Personal injury compensation laws vary from state to state.
In most states, a victim of personal injury who can prove their injuries were caused by the negligence of another will be entitled to compensation for the following:
Pain and suffering (i.e. general damages or non-economic loss)
Medical expenses and other out-of-pocket expenses
Future medical expenses
Loss of income, past and future
Value of care provided to you on a voluntary basis by family or friends
The cost of commercial care
Special aids and equipment
Loss of superannuation benefits
Home modifications and transport modifications in major claims
Compensation is generally paid in a lump sum (a once-off payment) although in many cases, there is provision for insurers to make periodic payments, pay for medical expenses and even the cost of commercial care.
For personal injury caused in Motor Vehicle Accidents and Workplace Accidents, the insurer may be compelled to pay medical expenses and loss of earnings, as incurred, rather than at the end of a case.
Personal Injury – DEATH CLAIMS
Compensation is also available for the family members of someone who has been killed as a result of another person’s negligence.
For example, if a family member suffers a psychiatric illness (i.e. nervous shock) as a result of the accident or tragedy.
Compensation may also be available for family members financially dependent on the person killed, including compensation to cover that loss of dependency pursuant to Compensation to Relatives legislation.
Stacks Goudkamp can advise you on your situation and help you gain a better understanding of your legal position. Call us today on 1800 25 1800.