Who Can Make a Motor Vehicle Accident Personal Injury Claim?
We know that getting injured in a motor vehicle accident can be disheartening and that these events can drastically affect our lives. If a fatality has occurred, this can make matters even more difficult and sensitive. Being able to make a personal injury claim is one pathway to help get your life back on track, and our team can assist you through this process.
If you’ve been involved in an accident and aren’t sure what to do next, we’re here for you. Accidents can happen to anyone, but we’re here to lend our knowledge and expertise on the subject.
Claiming Compensation – Who Was At Fault?
In most situations, you will be able to make a Compulsory Third Party (CTP) claim if you have been injured or lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident. If your accident was caused by the driver or owner of the other vehicle, you can bring a personal injury claim. Claims are made against the CTP insurer of the vehicle that was at fault.
You can also make a claim if you were partially at fault in the accident. In some circumstances, it is also possible to bring a claim for a ‘blameless’ accident when nobody was at fault, for example if you were injured because the driver of your vehicle had a medical condition which caused them to lose control of the vehicle.
We will advise you on your individual circumstances and bring the claim on your behalf. A successful claim can assist with expenses including medical and rehabilitation costs, and lost income.
Compensation Following a Fatality
If you have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident and are struggling to cope, we recommend ringing GriefLine and talking to a trained counsellor, who will listen, care and support you through this very hard time. You can call them on 1300 845 745.
For practical information and advice regarding death and bereavement, we suggest that you log on to the Commonwealth Government Death and Bereavement information pages here.
If you need assistance with your CTP claim, our compassionate team will guide you through the entire process, ensuring as stress-free an experience as we possibly can.
Generally, you can make a claim following a fatal injury if:
• You are related to or were a dependant of the person who was fatally injured
• The accident was the fault of another party – either entirely or partially
This compensation can assist you with funeral costs and other financial losses that may have arisen such as loss of your loved one’s income.
Claiming Within Timeframes
Personal injury claims are subject to strict time limits. Generally speaking an Accident Notification Form must be submitted within 28 days of an accident, and a Personal Injury Claim Form must be submitted within 6 months. If your accident occurred over 6 months ago and you have not submitted a Personal Injury Claim Form, you should still contact us and we will advise you on whether it is possible to bring a late claim.
It is important to lodge your claim sooner rather than later – this ensures that your claim is brought within the statutory deadlnes and can also streamline important treatment and rehabilitation, as well as access to other compensation.
To speak with a specialised team who cares about your situation, give us a call today and we will determine the best pathway to assist you with your case.