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Motor Accident Claims After 1st December 2017

Getting results for people injured in car accidents.

New legislation came into force known as The Motor Accident Injuries Act 2017.

If you have been injured by a vehicle due to someone else’s fault or your own fault you may be entitled to compensation.

If you suffer injury due to someone else’s fault you will be entitled to compensation for longer and may have more benefits to claim.

This may be the result of a car accident, truck or bus accident, forklift accident or other machinery accident and may occur as a pedestrian, cyclist, driver or passenger.

There are important timeframes that you need to know:

  • You must report the accident to the police within 28 days of the incident
  • Your claim should be lodged within 28 days
  • If your claim is not lodged within 28 days then it should be lodged within 3 months of the accident.

Failing to follow the timeframes may result in your claim being denied. Even if you are outside these timeframes please contact us to understand how we can help you.

If your claim is accepted you will receive weekly compensation and payment of your reasonable medical expenses.

Once your injury has stabilised this will determine if you are eligible for non-economic loss (also known as pain and suffering). If your injuries are assessed as minor injuries your rights to compensation are very limited. You may also be entitled to claim the cost of care to assist you with domestic duties.

If your claim is denied it is important to seek advice from one of our experienced lawyers.

Death Claims

If someone has died in a vehicle accident, you may be entitled to claim Funeral Expenses and Compensation for dependents. You may also have a damages claim so it is important to seek legal advice.

Our compensation lawyers have helped many people injured in all types of car accidents, including accidents caused by distracted or drunk drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists who have been injured by a driver’s negligence. We understand the many different issues involved in these cases and will develop a strong plan of action to help you move forward with your life. Contact our office to discuss and understand what benefits you may be entitled to.

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