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Countless drivers, passengers and pedestrians are injured every year in motor vehicle accidents.
Injuries from a motor vehicle accident are unexpected and generally a traumatic experience. At Stringer Clark, we can give you the expert advice you need to receive just and adequate compensation. Although compensation may not remove the pain, it can help you get on with the rest of your life.
The Transport Accident Commission, or TAC, runs a lot of very useful public campaigns to help lower the road toll. What a lot people don't appreciate is that the TAC is also, essentially, an insurer who is responsible for helping those injured on the road to recover and be looked after financially. So remember, it's in the TAC's best financial interest to limit the size of any claim you may make on them for financial compensation. If you don't have someone who knows the system, and is on your side, you might get short-changed.
Stringer Clark is a born and bred Western Victorian law firm. We know the roads and the danger spots across the Shires and Councils in the region. This is a big benefit to our clients when claiming against the TAC or others for compensation. If your accident occurred in a notorious local black spot, it is much harder for the opposing lawyers to argue any culpability on your part.
Our local knowledge and ability to conduct site inspections of the accident location helps us better fight your case. Because we can inspect for ourselves the accident site, we obtain a clearer insight into what happened, the cause and the impact, putting us at a real advantage in arguing your case.
If we are fighting your case in Court because you have sustained a serious injury, we can demonstrate a real familiarity with the local driving conditions and roads, which can be a big advantage.
In the case of serious injury, it is often nearly impossible and certainly inconvenient to require a client to attend the lawyer's office. Which is why, if you are seriously injured, we will come to you. At home or in hospital.
Our lawyers are locals, which means they spend more time at the office and not on the road to and from Melbourne. This means you benefit from quicker appointment times and a lot more flexibility should you need to re-schedule.
If a medical report is required on your condition, we know the leading local doctors and specialists who we deal with every day. You benefit from having excellent medical advice close to home, reducing the need for long travel times to Melbourne.
If you have been injured in an accident in Victoria, you have two potential avenues to receive compensation for your pain, suffering and loss of wages:
You are entitled to reimbursement for medical expenses, therapy and counselling.
If you are forced off work, you can claim benefits for up to 3 years. If you are left with a permanent disability that affects your earning capacity, you may be entitled to extra compensation.
If the injury is serious, you may be entitled to a lump sum to cover any future loss of earnings and to compensate you for your pain and suffering.
Yes, but only within 12 months. You should advise your lawyers as soon as possible if a decision is made.
First, if you've missed work because of your rehabilitation, you are entitled to income support. There are guidelines on how much you're entitled to.
More seriously, if you've had a accident and your injury has permanently affected your capacity for continuing employment, you will be entitled to regular income support or a lump sum payment.
Finally, lump sum payments may be made for pain and suffering which are linked to the severity of your injury. If it's a major injury resulting in serious permanent disability, you are entitled to pursue your case in court.
The maximum payment for pain and suffering is $458,450 and for loss of income, $1,031,540. Both sums are indexed annually.
There are also various payments available when an accident is fatal, including dependency benefits and expenses for the funeral and headstone.
Always the best first step to take is simply to call us. It won't cost you anything for our initial advice.
To help answer all your questions about seeking compensation for a motor vehicle accident, make an appointment to see one of our lawyers.
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