Our Personal Injury team is headed by Elizabeth McDonald, Accredited Specialist and approved ILARS provider.  We will look after your claim for damages arising out of any acts of negligence and advise you when and if you have a claim.

Personal Injury

We can help you

We consider it a privilege to assist our clients through difficult times and help them back on their feet.  We will work hard to help you achieve the best possible outcome.

We specialise in motor vehicle accident personal injury claims, workers compensation claims, industrial deafness claims, work injury damages/negligence/common law claims, and public liability personal injury claims.

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Motor Vehicle Accident Personal Injury claims

If you have suffered an injury in a motor vehicle accident, you may be able to make a claim for your medical expenses and loss of earnings even if you were at fault.  It is important to act quickly though.

Unless you lodge an Accident Notification Form (ANF) within 28 days of the accident, you won’t be able to receive this initial assistance.

If you have suffered a significant injury and the accident was not your fault, or you were a passenger, you may be able to make a claim for your medical and out of pocket expenses, past and future loss of earnings, and the cost of obtaining care that you require or can no longer provide to others.

If you still have medical symptoms a few months after the accident or are still off work, it is a sign that you may continue to suffer losses from your injuries that can be compensated. 

It is very important that you lodge a Personal Injury Claim (PIC) Form against the Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurer of the vehicle at fault within 6 months of the accident. 

You can find out who this is by contacting the State Regulatory Insurance Authority (SIRA) previously known as the Motor Accidents Authority.  You just need the registration number of the vehicle. 

Contact details for SIRA, as well as the ANF and PIC forms, can be accessed at:

http://www.maa.nsw.gov.au/about-us/forms/claims

We can advise you of your entitlements in these types of claims.

Workers Compensation claims

If you have suffered an injury at work you may be entitled to income support, payment of medical expenses and possibly a lump sum claim for any permanent injuries. 

Receiving proper compensation should be a simple process, but often it isn’t and you may begin to feel like you are being questioned at every turn. 

The laws relating to these claims changed significantly in 2002 and again in 2012, and ongoing minor changes are made to these laws almost every year. 

We understand that if you have lost your ability to earn, especially if you are the primary earner for your family, these are often desperately difficult times.

The last thing you need to worry about is running up legal costs on top of everything else.

In 2012 the Government established the Independent Legal Assistance and Review Service (ILARS) to facilitate access to free, independent legal advice for injured workers in circumstances where there is a disagreement with an insurer regarding entitlements.

This service is administered by the Workers Compensation Independent Review Office (WIRO).  This agency has a list of Approved Lawyers to make sure injured workers have access to lawyers who practice regularly in workers compensation matters.

Unless your lawyer is on this list, you will have to pay your own legal fees no matter what the outcome.

More information on the role of WIRO can be accessed at:

http://wiro.nsw.gov.au/

Industrial Deafness claims

If you suffer from problems with your hearing and have ever worked in a noisy environment or around heavy machinery, you may be able to make a claim for hearing aids, and for any permanent hearing loss, even if you have left that employment.

Work Injury Damages / Negligence / Common Law claims

If you are injured at work and your injury doesn’t just result from your work, but also from failures in your employer’s work practices or systems, you may be able to make a claim for your past and future loss of earnings including loss of superannuation.

Public Liability Personal Injury claims

If you have suffered injury due to another’s actions, or their failure to take actions in circumstances where they knew (or should have known) that their actions or failure might result in harm to others, you may be able to make a claim for your medical and out of pocket expenses, past and future loss of earnings, and the costs of obtaining care that you require or can no longer provide to others.

Why choose us?

It’s pretty simple really. We know what we are doing and we want to help you.

If you want to speak to a lawyer when you need advice about your claim, you should contact us on (02) 9589 6666.