Motor Vehicle Accident Injury Claims - NSW
Have you been injured in a car accident in NSW?
If you've been injured in a car crash in New South Wales caused by the fault of another driver, you could be entitled to compensation but you have to lodge your claim quickly as strict time limits apply.
Whether you are driver, passenger, pedestrian, cyclist, motorbike rider or pillion, if you've been injured in an accident caused by the fault of a driver of a motor vehicle or the rider of a motor bike, you could be entitled to compensation.
The compensation will be payable by the Green Slip insurer of the vehicle, or bike, at fault. This is why it is important to ensure your vehicles' Green Slip insurer is reputable. The reality is that members of your family are probably more likely to be injured in a car accident caused by you, another member of your family, a friend or a colleague. That's who they will generally be travelling with.
If you need to make one of these claims, there are some things you need to do quickly.
If you've been injured and you'd like a free claim assessment by a Motor Vehicle Accidents Lawyer, please call us or send us an email to arrange a suitable time.
Why do you need a motor vehicle accident claim lawyer?
What do you do if you've been injured in a motor vehicle accident?
1. Seek Medical Attention First
Your first priority should be your health and wellbeing. If you have been injured, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible following the accident.
Seeking medical attention will allow you to get a proper diagnosis of the extent of your injury and an understanding of how that injury might impact you in the future, i.e. your ability and capacity to work. Having this information will come in handy when you speak to one of our experienced car accident compensation lawyers as it will more effectively enable them to assess your claim.
2. Report the Accident to the Police
When you contact the Police, at least provide them with the following information:
Once you have provided this information the Police will issue you with a reference number, which you'll then be able to note on the Claim Form.
Note: You can report the accident from hospital, if you are injured, by calling the Police on 13 14 44.
3. Lodge an Accident Notification Form
If you require medical treatment, it is a good idea to complete an Accident Notification Form within 28 days of the accident occurring. In order to finalise the form your Doctor will need to fill out a page on the back.
Once completed, the form should be sent it to the Green Slip insurer of the vehicle that caused the accident. If you don't know where to send the form, you can call us and we will let you know where to send it.
Once the insurer has received your completed form they should respond within 10 business days and advise you on whether they admit 'provisional liability' in relation to the accident. If they do admit provisional liability, it means they should cover the cost of your treatment expenses and lost earnings for up to $5,000.
At this stage, the Green Slip insurer should provide you with a reference number. Your treatment will want to know this number.
Note: The Accident Notification Form is not a Claim Form. To lodge a Claim Form, read below.
4. Lodge a Personal Injury Claim Form
The Claim Form must be lodged with the Green Slip insurer of the vehicle at fault within 6 months of the date of the accident.
Once you have completed the Claim Form you'll need to send it to the Green Slip insurer of the vehicle that caused the accident. If you don't know where to send the Claim Form, you can call us and we will let you know where to send it.
It is extremely important to ensure your description of the accident, your injuries and disabilities and loss of income details have been completed correctly on the claim form. Otherwise you run the risk that the Green Slip insurer will take advantage of your inaccuracies to your detriment. If you would like us to review your Claim Form before it is lodged, you can call us and we will assist you.
It's at this point that we recommend you engage a lawyer. If you engage us we will then manage your claim for you by liaising with the Green Slip insurer on your behalf, arranging to gather together evidence in support of your claim and to advise you generally throughout the process.
In that regard, the process mostly ends with a settlement being reached between the claimant and the Green Slip insurer, facilitated by us, however, approximately 20 per cent of claimants will have their claim resolved at a hearing.
Additional Information: Motor Vehicle Accident Injury Claims
You could be entitled to compensation to cover:
If your injuries are catastrophic, you could be entitled to compensation for much more.
In our experience, most of these types of claims can be settled with the insurer for appropriate compensation so long as all the relevant evidence available is obtained and provided to the insurer in a timely manner and so long as you don't talk to one of the insurers investigators or let the insurer have you assessed by one or more of their doctors before you get legal advice from an experienced compensation lawyer. The insurers will doctor shop if you let them!
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