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Serious Accident

When you have a long-term or life-changing injury you need financial support. Make a claim for an accident that wasn’t your fault and let us support your recovery.

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If you’ve suffered a serious, long-term or life-changing injury, you deserve all the support you can get. We can help you recover any compensation you may be owed.

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Our team is committed to helping you through this difficult time. We will take care of all aspects of your claim so you can focus on your recovery.

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Accident Claims Lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve for catastrophic injuries such as neck trauma, spinal damage, head or brain injury, amputation, or other life-altering conditions brought on by an accident that wasn’t your fault. Our team is experienced in dealing with all sorts of injuries from accidents at home, work or on the road; and will work with you to ensure you get the financial compensation you need.

Contact our team today and let us help you with the financial support, so you can focus on getting better

Why do I need a lawyer?

Claims can be complex, particularly in cases of catastrophic injury when there may be multiple costs to factor in from many different sources. In addition, you may be required to prove certain details from your accident, such as demonstrating who was at fault. Our legal specialists deal with hundreds of cases a year and understand the many factors that could be involved in your case.

We can help you get a fair answer and ensure you receive the full amount of compensation that you’re entitled to.

How much compensation could I get?

Compensation is awarded based on your needs, as recommended by professionals who are familiar with your condition. This can include everything from your initial medical bills and care costs to specialist equipment or home modification required to help you experience the best quality of life during and after your recovery. We will also consider any loss of earnings you may suffer as a result of your injuries and for pain and suffering endured.

Our goal is to establish the financial burden that your injury has had on your life and recover that amount. We look at your predicted life path before the accident and calculate a value based on the difference you experience now. We want to help you to get back, as close as possible, to where you should be.

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Initial advice is free

Your first consultation with Accident Claims Lawyers is free of charge. A legal professional will sit down with you – at your home or hospital if mobility is an issue – and listen to your side of the story. We will then advise you on what you may be able to claim.

Following this consultation, if you choose to proceed, we can begin the legal process and work with you throughout your entire claim to ensure you reach a solution that you are happy with.

So book an appointment with Accident Claims Lawyers today and find out how we can help make your recovery easier.

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Bethany Leddin

Bethany Leddin

I was admitted as a Lawyer in Victoria in 2016 working in Melbourne as a Personal Injury Lawyer. At the beginning of 2022 I made

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If you’re involved in a serious accident in Australia, there are several crucial steps you should take to protect your claim and ensure your rights are preserved:

Ensure Safety: Firstly, make sure you and anyone else involved are safe. Move to a safe area if possible and turn on hazard lights to warn other road users.

Call Emergency Services: Dial 000 immediately if there are any injuries, threats to life, or significant property damage. The police and ambulance services will respond as needed.

Seek Medical Attention: Even if you don’t think you are seriously injured, it’s important to get checked by a medical professional. Some injuries, particularly internal ones, may not be immediately apparent.

Report the Accident to the Police: In cases of serious accidents, it’s mandatory to report the incident to the police. Obtain a copy of the police report as it’s an important document for your claim.

Gather Evidence at the Scene: If it’s safe and you’re able to do so, take photos or videos of the accident scene, including vehicle positions, damage, road conditions, and any relevant street signs or signals.

Exchange Information: Get the names, contact details, insurance information, and vehicle registration details of all parties involved in the accident. However, avoid discussing fault or liability at the scene.

Identify Witnesses: If there are witnesses, get their contact details as their statements can be valuable for your claim.

Notify Your Insurance Company: Inform your insurer about the accident as soon as possible. Be honest and factual about the incident, but avoid admitting fault or liability until you have legal advice.

Keep Records of Everything: Document everything related to the accident and your injuries. This includes medical reports, expenses, police reports, communication with insurance companies, and a diary of your physical and emotional state post-accident.

Seek Legal Advice: Contact a personal injury lawyer experienced in handling serious accident claims in Australia. At Accident Claims Lawyers  we can provide guidance on your rights, help you understand the claims process, and represent you in negotiations with insurance companies or in court.

Avoid Social Media: Be cautious about what you post on social media regarding the accident. Insurance companies and lawyers may access your social media profiles, and your posts could impact your claim.

Follow Medical Advice: Adhere strictly to the treatment plan prescribed by your healthcare providers, as failing to do so could be used to argue that you didn’t take reasonable steps to mitigate the impact of your injuries.

Taking these steps can significantly impact the strength and success of your claim following a serious accident in Australia. Remember, each step not only helps in building a strong case but also ensures that your health and legal rights are prioritised.

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A lawyer can provide invaluable assistance in handling your serious accident claim in Australia. Here’s how they can help:

Expert Legal Advice: Lawyers can explain the legal process, your rights, and what compensation you might be entitled to. They can guide you through the complexities of Australian personal injury law.

