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IT Student Compensated $800,000 in Motor Accident Claim Following Injury

Case Overview
  • Our client was an IT student working as a food delivery driver through various phone apps.
  • He was injured in a motor accident and sustained serious injuries to his left knee which required significant treatment and surgery which limited his mobility and endurance.
  • Based on GMP representations, the CTP insurer offered $800k compensation to our client without having the matter go for determination.

Our client was an IT student working as a food delivery driver through various phone apps. He was injured in a motor accident when he was impacted by a car whilst he was making a delivery on his scooter, and he sustained serious injuries to his left knee which required significant treatment and surgery.

The injuries were very severe, but our client was able, following surgery, to complete his studies in IT and he then began working full time as a Systems Analyst, although he still had restriction in his knee which limited his mobility and endurance.

“The CTP insurer argued that as our client was able to return to work that he was not entitled to compensation for loss of earnings and was only willing to consider a small token amount for lost capacity for work.”


Mathew Lo
Our Approach

GMP advanced the argument, and acquired evidence in support, that the reduced capacity of our client’s knee severely limited his ability to work in the IT industry, particularly that his job options are severely reduced from his inability to work on-site due to the loss of mobility and endurance. These limitations meant our client’s ability to compete in the open labour market was diminished and he should be compensated. We also argued our client met the threshold to receive compensation for Non-Economic Loss. This compensation was able to greatly assist our client.

Returning to work after an injury does not mean there can be no compensation for loss of earnings. A person injured, even if returned to work, can claim damages for future loss of earnings if it can be shown that the person’s ability to compete in the labour market and their job options have been reduced.

At GMP, we have expertise in assisting clients in Motor Vehicle accident claims and please contact us for a free consultation on 02 9630 4122 or email us at reception@gmp.net.au

The Result

Based on our representations, the CTP insurer ultimately offered $800,000 compensation to our client without having the matter go to the Personal Injury Commission (PIC) for determination.

Matthew Lo

Senior Associate
Frequently Asked Questions

More Information

Pedestrians can sustain injuries in a number of ways, including hit and run incidents or being struck whilst crossing the road. If you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you’ll be glad to know that victims have the opportunity to receive compensation as part of the motor accidents compensation scheme.

Each motor vehicle accident claim requires a police report, accident notification form and personal injury claim form. The claim form is central to your claim and we recommend speaking with a lawyer to ensure the best chance of success. Once you lodge your claim, an Independent Medical Assessor reviews your claims. 

Immediately following a car crash, call the police if you suspect the other driver is under to influence, and call for paramedics if you suspect you have an injury.

Following this, calling your insurer is advised, as well as taking details from other parties and witnesses. Note down any details including time, data and take photos of the scene. 

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