Personal injury laws are in place in Australia to both protect and compensate individuals who have been injured as a result of an accident or mishap that wasn’t their fault. Personal injury pertains to actual bodily harm, and that’s where it differs from property damage.
Unfortunately many Australians seem to be far more aware of protection measures against property damage than they are regarding their rights to personal injury claims.
If we crash our car, the first thing we do is contact the insurance company to claim damages against our policy. However, if we get injured while out and about, many of us simply write it off as something unfortunate that happened and leave it at that.
All Australians have a right to fair and reasonable personal injury compensation. Just as you have a right to claim damages against your insurance company for property damage, you have the same right to claim for injuries to your person, your emotional and psychological state as a result of an accident, and also for any loss of income that has arisen due to your inability to earn money while incapacitated.
How Do You Know If You Have a Valid Claim?
Unless you’re a lawyer or an expert in the law pertaining to personal injuries, you likely won’t know anything for sure until you speak with someone who does know.
If you know a friend, family member or colleague who suffered a personal injury and made a successful claim for compensation, you could have a chat with them and discover the processes they took to reach a satisfying conclusion.
The very best course of action you can take is to make an appointment with a personal injury law firm, as they are specialists when it comes to these types of insurance claims. They deal with the big insurance companies on a daily basis, along with a variety of personal injury claims.
Your lawyer will be able to sit down with you in the first instance to discuss your case and decide whether there is a chance of winning a compensation claim. Everyone’s circumstances and accident are a little different, so there is no “one size fits all” solution. The only way to know anything for certain is to chat with an expert.
Most specialist law firms offer a first consultation absolutely free of charge with no obligation. This means you have nothing to risk by taking the time to find out where you stand.
Can You Afford To Make a Claim?
This is likely something that stops many people from approaching a professional to give them assistance with making a claim.
We conjure up images of expensive upfront fees the moment the thought of enlisting the aid of a lawyer enters our heads.
Well, here’s some good news.
One thing that many law firms who specialise in personal injury law seem to have in common – apart from the first consultation for free – is the “no win no fee” guarantee.
What does this mean for the average person wanting to make a claim?
Your lawyer will assess your case and, if they feel they have a very good chance of a positive outcome, they’ll take on your case and only subtract their fee once compensation has been awarded.
If they fail to win your case, you owe them nothing.
Once again, there’s really no risk to you when it comes to getting in touch with a lawyer and discussing your injury and the circumstances surrounding it.
It’s all about peace of mind. Law firms realise they need to offer this so potential claimants are confident enough to come forward without fear of being bombarded with fees the moment they walk through the law firm’s doors.
There are many circumstances where you might suffer an accident and personal injury results. Most of the time you can actually claim for compensation, such as slipping over inside a supermarket, being injured on council ground, an accident involving a motor vehicle and much more.
If you do get injured, don’t be afraid to look into options for compensation, as it’s your right to be compensated for any physical, emotional or monetary damage that results from your mishap.