The Do’s and Don’ts for Injury Compensation and Negligence Claims

You need to know your rights to injury compensation. As our roads get busier the chances of suffering a road accident is increasing due to negligence. Many drivers, passengers and pedestrians who are injured in road accidents suffer serious injuries. These injuries are usually at the fault of another person. If an individual caused an accident even just slightly, they may be considered negligent. Liability can be split between parties or be ‘contributory’.make a claim accident injury compensation lawyer

Establishing negligence is not always an easy task, nor is proving it. As much evidence as possible is required, in order to support any accident injury compensation claim. Supporting documents might include police reports, medical reports, witness statements and so forth. An accident injury attorney is able to assess cases of negligence and it‘s wise not to make the call yourself. To get further free advice call 1300 188 784.

Road accident compensation will not only cover damages to your car but you may also be awarded damages for your injuries. In order for you to obtain your full injury compensation entitlements you may require an accident injury lawyer or vehicle injury lawyer. The road accident compensation granted will depend on the seriousness of the accident and extent of injuries.

Laws across Australia do vary and your entitlements will also depend on where the accident happened. You can contact a national injury helpline such as the Australian Injury Helpline who can connect you with a local specialist lawyer or law firm. Accidents can be categorised into different types such as claiming as a car accident as a driver or passenger, a pedestrian accident or a bike accident. Other road accidents may include truck accidents, bus accidents. If you have been injured off the road i.e. in a train accidents or an accident at work you may also have negligence claim entitlements.

You must follow the right procedures in order to ensure your accident injury claim runs smoothly.

Step one:  Get medical attention

The first step is to call an ambulance for urgent medical attention, even if you do not think you are badly injured. Your injuries may be worse then they seem.

Step two: Report the accident

You must report the accident to the police. This is extremely important and you need to do it straight away. Strict time limits apply and these vary between States. Contacting the police is the first legal step and an essential one. For information on time limits in each State call 1300 188 784.

Step three: Request details

Next get the details of the other driver including name, address, phone number, licence number and car rego number.

Step four: Gather evidence

If you are able to, take a photo of the accident spot. Cover areas that show distinct marks of the accident such as skid marks and anything else that may be useful to demonstrate how the accident happened. You can take photos of the damaged cars including the doors and windscreen.

Step five: Gather witnesses

If there are any witnesses to the accident, ask them for their contact details including their name and address. Their statement could prove very valuable to you.

Step 6: Get a thorough medical review

Ensure you receive proper medical attention and follow all advice given. If your symptoms change or your pain gets worse return to the hospital as quickly as possible. If in doubt get a second opinion. Injuries that are serious or long term will need to be closely monitored.

Step 7: Get advice

Contact an Accident Injury Compensation Helpline on 1300 188 784 for an independent review of your claim entitlements. You may require a lawyer to act on your behalf and injury helpline can connect you with a recommended lawyer if required. They may advise you of how to claim, send you claim forms to complete and provide assistance with completing accident claim forms.

Step 8: Lodge a claim

Claim forms must be completed and submitted within a given time frame. Again sooner rather than later is the best approach as you may lose your legal right to claim compensation depending on your State.

Insurance companies can sometimes try to find grounds of not paying. This is why it is best to get independent advice first so you are aware of what to do, what not to do and what your options are. For more information on Accident Injury Compensation and for free advice call 1300 188 784.

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