You have received medical treatment that was negligent?
Our specialized and experienced team of medical negligence lawyers will fight for the compensation you deserve.

“Motor vehicle accidents” cover accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors, buses and even trains.
Anyone injured in a motor vehicle accident, including pedestrians, drivers, riders, passengers, pillion passengers, cyclist or anyone else who uses our roads, for example skateboarders and riders of electronic scooters, may be entitled to receive monetary compensation for the injuries and losses caused by the use of operation of another vehicle.
Compensation is also available to dependants of anyone killed in a road accident or family members of someone who has been seriously injured or killed and who have suffered a psychiatric injury “nervous shock”.
Compensation is available to an injured road user even if the road user was partly to blame for the accident. This is called “contributory negligence”. Claims can also be made where the injury has been caused by an unidentified motor vehicle, for example a hit-and-run, or where the vehicle responsible for the accident is unregistered and uninsured.
All vehicles registered to be driven on our roads are covered by compulsory third party insurance, also known as “green slip insurance”. The insurance cover provides compensation for people who are injured on our roads. There is no cover for the damage caused to vehicle. These are property damage claims and not personal injury cases.

Compensation for road accidents in New South Wales

Currently there are two compensation schemes which operate in New South Wales, depending on when the accident occurred.

Accidents before 1 December 2017

Compensation is paid by a single, “once and for all” tax-free lump sum, which is paid by the insurer to the injured person at the end of the claim.
In most cases the injured person bears the onus of proving that his or her injuries were caused by the fault, i.e. negligence, either totally or partially, of the driver or rider of a “motor vehicle”.
In some cases compensation is paid to the accident victim even if no one is at fault. This is called a blameless accident. An example is an accident involving a car hitting a young child who has darted out from behind a parked car. Another example is if the driver of the car which caused the injury fainted or died of a heart attack.

After 30 November 2017

For injuries suffered in road accidents after 30 November 2017 compensation is paid in two parts.  The first part is a claim for Statutory Benefits to cover medical expenses and partial loss of earnings.  Under the Statutory Benefits scheme, fault is irrelevant.  Medical expenses for injuries which are not classified as being “minor” can be paid indefinitely.  Other claims include partial loss of earnings and the provision of domestic and other assistance where the injuries are extremely severe.
The second part of the 2017 scheme is for Damages to compensate an injured person for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of amenities and loss of earnings and earning capacity, both past and future. These claims do not however include claims for the cost of care such as domestic and external assistance at home, or medical expenses.
A claim for Damages must not be made within 20 months of the date of the accident.
A claim for Damages can only be made if the injured person’s whole person impairment is greater than 10%. Injuries have to be serious for the injured person’s whole person impairment to be greater than 10%. The whole person impairment for physical injuries cannot be added to the whole person impairment for psychiatric injuries. Both must be assessed separately. The percentages cannot be combined.
The amount of compensation paid for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life etc, also known as damages for non-economic loss, depends on many things, including the age of the injured person, the change to the injured person’s lifestyle caused by the injuries, the seriousness of the injuries and so on.
The amount payable for pain and suffering etc is subject to a maximum.  The maximum in 2019/20 was $565,000.  The maximum sum is increased each year on 1 October.

Motor vehicle compensation claims for accidents outside New South Wales

Every state and territory in Australia has its own compensation laws, some are more generous than others. Some schemes are no-fault, for example in Victoria. Some schemes still require fault to be proved, for example in Queensland South Australia.

Time limits

Time limits apply to both schemes for accidents which have occurred in New South Wales.
The time limits can be quite strict. However it is possible to bring claims after the time limits have expired, in exceptional circumstances.

Legal costs

Stacks Goudkamp represents accident victims on a “no win, no pay” basis.  Most of our legal costs are paid at the end of the cases by the insurance company.
No legal costs are payable at all in relation to claims for statutory benefits.  It is in effect a free service.
Stacks Goudkamp pays all the disbursements involved in presenting a claim.  These include fees for medical reports, please reports etc.  Our clients pay nothing.  We obtain a refund of the disbursements we have outlaid from the insurer on the successful conclusion of claims.
The law requires clients and their lawyers to enter into a Costs Agreement. This agreement ensures that you are fully protected from being charged unreasonably high costs. It also provides protection because it entitles you to challenge your lawyers’ legal costs and to have them formally assessed.
In my experience cost disputes with our clients are extremely rare.

