Sydney woman receives $66,000 in compensation for injuries when entering her motor vehicle that was struck by another car

Published 28 Mar 2018

A Sydney woman was in the process of entering her parked vehicle, when another car, driving down the street, collided into the rear open door of the parked vehicle.

The woman, our client, was awarded $66,000 by way of compensation for the injuries she sustained.

As a result of the accident she injured her neck, back, left leg and hips.

This client was assisted by senior solicitor Rita Furfaro of Gerard Malouf & Partners. The insurer for the other vehicle denied liability and so an exemption was obtained from the Claims Assessment Resolution Service (CARS) and the claim was commenced in the District Court of NSW.

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 doctor to assess her whole person impairment at no up-front cost.

After collating all relevant medical evidence and significant preparation of her case, a

settlement conference was arranged with the insurer in an attempt to settle the claim before the matter proceeded to a Hearing before a Judge.

A claim was made for treatment expenses for the past and future as well as for help around the home that our client required as a result of the accident such as cleaning and cooking. In order to make a claim for past unpaid domestic assistance, a certain threshold needs to be met. That is, you must be in need of and be receiving domestic assistance from friends or family members of at least 6 hours per week for a minimum period of 6 months.

Despite the insurer denying that they were at fault, we were successful in obtaining compensation for our client. Our experience in these claims meant that we were able to effectively argue in favour of our client.

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.