Car Compensation Claim
If you have suffered an injury in a car, truck, bus, motorbike or bicycle accident and need to make a compensation claim, it’s important you speak to a car accident lawyer as soon as possible.
You only have ‘one shot’ at making a claim.
When we finalise your claim, it’s on a ‘once and for all basis,’ meaning it’s virtually impossible for GC Law to re-open a completed claim for compensation. That’s why our Free Claim Review is a very important first step so that we can get all the facts surrounding the accident and obtain medical records.
What if I’m partly at fault?
If you feel you were partly responsible for your injuries or the crash, you may still be able to make a claim. However, the amount of compensation you can claim may be reduced. The following circumstances are examples of situations where you may be partly at fault;
- Not wearing a seatbelt
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
- Travelling in a vehicle with a driver who you know is under the influence of alcohol
- Driving at an unsafe speed
- Not wearing a helmet if you are riding a motorcycle or bicycle
How do you establish who is at fault?
Crashes can happen in the blink of an eye so it’s not uncommon for there to be some confusion on who was at fault and how it happened. While it may be clear to you who was at fault, just saying that isn’t enough for insurance companies. This is where a thorough investigation by a car accident lawyer can help you to determine the strength of your case.
Can I claim if I am an injured passenger?
Yes. You can make a car accident compensation claim if you were a passenger travelling in any vehicle involved in the accident.
This also applies for families who are passengers in a car driven by the husband, wife or another close family member or friend. When you make a compensation claim, you aren’t making it against the driver of the vehicle. You are making a claim against the CTP insurer of the vehicle.
Can I claim if I’m an injured pedestrian or cyclist?
Yes. If you were a pedestrian hit by a vehicle or a cyclist hit by a vehicle (this could also include a cyclist hitting an opening door of a vehicle).
How can GC Law compensation lawyers help you make a claim?
To give you an idea, the following information will provide you the steps we take to progress your car accident compensation claim.
Free phone consultation to get the facts
After you call us to discuss your situation, we will then have a list of facts of your case and a good idea on whether you have a good claim or not. If our car accident lawyers decide you have a strong enough claim; we’ll then arrange a face-to-face appointment with you to discuss your claim in more detail. Up until now, the phone call and appointment is free.
We give notice of your claim
For car accident compensation claims, we will send a claim form to the CTP (Compulsory Third Party) insurer of the vehicle that caused the accident.
Time to obtain evidence
A big part of claiming what you’re entitled to is justifying it with solid evidence.
Evidence can include;
- Medical reports from your treating doctors and physiotherapists
- Your out of pocket expenses for the past and future
Copies of tax returns and letters from past employers to help prove your claim for loss of income
We attend a settlement conference
At GC Law, 99% of our claims we handle are settled without going to Court. A settlement conference is not a court hearing. It’s a meeting you attend with your accident lawyer and the other side.
Offers are made in a settlement conference and usually a compromise can be reached. If this doesn’t happen, that’s when we file proceedings in Court.
What are my options if I can’t make a claim?
If you can’t claim compensation but require medical treatment or you are unable to work, there are other options available to you. These include;
- Sick leave
- Centrelink benefits
- Public Health System
- Other insurance policies or private health cover
We’ll help you explore all avenues to ensure you’re getting the best possible outcome.
Need to make a car accident compensation claim now?
Don’t keep procrastinating and get some professional legal advice now. Call GC Law lawyers on 1300 302 318 and we can help you get the compensation you’re entitled to.