Who decides the outcome of claims?

Most compensation claims for injuries suffered in road accidents are decided by Claims Assessors.  These Assessors are appointed by the State government.  They are generally lawyers experienced in handling these type of cases.  I have been a Claims Assessor since 2001.
Where liability is fully disputed by the insurer and/or the injured person lacks the capacity to give instructions because of age or a serious traumatic brain injury claims are decided by a judge in the District Court.
In practice, the vast majority of compensation claims involving motor vehicle accidents are settled out of court, without anyone actually having to give evidence.
For settlements involving accident victims who lack capacity to give instructions e.g. infants or accident victims who have suffered severe brain injury, any settlement must be approved by a judge in the District Court.  This gives the injured person added protection.  If the judge who considers the application for settlement concludes that the proposed settlement is too low he or she will not approve the settlement.

What if the injuries suffered are catastrophic? 

Certain categories of cases, namely quadriplegia, paraplegia, severe brain injury and bilateral amputations qualify for payment of medical expenses, care, accommodation etc for life under the Lifetime Care and Support Scheme (LTCS). This is a no fault scheme.
For accident victims who are accepted into Lifetime Care and Support and who can prove that their injuries were caused by the fault of someone else through the use and operation of a motor vehicle a claim, separate to the benefits from Lifetime Care and Support, can be made for damages, namely compensation for non-economic loss and past and future economic losses, including loss of working and earning capacities. They may also be able to claim the additional expenses of home modifications and travel.
Damages are not available to participants in Lifetime Care and Support if they can’t prove fault.
Stacks Goudkamp’s motor accident team is experienced in serious injury claims and catastrophic claims including amputations, traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries (including paraplegia and quadriplegia) and life changing psychiatric conditions. We work with the injured person and their family to build a picture of their life and how the accident has affected them. Our expert personal injury lawyers are passionate about helping their clients, and will treat you with empathy and respect at all times.
To read some examples of the successful claims that we have brought for seriously injured clients, visit our case studies page.

Contact us now to speak to a friendly expert about your or your loved one’s rights to compensation following a serious injury.

Types of Motor Vehicle Accident Compensation Claims

Anyone who has been injured in a motor vehicle accident should contact us no matter what their role in the accident and what the type of vehicle that was involved. Compensation claims can be made for a very wide variety of motor vehicle accidents, and our specialist compensation lawyers are experts in the following areas:
Contact your local team for a personal consultation to find out if you are eligible to make a claim. Call 1800 251 800 or contact us today.

MAREE’S STORY

Maree lost one eye in a childhood accident. Despite this ‘handicap’ Maree enjoyed a full life. When she was in her 40s her GP referred her to an eye specialist. The eye specialist talked Maree into undergoing a corneal graft in her blind eye because he was very confident that he could restore her lost eye-sight. The eye specialist failed to warn Maree about the risk that the operation could result in losing vision in her good eye (Sympathetic Ophthalmia). This is Maree’s story.

MAREE’S STORY

Maree lost one eye in a childhood accident. Despite this ‘handicap’ Maree enjoyed a full life. When she was in her 40s her GP referred her to an eye specialist. The eye specialist talked Maree into undergoing a corneal graft in her blind eye because he was very confident that he could restore her lost eye-sight. The eye specialist failed to warn Maree about the risk that the operation could result in losing vision in her good eye (Sympathetic Ophthalmia). This is Maree’s story.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE COMPENSATION CLAIMS

During the course of your personal injury claim Stacks Goudkamp will not ask you to pay any fees and/or expenses associated with your claim.

No win no fee means we will only be paid for the work that we do and the expenses we incur if you win your case, i.e receive compensation.

Stacks Goudkamp offers no win no fee in all personal injury cases. These include

  • Medical negligence
  • Motor accident injuries
  • Workers compensation
  • Public liability
  • Superannuation claims and TPD
  • Travel accidents
  • Sexual abuse claims

No win no fee does not apply to Employment Law matters.

In workers compensation claims once a matter has been accepted by the Independent Review Office (IRO, formerly WIRO) our fees are normally paid by IRO – not you – irrespective of the outcome.

