If you have sustained an injury in a public place or at your workplace, due to another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation in situations where you are unable to remain active. These are called Personal Injury Claims.

In the event of an injury, the experienced personal injury lawyers at Owen Hodge are here to help you make a claim for compensation.

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3 Types of Personal Injury Compensation Claims

  1. Work related injury claims – you might be entitled to claim for compensation for a work injury. Our injury at work lawyers can talk you through the process and work out a sum to which you could be entitled.
  2. Personal injury suffered due to medical negligence – you might be wondering to yourself, “how much compensation will I get for medical negligence?” If this is the case, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
  3. Claims for injury in car accident – want to know how to claim injury in car accident? Our car accident injury attorneys can help.

Whatever the circumstances, our injuries lawyers can see to it that you get the compensation to which you’re entitled.

Personal Injury Claim Timeline

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Steps to Make a Personal Injury Claim

In order to claim compensation for personal injury, you should comply with certain procedural requirements. A brief description of which has been given as follows:

Step 1: Report and notify about the accident and the injury sustained

The foremost essential requirement in the claim process, is to report and notify about the accident caused and the injury sustained by you to the relevant person or authority. Injuries sustained at the workplace should be reported to the employer. Our injury at work lawyers are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Similarly, if you are a victim of a motor vehicle accident, the police should be notified and a Traffic Incident Number (TIN) should be obtained. Our motor vehicle accident lawyers can tell you more about this. In case you have received a personal injury in a public place, you should declare your injury to the concerned local authority.

Step 2: Seek the advice of your Doctor

Medical and diagnostic reports, including medical certificates obtained from your doctor, are evidence which can actually support your claim. Therefore, consulting your doctor is imperative both for your well-being as well as for making a claim for compensation.

Step 3: Lodge a claim

You should lodge a compensation claim with the relevant authority in the appropriate manner. You may lodge a claim in the specified format to your employer if you are claiming for workers’ compensation.

To lodge a claim for a motor vehicle accident, you should apply in the specified format with the insurance company of the owner or the driver of the motor vehicle at fault. With regard to public liability claim, you should lodge your claim in a manner as specified by the insurance company of the person or the authority at fault.

Step 4: Seek legal advice

Seek legal advice from a personal injury specialist to be aware of your legal rights and entitlements in a personal injury claim, how to proceed with while making such a claim and how long the entire process might take.

A note about the acceptance or rejection of your claim: It might take up to 28 business days for your claim to be either accepted or rejected. In case your claim is accepted by the appropriate insurance company, you may receive:

  • a weekly wage, the amount of which depends on the State where the accident happened or the injury was caused;
  • out of pocket expenses;
  • repayment of your medical expenses; and
  • referrals to medical specialists and rehabilitation providers.

However, if your claim is rejected, explore the options available with your personal injury lawyers to advise you further on those options and how to obtain compensation. Your claim may be rejected due to non-disclosure or partial disclosure or wrongful disclosure of facts.

Step 5: Receive necessary medical treatment

You should get all the required medical treatment you need while pursuing a claim for personal injury.

Step 6: Settlement

Damages are awarded for the pain and suffering, loss of income, medical treatment expenses, domestic care and assistance and other losses which may arise in a particular claim. Seek your Solicitor’s advice in case you receive any monetary compensation against your claim for personal injury. This will prevent you both from relinquishing your right to a further claim of damages or receiving an amount less than your actual entitlements. Moreover, your Solicitor can assist you in obtaining other compensation by filing a Common Law claim.

Limitation to Make a Personal Injury Claim

Compensation claims for personal injury should be brought within 3 years from the date of occurrence of the injury. This 3 year period also includes your time for complying with the Pre-Court procedures that you ought to follow before commencing legal proceedings such as, informing the Police and/or lodging complaints with the appropriate authorities. Your failure to commence Court proceedings within the limitation period will take away your right to claim compensation.

If you’re looking for the law firm Sydney residents trust, look no further. You can bank on the advice of our personal injury lawyers Sydney. Contact us at Owen Hodge Lawyers on 1800 770 780 for any matter relating to your personal injury claim.

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