Evaluating Your Claim: They can assess the strength of your claim, including determining liability and estimating the potential compensation based on your injuries and other losses.

Gathering Evidence: Lawyers can help gather and organise the necessary evidence to support your claim, including medical records, police reports, witness statements, and expert testimonies.

Dealing with Insurance Companies: Lawyers are experienced in negotiating with insurance companies and can advocate on your behalf to ensure that you receive a fair settlement.

Representation in Court: If your case goes to court, a lawyer can represent you, handle all legal proceedings, and work to achieve the best possible outcome.

Maximising Your Compensation: They can help ensure that all aspects of your claim are considered, including current and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any other relevant damages.

Managing Timelines and Paperwork: Personal injury claims involve strict deadlines and extensive paperwork. A lawyer can manage these administrative tasks, ensuring that your claim complies with all legal requirements.

Providing Peace of Mind: Knowing you have a professional handling your claim can provide peace of mind, allowing you to focus on your recovery.

Objective Viewpoint: A lawyer can provide an objective perspective on your case, helping you make informed decisions without the influence of stress or emotion.

Negotiating Settlements: If a settlement is offered, your lawyer can advise whether it’s fair and negotiate for a better offer if necessary.

It’s important to choose a lawyer who has experience with personal injury claims in Australia, particularly with serious accidents, as they will have a deeper understanding of the specific laws and processes relevant to your case.

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Yes, in Western Australia, you can still make a serious accident claim even if the incident was partially your fault, thanks to the legal principle of comparative negligence. Here’s what you need to know:

Comparative Negligence: This principle allows you to recover compensation even if you are partly to blame for the accident. However, your compensation will be reduced by the percentage of fault attributed to you.

Determining Fault: The degree of fault for each party involved in the accident is assessed based on the circumstances of the incident. This assessment will influence the amount of compensation you can receive.

Proportional Compensation: For example, if you are found to be 30% at fault for the accident, your compensation will be reduced by 30%. This means you would receive 70% of the total compensation amount determined for your claim.

Insurance Claims: The Insurance Commission of Western Australia (ICWA) handles motor vehicle accident claims in the state. They will consider the details of the accident and the extent of your injuries, even if you are partly at fault.

Legal Thresholds: Some types of compensation, particularly for pain and suffering, may have legal thresholds that need to be met. This can be influenced by the extent of your fault in the accident.

Seek Legal Advice: It is advisable to consult with a personal injury lawyer who can guide you through the process, help determine the extent of your liability, and work to maximize the compensation you can receive.

Honesty in Claims: When making your claim, it’s important to be honest and forthcoming about the circumstances of the accident, including any role you may have played in it. Misrepresenting facts can lead to a denial of your claim or legal penalties.

Time Limits: Be mindful of the time limits for making a claim. In Western Australia, personal injury claims typically have a time limit of three years from the date of the accident.

Remember, even if you share some of the blame for the accident, you still have the right to seek compensation for your injuries and losses. The process may be more complex, but a personal injury lawyer can help navigate these complexities and work towards a fair outcome.

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Deciding whether to accept an initial settlement offer for a serious accident claim in Australia requires careful consideration. Here are several factors to take into account:

Adequacy of the Offer: Evaluate whether the offer adequately covers all your current and future expenses related to the accident. This includes medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, future loss of earnings, pain and suffering, and any other damages.

Understanding the Full Extent of Your Injuries: It’s important to understand the full extent of your injuries and their long-term impact before accepting any offer. Settlements are final, so accepting an offer too early might mean you miss out on compensation for issues that emerge later.

Legal Advice: Consult with a personal injury lawyer before accepting any settlement. At Accident Claims Lawyers we can assess the offer’s fairness, negotiate on your behalf, and ensure that all potential costs and losses are considered.

Insurance Company Tactics: Be aware that insurance companies may offer a lower initial settlement to close the case quickly and economically. Their offer may not fully reflect the true value of your claim.

Negotiation Potential: Remember that initial offers are typically starting points for negotiation. You usually have the opportunity to negotiate for a higher amount.

Financial Needs: Consider your immediate financial needs, but balance them against the potential for greater compensation if you negotiate or go to trial.

Risks and Time of Litigation: Litigation can be lengthy and uncertain. Evaluate if the certainty of an immediate settlement outweighs the potential benefits of a larger award through litigation.

Terms of the Settlement: Understand all the terms of the settlement. Some settlements may have conditions attached, such as confidentiality clauses or waivers of future claims related to the accident.

Personal Circumstances: Consider your personal circumstances, such as the need for ongoing medical treatment, your ability to work, and the impact of the accident on your daily life.

Statutory Benefits and Entitlements: Be aware of your statutory entitlements under Australian law, as these may influence the settlement process and what you can reasonably expect to receive.