Yes, at your free initial consultation and as part of our initial claim advice, one of our expert personal injury lawyers will explain our no win no fee agreement to you.

The amount of compensation you are able to claim varies from case to case. Some relevant factors include: The types of injuries you have sustained and the severity of those injuries.
  • Your age
  • Where and how the accident occurred
  • Past and future income losses and loss of work and earning capacity
  • Personal care, domestic, handyman and/or gardening assistance required because of your injuries and restrictions
  • Special equipment and assistive devices you require because of your injuries
  • Medical and associated expenses, including medication and ongoing medical reviews
  • Pain and suffering, and any permanent impairment, disabilities and restrictions that you suffer

Stacks Goudkamp’s expert personal injury lawyers always fight for their clients to achieve the best possible outcome and to ensure they receive the compensation they deserve!
Our fees are based on the amount and complexity of work involved in your claim as well as the level of expertise of the people working on your claim. Our full bases for charging legal fees will be discussed with you at the start of your claim. Any amounts to be deducted for our fees will be clearly explained to you before your case is finalised. One of the important matters always considered in determining our fees is the net amount of compensation you will receive (the amount you receive in your pocket). We are always flexible and reasonable when it comes to our fees.

MEET THE TEAM

Tom Goudkamp OAM

Managing Director
Tom is an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law. He has had over 40 years of experience successfully acting for seriously injured accident victims.

Anna Tavianatos

Practice Group Leader
Anna is an experienced and personable personal injury lawyer who specialises in assisting injured workers. Anna primarily handles Workers Compensation

Karina Goodall

Practice Group Leader
Karina joined Stacks Goudkamp in 2014. She manages one of the firm’s four practice groups under Managing Director, Tom Goudkamp.

WHAT CAN I CLAIM COMPENSATION FOR?

Being a victim of medical negligence can have a severe impact on your life and financial position. If you have been injured due to negligent medical treatment you may be entitled to claim the compensation.

It is important to understand that compensation is awarded for the way you are worse off as a result of the medical negligence, and not just for the fact that negligence occurred. For this reason, Stacks Goudkamp will take the time to understand your circumstances before, and after the medical incident so that we can better craft your claim for compensation.

Once we truly understand your personal, family, and working circumstances we can maximise the compensation that you can claim under the various heads of damages that are available. In NSW damages for medical negligence claims are assessed under the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW).

These include allowances for actual losses, including both past, and likely future losses.

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Being a victim of medical negligence can have a severe impact on your life and financial position. If you have been injured due to negligent medical treatment you may be entitled to claim the compensation.
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The Stacks Goudkamp way

We are dedicated and the leading No Win, No Fee personal injury lawyers in NSW. For over 40 years, Stacks Goudkamp has been helping injured Australians to receive the compensation they need and deserve.

We are dedicated and the leading No Win, No Fee personal injury lawyers in NSW. For
over 40 years, Stacks Goudkamp has been helping injured Australians to receive the
compensation they need and deserve.

Reach Out

Call or Email us to start the process and to receive expert legal advice for personal injury or compensation claims. Seek the professional support you deserve on (02) 4058 2715 or enquire online through our website.

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We are just a call or email away. Do not struggle with complex personal injury claims processes and in dealing with insurance companies on your own. We are here to listen and to help you to get the compensation you deserve.

Free Initial Consultation

We will not charge you for a comprehensive initial consultation where we will listen to your needs and provide you with free detailed advice. Compassion is what drives us. You can be sure that your questions will be answered.

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Here, we will explain the next steps and what it takes to achieve the best possible outcome.

No Win, No Fee

We will not require you to pay our legal fees, or any expenses (disbursements), unless we win your personal injury claim i.e you receive compensation. We know that being injured can result in terrible financial pressures.

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We pride ourselves on giving every injured Australian the peace of mind that we will look after them by acting on a no win no fee basis for their compensation claims.

CONTACT US

Contact your local team for a free consultation to find out if you are eligible for compensation

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I could write a book as to how the last 4 years would have been different if not for Tom and his team.
The support, assistance, advice from the first conversation till even after the settlement was second to none from the team at Stacks Goudkamp.
Four years on and after many downs, my children and I have our lives back.
We are unable to THANK YOU enough, but know that you have changed our lives for the better in so many ways since the accident.

- Andrew and Family
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