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Blacktown Man Compensated with $750,000 Following a Motor Vehicle Accident

Case Overview
  • Our client was a passenger in a vehicle that was involved in a significant motor vehicle accident.
  • He sustained a spinal fracture which required surgery, as well as abdominal injuries and psychological injuries.
  • Gerard Malouf & Partners Compensation Lawyers were able to obtain a settlement of $750,000 for our client.

Our client was a passenger in a vehicle that was involved in a significant motor vehicle accident when the other driver attempted to make a right hand turn without giving way. Our client sustained a spinal fracture which required surgery, as well as abdominal injuries and psychological injuries.

“The CTP insurer accepted liability for his claim and was responsible for payment of our client’s medical and treatment expenses, as well as making weekly wage payments while our client was unable to work.”


Rita Furfaro
Our Approach

The insurer also subsequently conceded that our client’s injuries exceed the 10% threshold required in order to claim damages for ‘pain and suffering’ in addition to damages for past and future loss of earnings and superannuation. 

An informal settlement conference was arranged to attempt to resolve this claim. However, during this settlement conference we were met with resistance from the insurer who were not making offers within an acceptable range to sufficiently compensate our client, noting the extent of his injuries and the uncertainty surrounding his ability to engage in future employment. Following this, our client was required to undergo even further spinal surgery. During this time, we obtained even further evidence in support of our client’s claim. The insurer ultimately adjusted their position and we entered into negotiations again. 

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you should always seek advice from a lawyer about your rights. 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.

The Result

After making offers back and forth with the insurer, we were able to obtain a settlement of $750,000 for our client who was very pleased with this result.

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Rita Furfaro

Senior Associate
I aspire to be the rainbow in someone else’s cloud by getting them the compensation they deserve.
Frequently Asked Questions

More Information

There are several steps you should take following a motor accident before worrying about liability. First and foremost is ensuring that you, the other driver and any passengers you both have are safe. Immediately call 000 for emergency services if necessary, and apply first aid care if you know how. Move the vehicles off the shoulder if the accident is blocking the roadway and it’s possible to do so.

All drivers have a duty to other road users to take reasonable care. If it can be determined that anyone involved in the accident was not taking reasonable care, they can be found negligent and at fault. The top identifiers of negligence consist of:

  • Speeding
  • Failing to obey traffic lights or signage
  • Driving while intoxicated or otherwise under the influence
  • Failing to “keep a proper lookout”

If you are hit by another driver and they are found at fault, you can make a claim against them for damages. This can include any losses resulting from the accident, including damage to your vehicle.

However, if your actions also played a part in the accident, both drivers may be found at fault. This is called ‘contributory negligence’, and may be apportioned between you and the other driver in any percentage split. In such a case, you may be responsible for bearing part of the cost of the damages.

Compensation can provide vital financial support for people who have suffered serious injuries in a road traffic accident. But are there limitations on how much money someone can receive?

The answer to this question depends on several factors, including:

  • Who was to blame for the accident?
  • How severe were your injuries?
  • Is there permanent damage?
  • Are you entitled to damages for non-economic losses?

Let’s break down some scenarios and explore what compensation amounts could be available…

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