It’s generally advisable to take your time and not rush into accepting the first offer. Utilise legal expertise to guide you through the process, ensuring that any settlement adequately compensates for the harm you’ve suffered and supports your future needs.

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The time it takes to resolve a serious accident claim in Australia can vary widely depending on several factors. Generally, it can range from a few months to several years. Here are some key factors that influence the duration:

Complexity of the Case: Complex cases, particularly those involving severe injuries, disputes over fault, or intricate legal issues, can take longer to resolve.

Severity of Injuries: The extent and nature of injuries significantly impact the timeline. Claims are often not settled until the full extent of the injuries is known, and the victim has reached maximum medical improvement.

Negotiation Process: The duration of negotiations with insurance companies or other parties can vary. While some may settle relatively quickly, others may involve prolonged negotiations, especially if liability or the compensation amount is contested.

Legal Proceedings: If the claim goes to court, the process can take much longer due to the complexities of litigation, including trial preparation, court schedules, and potential appeals.

Efficiency of Parties Involved: The responsiveness of all parties, including insurance companies, medical providers, and legal teams, can affect how quickly the claim is processed.

Settlement Discussions: Willingness of both parties to engage in settlement discussions and reach a compromise can expedite the process.

Specific State or Territory Laws: Different states and territories in Australia have varying procedures and regulations for handling serious accident claims, which can impact the timeline.

Rehabilitation and Recovery: The time it takes for the injured party to undergo treatment and rehabilitation can also influence the settlement timeline, as it impacts the assessment of long-term impacts and compensation needs.

For straightforward cases with clear liability and agreed-upon compensation, the process might be resolved within months. However, for more complicated cases, especially those requiring court intervention, it could take several years to reach a conclusion.

Given the complexities and variations in each case, consulting with a personal injury lawyer experienced in Australian law is advisable. They can provide a more accurate estimate based on your specific situation and ensure that your rights are adequately represented throughout the process.

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In Australia, if you’re involved in a serious accident and pursuing a claim, there are various types of financial support and compensation that you might be eligible for, depending on the specifics of your case. These can include:

Medical Expenses: Compensation for medical treatment costs, including hospital fees, surgeries, medications, physiotherapy, rehabilitation services, and any future medical expenses related to your injuries.

Loss of Income and Earning Capacity: If your injuries prevent you from working, you can claim for lost wages. This also extends to future loss of income if your ability to work is impacted in the long-term.

Pain and Suffering: Also known as non-economic loss, this compensation is for the physical pain and emotional suffering caused by the accident. This might include compensation for a decreased quality of life or loss of enjoyment in life due to the injuries.

Home and Vehicle Modifications: If your injuries require modifications to your home or vehicle (such as wheelchair ramps, special beds, or vehicle hand controls), these costs can be included in your claim.

Care and Assistance: Costs for care and assistance, even by family members, can be claimed. This includes compensation for services you can no longer perform yourself, like household chores or personal care.

Out-of-Pocket Expenses: This covers any direct expenses incurred due to the accident, such as travel costs for medical appointments, hiring of equipment, and other related costs.

Legal Costs: In some cases, part of your legal expenses can be recovered as part of the claim.

Funeral Expenses: In the unfortunate event of a fatality, the deceased’s family can claim for funeral expenses and potentially other forms of compensation.

Punitive Damages: While less common in Australian law compared to other jurisdictions like the United States, punitive damages may be awarded in cases of egregious negligence to punish the wrongdoer.

Psychological Counselling: If the accident has resulted in psychological trauma, the costs for psychological treatment or counselling can also be claimed.

Each state and territory in Australia have its own specific laws and regulations governing compensation for serious accidents. Therefore, the availability and extent of these types of compensation can vary depending on where the accident occurred.

It’s highly recommended to consult with a personal injury lawyer who is experienced in Australian law, and specifically the laws of the state or territory where the accident occurred, to get a detailed understanding of the types of compensation you can seek and to ensure that you receive the full amount to which you are entitled.

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Determining the validity of a serious accident claim in Western Australia involves several key considerations. To assess whether you have a valid claim, you should consider the following factors:

Negligence: Establishing that another party was negligent and at fault is crucial. Negligence means that the other party failed to take reasonable care to avoid causing injury or loss. This could involve reckless driving, speeding, driving under the influence, or other breaches of road safety rules.

Injury or Loss: There must be a demonstrable injury or loss as a result of the accident. This includes physical injuries, psychological trauma, property damage, loss of income, and other quantifiable losses.

Evidence: Having evidence to support your claim is essential. This can include police reports, medical records, witness statements, photos or videos of the accident scene, and any other documentation that can substantiate your claim.

Time Limits: Be aware of the time limits for filing a claim. In Western Australia, personal injury claims typically must be filed within three years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within this period can invalidate your claim.

Connection Between Accident and Injury: There needs to be a clear link between the accident and the injuries or losses you suffered. Medical evidence is crucial in establishing this connection.

