How do you make a Personal Injury Claim?
By GC Law08 Jul 2013
Some people think they can handle their own claim for compensation. The problem is they will never recover the full compensation to which they’re entitled because they don’t know the law.
If you receive a Personal Injury in a public place such as a shopping centre, public car park or workplace environment, it can be quite embarrassing, not to mention painful, however if that injury leaves you out of work and not able to do what you enjoy, commencing a claim for compensation is necessary to help pay your medical bills and take the weight off your shoulders.
So, how long do I have to claim compensation?
In Queensland you have up to three (3) years from your date of injury to commence a claim for compensation. It is important though to speak to a lawyer well before the expiration of this time limit, as there are pre-court procedures that both the lawyer and you must follow prior to commencing a claim for compensation.
If you wait too long before commencing court proceedings you may result in your claim being statute barred. This means you will lose your right to claim compensation forever.
Sometimes different rules apply if there is a late diagnosis of your injury or for injuries which are sustained over period of time. This is why you need to have the advice and support of your GC Law specialist.
It is vital that you obtain legal advice about the limitation date for your injury as soon as possible.
There is also a risk that if you wait too long, your claim will not be accepted by the Insurance Company.
Who is entitled?
If you have been injured as a result of another person’s negligence then you must report the incident.
This includes accidents caused:
- by a motor vehicle including motorcycles;
- at work; or
- in a public place.
If you have been injured in any of the above circumstances, you may be entitled to seek a claim for damages.
Contact the specialised GC Law team of Personal Injury Lawyers today on 1300 302 318.
We’ll discuss your case and advise on if you have a claim for compensation.
You can also check out our Free Case Review page to start your claim process. Our team of Gold Coast based lawyers will advise on your case within 12 hours of receiving your information.
At GC Law, we are here for you.