We at GMP acted for our client, a woman from South-West Sydney, who sustained significant personal injuries when a motor vehicle collided with her while she was standing on the side of the road next to her broken-down car. She sustained major injuries to her spine, as well as a traumatic brain injury and subsequent PTSD.
As our client had not been working for many years and had been receiving Centrelink payments, the claim was only for her pain and suffering, for which she needed to be assessed as over 10% whole person impairment. Our doctor assessed her as having 16% impairment, which the insurer accepted as allowing her to access this compensation.
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.
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:
Let’s break down some scenarios and explore what compensation amounts could be available…
The immediate aftermath of a car accident is a troubling time for all concerned, and it’s crucial that you don’t inadvertently act against your own best long-term interests. Let’s start with what not to do:
With those caveats out of the way, let’s move on to what you should do.
If you’re injured in a motor vehicle accident, there are a number of practical details you need to take care of quickly once you are out of immediate danger:
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