Melbourne Personal Injury Lawyers Bringing Expertise To All Areas Of Injury Compensation Law
What you’ll discover on this page:
- Injuries that result in a personal injury claim
- How personal injury claims work in Victoria
- Benefits available to you for your personal injuries
- How our injury lawyers can help you
- The Henry Carus + Associates difference
Our personal injury solicitor three-step approach usually includes the following:
We work with you so that we can better understand the law and what you’re entitled to receive.
We present you with the most up to date information on the steps that can be taken, what the likely result will be, plus any legal costs you may incur.
Finally we’ll provide you with the various options available to you, so you’re not only well informed, but you have the best chance of achieving the right result.
Erika had a fall whilst in hospital. After a significant period of rehab, due to the injuries from the fall, she sought legal advice from another legal firm about bringing a claim against the hospital.
Initially she was told the law firm would assist her, but then they advised they did not think she could prove her claim. Erika could not understand this advice and came to us for a…Read Success Story »
Caiying was a pedestrian who was struck by a passing car and injured while crossing the road in 2013. At that time she was 83 years old and was already having early signs of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Witnesses to her accident indicated she was solely responsible for walking out in front of the car that hit her. She sustained multiple serious injuries and spent an extensive period of time in hospital…Read Success Story »
James suffered a significant back injury in the workplace and came to us seeking assistance with his WorkCover claim. We helped him reach an early settlement, leaving James free to get on with his recovery and his life.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.
Working with experienced personal injury lawyers like the legal team at Henry Carus + Associates in Melbourne can significantly improve your chances of securing the full compensation payouts for injuries you deserve from all available sources.
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 A Personal Injury Lawyer 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.
Personal injury solicitors who are familiar with Victorian legislation and who on a daily basis help to navigate clients through the system have an advantage. They know how the system works and what steps are necessary to ensure victims get everything they deserve.
An experienced injury lawyer like those at Henry Carus + Associates will also be prepared to pursue a personal injury claim in court if that is what is necessary to get a fair recovery. Our compensation solicitors are dedicated to doing whatever is necessary to maximise our clients’ compensation claim.
Indeed, at Henry Carus + Associates, 98% of our clients win their injury cases, with some getting up to five times their initial offer.
For example, we took on a public accident case that was about to be settled for $40,000. Believing this not to be an adequate compensation amount, we worked hard on the case for a year and secured our client a massive $400,000 in compensation.
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.
When it comes to personal injury claims, we handle cases on a No Win No Fee lawyer basis, so you can entrust your personal injury claim to Henry Carus & Associates without financial risk.
Melbourne Personal Injury Lawyers & 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. What’s more, the experience we have gained through working with the medical industry ensures we can quickly understand the extent of your current physical and emotional challenges, as well as the long-term consequences of your injuries. As a result we are able to leverage our unique knowledge and insight to deliver the best possible outcome for you.