Have You Suffered Injury in a Motor Vehicle Accident?
What You Need to Know If You Have Been Injured in a Road Accident in Perth, Western Australia
Car accidents and the injuries that result from them are some of the most common mishaps that can happen to us in modern life, especially in places where driving is the primary form of transportation. However, despite their commonplace occurrence, car accidents have the potential to seriously impact your health, work, and life in general. If you find yourself the victim of an accident, there are some things that you need to know in order to best protect yourself and any potential claims that you may have.
First and foremost, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you only suffer minor injuries or “feel fine” after an accident, it’s important to protect your health and physical wellness. Many injuries result in delayed symptoms that may not be present immediately after the accident. Whiplash, spinal injuries and concussions, for example, are incredibly common and all tend to result in symptoms even days or weeks after the date of the accident. Not only is it important to catch these injuries early to minimize the damage to your physical health, it is also important to establish a record of your injuries to effectively demonstrate the value of your damages.
The second thing you should do, and the first step of the claims process, is submitting your claim form to the appropriate insurer. The insurer will then either accept or refuse it. While this is happening, you should be receiving any necessary treatments recommended by your doctor. The insurer will then review the details of the claim to determine who was at fault for the accident.
In the meantime, you should be maintaining records of your physical damages as well as the financial impact that the accident has had on your life. The claim’s value will be assessed and then settlement negotiations with the insurer will commence. The claims process can often seem complicated and time consuming, but a professionally trained lawyer can help this process go as smoothly as possible and provide much needed advice and support in a time of crisis.
What types of compensation may I be entitled to?
Past and future damages: You are able to claim both past and future loss of earnings, past and future loss of superannuation benefits, and past and future financial impact of your injuries. This means that if you are unable to work due to your injuries, you will be able to receive compensation for your lost earnings both now and in the future. This also applies to the loss of superannuation contributions due to your injury. Usually the more serious the injury, the more compensation you will be likely entitled to. If your injury requires medical care, you will be entitled to compensation for the cost of your medical expenses for as long as you require them. This includes such expenses as household support services required for your care.
General damages: You will be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering and other non-economic losses caused by the accident. This extends to both physical and mental injuries sustained.
How long do I have to file a claim?
There are strict time limits associated with filing a claim for compensation following a motor vehicle accident. You should file a claim as soon as possible after the incident, but you will be barred from filing a claim if you fail to commence court proceedings within three years from the accident date. However, different time limits may apply if you were younger than the age of 18 and you should seek the professional advice of a lawyer.
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