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Sharon Z contacted our office after being discharged from a rehabilitation centre. She had suffered extensive serious injuries when she was hit by a car crossing a road. The accident happened near her home and she gave us a description of how it occurred. She was concerned about her future and her ability to work as a Chinese medicine practitioner. We explained how the TAC system worked and how…Read Success Story »
Common Personal Injuries That Can Result In Personal Injury Claims
Car accidents, workplace incidents and other types of accidents result in a range of injuries. Some accidental injuries cause lifelong impairment, while many others limit a victim’s mobility during an extended recovery period. In addition, personal injuries frequently entail significant physical pain and emotional suffering.
Some examples of personal injuries commonly sustained in accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries that result in paralysis (quadriplegia/tetraplegia and paraplegia)
- Bone fractures
- Burns, including severe burns that require skin grafts and leave disfiguring scars
- Back and neck injuries, including broken vertebrae, slipped discs, muscle strains, and torn tendons and ligaments
- Foot, ankle and knee injuries that limit mobility
- Shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand injuries
- Internal injuries and hemorrhage
- Nerve damage that causes chronic pain
- Limb loss (amputation)
- Pain, suffering and emotional distress
How Personal Injury Claims Work In Victoria
Personal injury claims work differently based on the type of accident that caused the injuries. Victorian legislation has established special programs to address road accidents and workplace injuries. Victims of other types of accidents may pursue compensation through claims against the parties responsible for their injuries – or, as is usually the case, against the responsible party’s insurer.
Victoria’s Transport Accident Commission (TAC) is responsible for handling personal injury claims related to road accidents in the state. Individuals injured in road accidents are typically entitled to no-fault benefits from the TAC.
If the injuries are deemed “serious” and someone else was to blame for the crash, an injured party may also be able to recover broader compensation through a common-law claim.
Similarly, WorkSafe Victoria administers claims for compensation related to injuries suffered in the workplace. Workers who get hurt on the job in Victoria are usually entitled to no-fault WorkCover benefits. If someone else’s negligence played a role in the accident, the injured worker may be able to seek additional compensation through a common-law claim.
Other types of accidents that occur in public places may entitle the injured person to bring a public liability claim against whoever was responsible for the accident. In most cases, the liable party’s insurer pays the victim’s claim.
Benefits Available For Personal Injuries
The amount of money you may recover will be affected by factors such as what type of accident caused your personal injuries, the severity of your personal injuries, your lost time from work and whether someone else was to blame for the accident.
In general, some examples of the kinds of benefits you may be able to receive for your accidental personal injuries include:
- Payment of hospital bills and other medical expenses, including future costs
- Payment of reasonable rehabilitation costs related to the injuries from the accident
- Payment of the cost to get help to assist you with tasks at home that you are unable to perform because of your injuries
- Replacement of lost earnings caused by the inability to work while recovering from your injuries
- Lump-sum benefits if your accident-related injuries caused permanent impairment
- Compensation for the pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life you suffered as a result of the accident
How Our Injury Lawyers Can Help You Get The Full Compensation You Deserve
Many injured people in Victoria fail to recover all of the money and benefits they deserve after an accident. The reason for this is simple – the legislation regarding the TAC, WorkCover and other insurance schemes is quite complex. It can be difficult to get your head around the multiple layers of information about the right to compensation for personal injuries suffered in an accident.
Indeed, at Henry Carus + Associates, 98% of our clients win their injury cases, with some getting up to five times their initial offer.
Another success story involved a TAC claim in which our client had been denied compensation on her common-law claim because the TAC argued that no vehicle had been involved in the accident. Our team produced evidence that a car was indeed involved, and the TAC’s offer went from nothing to $200,000, plus payment of legal costs.
The Henry Carus + Associates difference
Under the guidance of our principal personal injury solicitor Henry Carus, the team have many years of combined legal experience gained in Australia and overseas.
Having worked extensively with the likes of the TAC, we have insurance experience, which is second to none, resulting in a fantastic platform from which we can build a successful personal injury case.
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