Once you have sought the appropriate medical attention for your injury, finding the right personal injury lawyer for your circumstances is the next step. While it should not be a stressful process, finding the right lawyer can take time and all compensation claims have strict time limits.
What kind of cases do personal injury lawyers handle?
There are various circumstances that can result in a personal injury; however, the most common types of personal injury are:
- Injured while at work
- 36% of serious claims in the workplace between 2018-19 were classed as ‘body stressing’ with 24% of these claims relating to an employee’s upper limbs/arms.
- Car accident
- An injury sustained as a result of a road accident is 27 times higher than those of fatality rates with concerns that this number will continue to rise.
- Motorcycle accident
- Representing 27% of serious injuries on Australian roads, motorcyclists account for over one-quarter of serious road accidents.
- Serious injury (spinal, head, brain, neck injury)
- 32% of injury hospitalisations were for people over 65 years of age
- Slip & fall
- Most falls are generally caused by slips and trips on a level surface
- Medical negligence
- 50,000 people suffer from permanent injury annually because of medical negligence in Australia.
When should you contact a lawyer after an accident?
Upon seeking medical advice and calling the police (if required), contacting a dedicated personal injury lawyer is something you will need to do as soon as possible. As an example, if you have been in an unfortunate event such as a car accident by no fault of your own, you will want to begin the claims process as early as possible due to the nine-month timeframe whereby you are required to notify the person you are claiming against as a bare minimum.
What qualifies as “personal injury?”
A personal injury can be any physical or psychological injury that has occurred as an unfortunate result of anything from a car accident, work accident, or even medical negligence as stated above. You may be eligible to claim compensation under various heads of damage, including damages for pain and suffering, expenses for medical bills, medication, and rehabilitation, Loss of wages and superannuation contributions in the past and into the future, future medical expenses and rehabilitation costs, and in certain cases costs for care and assistance provided.
Understanding the process and making claims as easy as possible is what we do best. Helping you through the legal journey in the aftermath of an accident should not be any more stressful than it needs to be, particularly if you have the right team in your corner. Any of the above personal injuries take their toll both mentally and physically and personal injury lawyers know the ins and outs of the process like the back of their hand to make that path easy so you can concentrate on your treatment, rehabilitation, and recovery.
If the right legal representation is what you are searching for, Gouldson can help. Our team can take the weight off your shoulders and help you make a personal injury claim and get your life on the right track. Get in touch for a free case review to find out if you are eligible.