If you’ve suffered a personal injury such as a car, road or work injury in Queensland then our Brisbane based personal injury lawyers may be able to help you get compensation with no upfront costs.
Our Brisbane based team is led by Queensland Law Society accredited personal injury specialists and we service all Queensland regions. You can visit the office, we can do things via phone/email or we can come to you.
Our wide range of personal injury compensation services are provided on a no win, no fee basis which means no upfront costs or legal fees to pay us unless we win.
Our hourly fees and the number of cases each lawyer works on at any given time is well below the industry average.
What is considered to be a personal injury?
Personal injury in the context of being able to make a claim is an injury to an individual caused by the negligence of another person or organisation. This could include a car accident, work accident, negligence of a doctor, public place slip and fall. In some cases it also includes purely psychological injuries that were caused or worsened due to the negligence of an employer.
Common physical injuries include:
Back injuries such as herniated discs
Hand and finger injuries such as a saw injury or mechanical entanglement
Whiplash from road accidents
Lung diseases from asbestos or stone dust exposure
Slip and fall injuries
Chemical and burn injuries
Injuries from boats and jet ski accidents
How long does a personal injury claim take?
Typically most Queensland personal injury claims we run take 12-18 months from start to a successful settlement. However, many factors impact this such as the seriousness of your injuries, your stage of recovery and the complexity of proving liability.
Are there time limits for injury claims?
Yes, for most types of compensation the time limit is three years from the date of incident. However, in some situations the limits can be much shorter. In addition, gathering evidence to build a case becomes harder with time. Therefore it is best to seek legal advice as soon as possible to protect your rights and avoid missing critical time limits.
Children under 18 typically get longer time limits to claim as long term impacts on a child’s ability to earn an income or recover can be hard to tell until they reach adulthood. That said, the advice to get legal advice as soon as possible still applies.
What can you claim for as part of motor vehicle injury compensation?
We don’t charge a fixed percentage. We charge good value rates (lower than most major competitors) for the work actually done on your matter and even this is only payable if your claim is successful.
By law in Queensland the fees charged by any ‘no win, no fee’ law firm cannot exceed 50% of the total settlement. We do everything we can to minimise fees and get what’s possible covered by the insurer. As a result, our typical fees are far less than 50%.
Is a personal injury claim taxable?
Most types of personal injury settlements that we negotiate such as road, work and public place injury compensation are tax-free lump sum settlements.
Note: With WorkCover (for work injuries) then the income you receive from WorkCover directly prior to a legal claim is normally taxed as income.
What does no win, no fee mean?
‘No win, no fee’ is a common offering among compensation law firms to allow access to justice without upfront costs. Rather than paying upfront, you only pay legal fees to your compensation lawyer if your claim is successful.
No upfront costs for legal fees
Other outgoings such as medical reports required for your claim are covered upfront
No legal fees to us unless your claim is successful
Is it worth getting a personal injury lawyer?
Sometimes we find potential clients are unsure if a claim will be worthwhile due to concerns over cost or hassle.
We guide you through each step - We gather the information needed and keep you updated. Apart from providing information and attending some medical assessments then there is not much you need to do.
Less than 1% of matters go to court - going to court is a common concern but only a tiny fraction go this far. The vast majority are settled with the insurers in out-of-court settlement meetings.
Tax-free lump sum settlement - You only have a limited time to claim and failing to do so now might set you back in the future if the effects of the injury play up and limit your earnings. We negotiate a tax free settlement to help offset the future financial impacts.
DIY Costs You More - Trying to run your own claim is unlikely to provide a good result. Insurers know that those acting alone don’t have the power to take them to court if needed so will typically offer very low settlements (if anything) compared to what a specialised personal injury lawyer could negotiate. Therefore, even accounting for legal fees, using an expert tends to provide a much better result.
In which regions do you operate?
Our services are based on where the incident happened. We specialise in Queensland personal injury law so we assist clients across all Queensland cities and regions including;
In addition, we also assist inter-state and international clients for incidents that occured in Queensland.
Our Brisbane based personal injury experts work from our Clayfield office but can come and visit yourself when needed. We travel locally to areas such as North Lakes, Redcliffe, Ipswich, Logan, Caboolture etc and can fly or drive to meet with those living further away.
Who pays the compensation?
Technically, the claim will proceed against the person at fault and they will be named as the Defendant in any legal proceedings.
However, insurers involved stand in the place of the party who committed the wrong-doing. They step in and take over the conduct of the claim. All the procedural aspects of the claim are dealt with through the insurer including payment of the claim.
A few examples are:
CTP insurance for road accidents - covered by the CTP (compulsory third party) insurance of the at-fault driver. This is the insurance all drivers much have as part of their registration. There are protections in place for occasions where the at-fault party was unknown or was driving in an non-registered vehicle.
WorkCover or compulsory workers compensation insurance for work injuries - all employers have to protect their workers with workers compensation insurance. Most workers in Queensland are covered by WorkCover Queensland but some major employers opt to use their own provider.
Public liability insurance for public place accidents - venues such as shops, shopping centres, cafes and bars are required to have public liability insurance to cover incidents such as slip and falls or other injuries.