There are many different ways in which individuals can sustain personal injury, other than in a motor vehicle accident or in the workplace. A few examples include:-

  • Complications due to medical negligence
  • Slip, fall and trip accidents in private or public places
  • Injuries caused by defective or faulty products
  • Accidents at private residences, parks and playgrounds
  • Accidents at school
  • Boating accidents
  • Injuries suffered while working as a contractor
  • Loss of financial support as a result of the death of another person
If you have been injured and there was fault on the part of someone else for your injury, then you may have a claim for compensation.

It is best to seek advice from an Injury Compensation Lawyer to assess whether or not you have a claim for compensation for your injuries.

As part of your compensation claim, you can claim for:-

  • Damages for pain and suffering (loss of enjoyment of life)
  • Past and future loss of wages and other income, including superannuation
  • Household and personal care and assistance provided by a friend or relative for free
  • Paid services for household assistance i.e. cleaner, gardener, ironing aid, car detailer, pool cleaner etc
  • Past & future out of pocket and medical expenses such as medications, rehabilitation, physiotherapy, surgery, ergonomic equipment and chiropractic treatment
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 pay 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 the accident occurred.

Every claim is unique in its circumstances, injuries and losses suffered. This makes it difficult to accurately predict the amount of compensation that an injured person will receive. It is important to speak to an experienced injury compensation lawyer for legal advice to protect the rights of you and your family.

Generally, you must bring a compensation claim within 3 years of the accident date. If you have not settled your claim with the Insurer or issued Court proceedings within 3 years of your date of injury/onset of condition, you will lose your legal right to compensation. The main exception to this rule is if the injured person is a child, in which case Court proceedings must be issued within 3 years of the child’s eighteenth birthday.

Before you can start any Court action, you must follow what are called pre-Court procedure steps. A Notice of Claim must be lodged with the person who caused your injury/condition either within 1 month of you first instructing a lawyer or 9 months from the date of your injury/onset of condition whichever comes first. If this is not done, you must then provide a reasonable excuse for delay.

If your claim is due to a medical incident you must serve an initial notice on the person/hospital responsible BEFORE you can lodge a Notice of Claim.

Time limits are extremely important. If you think your claim may be outside these time frames contact us urgently.

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Please contact our Personal Injury team for more information

Contact one of our Personal Injury team on 07 4122 1500 or complete the case review form now.