Melbourne Personal Injury Lawyers
If you are injured in a transport accident, you will be entitled to substantial “no-fault” benefits including medical expenses, loss of earnings, and perhaps a lump-sum for any permanent impairment. If the accident was caused at least in part by the fault or negligence of another party, you may also be entitled to sue for substantial damages, including loss of earnings (past and future) and damages for pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
If you are injured at work, the same applies. You can claim “no-fault” benefits for medical expenses and loss of earnings, and perhaps a lump-sum for any permanent impairment, and the possibility of substantial damages for pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life if your injury was caused or contributed to by the fault or negligence of your employer or a third-party.
If you are injured whilst on premises or property owned or occupied by another party, and your accident was caused or contributed to by the fault or negligence of the owner or occupier, you may be able to sue for medical expenses, loss of earnings, and damages for pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. Typical examples include slipping or tripping in retail premises, and falling in the street or public space.
If you are injured as a result of the negligence of a doctor, hospital or other health provider, you may be able to sue for damages including medical expenses, loss of earnings and pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
If you are bitten by a dog, or indeed are injured by any animal, you may be able to sue the owner of the animal for substantial damages. The owner will normally be covered by the “public liability” provision in his or her household or contents insurance policy.
Superannuation and Personal Accident Insurance
If you are permanently incapacitated as a result of injury or illness, you may be able to claim substantial benefits under the disability provisions of your superannuation policy, or under similar provisions in your Personal Accident and Illness policy.
If you are injured as a result of the criminal actions of someone else (e.g. if you are assaulted or suffer shock as a result of witnessing a serious crime), you can claim significant compensation through VOCAT. You may also be able to obtain damages from the perpetrator of the crime, either during the sentencing process, or by bringing a civil claim against him or her.
It is critical that you receive expert legal advice as soon as practicable after your accident.
Kelly & Chapman has more than 40 years’ experience in providing expert legal advice to accident victims and its lawyers have recovered many millions of dollars in compensation for its satisfied clients. In appropriate cases, Kelly and Chapman’s lawyers will visit you in hospital or at home to obtain your instructions.
Our Personal Injury and Compensation Lawyer is > Shelvi Shanmugam