What should I do if I’m injured in a motor vehicle accident?
Andersons Solicitors, in Murray Bridge, are here to help – and they’re people first in every case.
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Currently, in South Australia, only around 26 per cent of people claiming compensation after being injured in a car accident are represented by a lawyer.
Most people accept settlement offers from insurers with no independent advice.
The issue with this is that claimants are often not receiving the full compensation they’re entitled to, and it’s important to note that once a settlement has been finalised there is no entitlement to further compensation down the track.
Did you know that you do not have to accept the insurer’s first offer?
You also shouldn’t accept an offer if you don’t think your injuries are stable or if your injuries have not been investigated properly.
You really have one chance to ensure your entitlements to compensation are fully explored, and that you receive everything you’re entitled to.
This is where seeing an experienced personal injury lawyer can help.
Andersons Solicitors, located on Seventh Street in Murray Bridge, have provided us with a few things you should know about making a car accident compensation claim.
What can I be compensated for?
The types of compensation you can seek include pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life; past and future care; past and future economic loss; loss of superannuation; and past and future medical expenses, including medication and travel.
The worth of the claim will be dependent on the extent of the impact of the injuries on your ability to undertake work and daily tasks, eg. light duties, reduced hours, inability to lift and carry heavy objects such as shopping bags or undertake cleaning.
The losses can be due to the physical and mental effects of the injuries.
How do I make a claim?
The claim should ideally be lodged within six months of the accident, however this is not critical – the critical limitation date is three years from the time of the accident.
You will also need to:
Obtain the driver’s name and registration number
Report the accident to police as soon as possible
Contact the CTP regulator, or visit their website to find out who insurers the vehicle at fault
Visit your doctor to report your injuries and request a CTP insurance claim medical certificate which is required as part of the claim form
Keep records of the accident, any witnesses, any expenses incurred and assistance required.
Why should you see a lawyer?
Andersons offers a free, no-obligation first interview which lasts about 30 minutes.
The purpose of the meeting is to understand your personal situation, provide you with details of the process and expected costs.
From here, you can make an informed decision about how to proceed, with no obligation to engage the lawyer after that initial meeting.
As the meeting is free, you really have nothing to lose.
More information: Speak with Suzanne Pinyon, personal injury partner at Andersons, by calling 8238 6666 or visiting andersons.com.au.
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