The Claim Process From Start to Finish
This is how we handle your claim at GC Law.
STEP NUMBER 1: FREE NO OBLIGATION FIRST APPOINTMENT
When you first make an enquiry, we will listen to the facts of your case and advise you on the spot whether you have a good claim or not.
This phone call is a FREE, NO OBLIGATION chat that just helps us to get a feel for your claim.
If your claim sounds OK, then we’ll arrange a face to face appointment with a lawyer to discuss your claim in more detail. This appointment is also free.
STEP NUMBER 2: GIVING NOTICE OF THE CLAIM
For Car Accidents: We send a claim form to the CTP insurer of the vehicle that caused the accident.
For Work Accidents: We send a claim form to WorkCover once you’ve finished your treatment, your injuries are stable and stationery and you’ve been assessed by a WorkCover doctor for permanent impairment.
For Public Liability Claims: We send a claim form to the person who is considered at fault for the accident.
STEP NUMBER 3: OBTAINING EVIDENCE
We obtain medical reports from your treating doctors and physiotherapists and make appointments for you to be examined by our doctors for medico legal purposes. You may also have to undergo medical examination for the other side.
We obtain evidence about your out of pocket expenses - past and future.
We request copies of tax returns and letters from past employers to help prove your claim for loss of income.
STEP NUMBER 4: GOING TO A SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE
Most claims are settled at a settlement conference. This is a meeting between us and the other side, during which offers of settlement are traded backwards and forwards. Usually a fair compromise can be reached. You are required to attend the settlement conference with us.
If there is no agreement at the settlement conference, then we file proceedings in Court.
99% of the claims we handle are settled without going to Court.