Unlike many generalist law firms, QCL focus only on personal injury law.
You are not bound to sign any paperwork, from any person or organisation, before you consult your own lawyer. If anyone is pressuring you to sign or insinuating that you have to, tell them that you know your rights.
Generally speaking, you have 3 years to commence a claim in the Court. To protect your rights to claim within this period, a ‘Notice of Accident Claim Form’ must be served on the CTP Insurer according to the following time frames:
IMPORTANT NOTE: Should notice not be given as above, a ‘reasonable excuse’ must be given and a claim has the potential not to be capable of going ahead.
IMPORTANT TIME LIMIT REDUCTIONS FOR CLAIMS AGAINST THE ‘NOMINAL DEFENDANT’:
In instances where the other party to the accident cannot be identified, the ‘Notice of Accident Claim Form’ must be served on the ‘Nominal Defendant’ within 9 months of accident, irrespective of the 3 year limitation period.
Note: The ‘Nominal Defendant’ is a statutory body which acts as the compulsory third party insurer in cases such as above. It is funded from the Compulsory Third Party insurance fees you pay in your car registration.
REMEMBER: Each individual case is different. Legal advice should be sought as soon as possible after the injury or the onset of symptoms occur.
The following damages are generally recoverable in personal injury claims:
Having a claim refused is not necessarily the end of the process. Neither is an offer that is too low or unfair. We can help you decide if the best course of action is to lodge a claim in court and ask the judge to decide.
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