When you have been involved in a car accident, your priority is to get any damage and injuries seen to as quickly as possible. If you or someone else has been injured, and the accident was not your fault (or equally someone else's fault), you may be able to seek compensation from the other party.
To seek compensation you will need to speak to motor vehicle accident lawyers. They can help you with your claim for repairs, including working with the other party's insurance provider. Going through a claim after an accident can be confusing so to help, we have brought together a list of key questions that are commonly asked.
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How long do I have to file a personal injury claim?
When you are injured in an accident, and wish to start a claim for compensation, there is a limit on how long you have to bring this action.
- If you are injured, you have three years from the date the accident occurred to start your claim.
- If you have not suffered an injury, and have motor vehicle damage, you have six years in which to start your claim.
- There are other factors which may factor into a personal injury claim to permit an extension on the time you have left to submit a claim.
A motor vehicle accident lawyer can advise you of your rights if the three year period has passed.
Will I have to go to court?
In most cases, vehicle accident claims do not require you to attend court. You will be represented by your lawyer in Melbourne who will be liaising with the at-fault party's insurer, or with the at-fault party directly.
- When you seek compensation, you will need to gather evidence of any damage to your vehicle, as well as any injuries and any costs associated with your accident.
- Once an amount for compensation is agreed upon by the lawyers and insurer this will be settled and paid.
- In some cases, a dispute will arise over your claim, in which case you may need to go to court.
How much will this cost me?
The first contact you have with your vehicle accident lawyers in completely free. At AANDI Lawyers, we take the time to chat with you and work out what your rights. We'll help you determine whether you have a viable personal injury and/or property damage claim.
- We act on a 'no win no fee' case-by-case basis which means that you do not pay us until we have successfully completed your claim for compensation.
- We provide representation to clients when we believe that you are likely to receive compensation.
- The costs of every case are different, but we can give you a comprehensive assessment of your estimated costs and potential compensation payment in the initial meeting.
First steps first – get in touch. This way, you can find out which type of compensation claim you can make, and how to get started.
What is the value of my claim?
No two claims in a motor vehicle accident are the same. When claiming for compensation for damage or injuries, you are entitled to claim for:
- Medical costs
- Loss of earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Costs associated with retraining for your job
- Legal costs
- Loss of amenity
- Any other ongoing costs
If you are permanently impaired as a result of the accident, this will impact on the amount of compensation you receive.
The costs will be calculated based on:
- Medical reports
- Evidence from your employment
- Any relevant financial records
You will also be compensated for the cost of repairs to your vehicle. If you have sustained property damage to your vehicle AANDI Lawyers can act on your behalf. We will negotiate with the at-fault driver and work to recover the amount you are owed.
What if the other driver doesn’t have insurance?
In some cases the other party will be uninsured, but you may incur injuries that were caused by them. This is where compulsory third party insurance comes in.
- Any costs associated with damage or injuries will be recoverable from the at-fault driver's third party insurance provider.
- If you have property damage to your vehicle and the other driver is uninsured, you will need to recover the cost of repair from the other driver directly.
This can be a challenging experience. You and the at-fault driver are unlikely to have the knowledge and experience to negotiate motor vehicle claims. Hiring a professional motor vehicle accident lawyer will streamline the process, so you can get back to the more important things in life.