Looking for a lawyer for car accidents? If so, you’re in the right place. A person injured in a motor vehicle accident can claim compensation if the accident was the fault of another driver.
It is important to remember that the accident must be reported to police within 24 hours. Find out more about making a personal injury claim with the car accident lawyers at Owen Hodge. If you’re looking for the law firm Sydney residents trust, look no further.
Can you get compensation after a car accident?
Yes. If you’ve been involved in a not-at-fault accident, you may be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries. A ‘not-at-fault’ accident is where you didn’t cause the accident and you can identify the driver/person who is responsible.
What injuries can you claim for after a car accident?
- Head/brain injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Broken or fractured bones
- Burns and scarring
- Spinal cord injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Psychological injuries
If you are suffering from any of these motor vehicle or car accident injuries, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with a car accident attorney lawyer at Owen Hodge.
Who can claim for car accident compensation?
In a motor vehicle accident, it’s not just the driver or passenger that can claim. There are a number of persons that may also be eligible, these include:
- A driver or passenger
- A cyclist injured by a vehicle
- A pedestrian injured by a vehicle
- A passenger injured by a bus, train or tram
- A person whose family member has suffered psychological trauma
- A person, on behalf of a child
- A worker injured in any kind of work vehicle
- An eligible person, on behalf of a deceased person involved in the accident
- Fatal car accidents
- Hit and run compensation
- Truck & taxi accident compensation
- Pedestrian accidents
- Motorbike accidents
What happens in a car accident without insurance?
Accidents where you are not at fault and have injuries, and the other driver is uninsured present their own unique challenges. In this situation you could still get coverage for your injuries via your insurance, however if both parties involved in the situation do not have insurance than neither party can make a claim.
How to make a car accident compensation claim
The Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 covers people injured in motor vehicle accidents from 5 October 1999.
To make a claim for personal injury benefits, you can use your Services NSW account to apply online. You can also apply by completing an ‘Application for personal injury benefits’ which can be obtained by some hospitals or you can contact your CTP insurer directly.
How long after an accident can you file an insurance claim in Australia?
There are a number of forms that need to be completed and lodged within specific time frames, so you should see your car accident lawyer to fill out the correct forms as soon as possible.
While you can file a personal injury claim up to three months after the accident, the real deadline to keep in mind is 28 days as this is the time limit to report the incident to police, which will usually be required for your personal injury claim.
Learn more: personal injury claim time limits
How much compensation do you get for a car accident in Australia?
How much compensation you receive from a not-at-fault car accident is determined on a case-by-case basis, so we cannot give you an exact figure. However, with the help of a car accident lawyer, persons injured in a motor vehicle accident can get the following compensation:
- Reasonable and necessary medical expenses incurred as a result of injuries
- Loss of wages for any time for which the injured person is off work because of the injuries
- The cost of help in the home (if required) because of the injuries beyond the first five days after the accident
- Rehabilitation expenses
- In some cases, a lump sum for pain, suffering and inconvenience if the level of disability meets the required threshold
- Future loss of earnings if appropriate
- Future medical and other expenses if necessary
Experienced car accident lawyers
Owen Hodge Lawyers have a team of personal injury lawyers who can advise and assist you with your car accident claim. Our car accident lawyers can help you to understand your entitlements and the amount of compensation that might be payable. Whether you’ve been involved in a pedestrian accident or wish to make a motorbike accident claim, we can guide you in the right direction.
If you need any assistance with this topic, please contact Owen Hodge’s specialist motor vehicle accident lawyers in Sydney.
Frequently asked questions
Usually it is quite easy to figure out who is at fault in a car accident. If an accident is caused because of a driver’s negligence, or if they did not take reasonable care when driving, then they are deemed at fault.
Contact your insurance.