Insurance and Compensation Laws: Understand the relevant insurance and compensation laws in Western Australia. For instance, claims often go through the Insurance Commission of Western Australia (ICWA) for motor vehicle accidents.

Legal Thresholds: For some types of compensation, particularly for pain and suffering, your injuries may need to meet certain severity thresholds.

Contributory Negligence: If you were partly at fault for the accident, it doesn’t necessarily bar you from making a claim, but it may reduce the amount of compensation you can receive.

Advice from a Personal Injury Lawyer: Consult with a personal injury lawyer who is experienced in Western Australian law. At Accident Claims Lawyers we can provide a professional evaluation of your case, help you understand your legal rights, and guide you through the process of making a claim.

Insurance Policy Terms: If the claim involves dealing with insurance companies, understanding the terms of the relevant insurance policies is important. This can influence the nature and extent of compensation you may be entitled to.

Remember, each case is unique, and the validity of your claim will depend on the specific circumstances surrounding your accident. Getting a professional legal opinion is often the best course of action to accurately determine the strength and validity of your claim.

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Motor vehicle accidents in Western Australia, as in other regions, can result in a range of serious injuries. The nature and severity of these injuries often depend on factors such as the type of accident, the speed at which the vehicles were traveling, whether the occupants were wearing seatbelts, and the safety features of the vehicle. Common serious injuries include:

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs): These can range from mild concussions to severe brain damage. TBIs can result in long-term cognitive, emotional, and physical impairments.

Spinal Cord Injuries: These injuries can lead to partial or complete paralysis (paraplegia or quadriplegia). They often have life-altering consequences, requiring long-term care and assistance.

Fractures and Broken Bones: Serious fractures, especially to the pelvis, legs, arms, and ribs, are common. Some fractures can be complex and require surgical intervention and prolonged rehabilitation.

Internal Injuries: Blunt trauma from accidents can cause internal injuries, such as internal bleeding, organ damage, or punctured lungs. These injuries can be life-threatening and require immediate medical attention.

Whiplash and Neck Injuries: Whiplash is a common injury in rear-end collisions, causing pain and damage to the muscles and ligaments in the neck. In severe cases, it can lead to chronic pain and disability.

Amputations: In severe accidents, victims may suffer traumatic amputation of limbs or require surgical amputation due to extensive injury to a limb.

Burns: These can occur in accidents involving fires or explosions and can range from minor to severe, potentially leading to scarring, disfigurement, and the need for skin grafts.

Psychological Trauma: Accidents can also lead to significant psychological impact, including conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression.

Soft Tissue Injuries: These include injuries to muscles, tendons, and ligaments. While some soft tissue injuries can be minor, others can be severe and lead to long-term pain and disability.

Back Injuries: Serious back injuries, including herniated discs and spinal fractures, can cause chronic pain and limit mobility.

It’s important for victims of motor vehicle accidents to seek immediate medical attention, as some serious injuries may not be immediately apparent. The long-term impact of these injuries can be significant, often necessitating ongoing medical treatment, rehabilitation, and potentially impacting the victim’s ability to return to work or engage in previous activities. In cases of serious injury, it may also be advisable to consult with a personal injury lawyer to explore options for compensation and support.

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Under Australian law, the definition of a “serious accident” can vary depending on the context and the specific legislation being referred to. However, generally, a serious accident in the context of motor vehicle accidents usually involves one or more of the following elements:

Serious Injuries: This typically includes injuries that are life-threatening, result in significant long-term impairment or disfigurement, or require extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation. Examples include spinal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, amputations, and other severe trauma.

Fatalities: Any accident resulting in the death of one or more individuals is considered a serious accident.

Significant Property Damage: Accidents that result in substantial property damage, such as the total destruction of a vehicle or significant damage to infrastructure, can also be classified as serious.

Involvement of Vulnerable Road Users: Accidents involving pedestrians, cyclists, or motorcyclists are often considered more serious due to the higher risk of significant injury to these more vulnerable road users.

Hazardous Material Release: If the accident involves the release of hazardous materials, like chemical spills, it’s typically classified as serious due to the potential for widespread harm.

Legal Consequences: An accident may be deemed serious if it leads to significant legal consequences, such as charges of dangerous or reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or vehicular manslaughter.

Public Impact: Accidents that affect a large number of people, cause significant traffic disruptions, or draw considerable public or media attention may also be considered serious.

It’s important to note that each state and territory in Australia may have specific definitions or thresholds for what constitutes a serious accident, especially in the context of legal proceedings, insurance claims, or police reporting requirements. In legal terms, the definition of a serious accident can influence the nature of charges brought in criminal cases or the entitlements and obligations in insurance and compensation matters.

For state specific advice, the team at Accident Claims Lawyers are happy to help.

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