If you have suffered an injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, your rights are:-
- To receive expert legal advice without being charged
- If you suffer an injury to make a claim for compensation. The compensation you may be eligible to claim can include the following:-
- General Damages – for pain and suffering and loss of the amenities and enjoyment of life
- Special Damages for any medical or out-of-pocket expenses you have incurred
- Any income or potential income you have lost as a result of your injuries
- Any future reasonable expenses you will be put to as a result of the injuries
- Any future income loss which you are reasonably likely to suffer as a result of your injuries
- Any care and assistance you may require from loved ones
- Any care and assistance you may need which you need to pay for (i.e. housekeeping and lawn mowing)
- You have a right to consult a lawyer before you sign any paperwork in relation to the incident or event that caused your injury. This is particularly so in relation to injuries that happened whilst at work, or travelling to and from work which may already be the subject of a WorkCover claim. Often insurers may deal with you directly in the initial stages of your claim however before you finalise the claim, sign any paperwork or attempt to finalise the claim you have a right to seek legal advice to ensure that your rights are fully protected.
- There are strict time limits that apply to all injury claims. As such it is important to ensure that you obtain expert advice from a suitably qualified lawyer.