the failure to provide the expected standard of care caused you to suffer harm or loss. Some examples include negligent surgery causing further damage, making an existing medical condition worse, failing to provide appropriate follow up treatment or advice and failure to advise of risks. We help you by gathering the evidence and preparing your case to secure a positive resolution.
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