Sydney Man’s motor vehicle accident compensation claim settles for $200,000

Published 29 Jan 2018

A Sydney man was stationary on his motorcycle at a set of traffic lights at an intersection. When the light turned green, he proceeded to ride through the intersection when a vehicle, which was travelling in the opposite direction, turned right without signalling and collided into our client’s motorcycle.

Our client was awarded $200,000 by way of compensation for the injuries he sustained.

Our client injured his right arm and aggravated a pre existing psychological injury as a result of this accident. His anxiety and depression worsened following the accident which affected his daily living and employment opportunities.

While our client was not working at the time of the accident, he was pursuing a business venture which was unable to eventuate because of his injuries. Our client therefore suffered economic loss.

This man also required domestic assistance in and around his home as he was unable to perform the duties he was previously capable of doing prior to this motor vehicle accident. A claim for domestic assistance can be made, even if the duties are being performed gratuitously by friends or family members if the assistance is provided for at least 6 hours per week for a minimum period of 6 months. This assistance must be for duties that a person was doing around the home prior to their accident but now as a result of their injuries, requires assistance with.

This client was assisted by senior solicitor Rita Furfaro of Gerard Malouf & Partners. A claim was lodged with the CTP insurer of the driver at fault. The CTP insurer admitted liability and fault for the accident.

We acted in accordance with our ‘’No Win No Fee’’ policy and requested reports and clinical notes from our client’s treating doctors. We also arranged assessments of our client by a medico legal orthopaedic surgeon and psychologist to assess his whole person impairment at no up-front cost to him.

After collating all relevant medical evidence and significant preparation of his case, a claim was lodged with the Claims Assessment Resolution Service (CARS). Such claims are put before an Assessor appointed by the State Insurance Regulatory Authority to determine the amount the insurer is to pay a Claimant.

A settlement conference was also arranged with the insurer in an attempt to settle the claim before the matter proceeded to a Hearing before the CARS Assessor.

Our experience in these matters meant that we were able to effectively argue in favour of our client and obtain a substantial settlement sum for his injuries. Our client’s claim settled with our claim for the following:

  • Past and future loss of income;
  • Past and future medical expenses; and
  • Past and future domestic assistance.

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident that was not your fault, speak to one of our expert solicitors at Gerard Malouf & Partners Compensation Lawyers on 1800 004 878 for a free, no obligation consultation or complete our email enquiry form.