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Did you have a safe holiday?

Most of you are likely to be back at work and getting back into the swing of things after a relaxing holiday.

It is always hard to return to the office in the New Year, but if you are healthy, happy and well-rested then take a moment to be grateful that you had a safe break.

The festive season is notoriously dangerous for road users, with an increased risk of fatal car accidents and catastrophic injury due to the higher amount of traffic on the roads.

If you or a family member were the victim of an accident over the Christmas holiday period, be it in your car, on public transport, in a public area or even at work, then you may be eligible to apply for compensation.

Here are a few tips for preparing your application and what to do in the event of an injury.

Consult a medical professional

The very first thing you should do after sustaining an injury is consult a medical professional. You need to get a record of your injuries in case you are required to produce one in court further down the track.

When speaking to a doctor, ensure that you are thorough in explaining your symptoms. If you do not get them all down on record then you may not be able to claim compensation for them at a later date.

It is also advised to visit a medical professional more than once. This will give lawyers more information to work with and ensure that you have a detailed track record of your injuries.

Consult a lawyer

Visiting a medical professional should always be your first priority, but once you have been checked over it is important to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible.

The faster you consult a personal injury lawyer the faster they will be able to help you with your application and get you compensation (providing you are eligible).

Making claims can sometimes take a while so you need to be patient. However, if you are organised and do not put it off then your chances of success may be greater.

If finance is an issue, then there are lawyers in Sydney who operate on a no win no fee basis – meaning that you do not have to pay a fee unless your claim is successful.

© 2013 
Gerard Malouf & Partners
 — Personal Injury Compensation Lawyers

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