If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident on the Gold Coast (whether a car accident, bicycle, truck, motorbike, quad bike or similar), Attwood Marshall Lawyers has a team of lawyers readily on hand to help you put forward a compensation claim.
It doesn’t matter if you were the driver, passenger, pedestrian, cyclist or motorbike rider involved in an accident, you may be eligible to claim for compensation if you experienced injuries as a result. This applies for those who weren’t at fault, and the accident was a result of someone else’s actions (either wholly or partially).
If the driver at fault did not carry registration or insurance, or you have been unable to identify them, our lawyers can help you make a compensation claim against the Nominal Defendant. This follows a similar process to that completed by a CTP insurer.
Our Gold Coast team works on a No Win, No Fee basis, meaning you’re only required to pay fees if you obtain a settlement or compensation. If you were unsuccessful, you don’t have to pay a cent.
Our supportive lawyers offer a no-obligation consultation for free to start the process. You can meet with our team at any of our offices across the Gold Coast at Robina Town Centre, Coolangatta or Kingscliff. We can also visit your residence, the hospital or another agreed venue. We offer telephone or virtual consultations via Zoom if this is your preference.
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Gold Coast Motor Accident Claims – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
To begin your application, you must:
- Get legal advice ASAP
- Report the incident to the Queensland Police (if they were not present at the scene)
- Fill in and serve a Claim Form, as well as the CTP Medical Certificate on the CTP insurer of the driver at fault.
Our team are here to support you every step of the way. For immediate assistance, contact us on 1800 621 071.
Were you injured in a motor vehicle accident on the Gold Coast? Was the accident caused wholly or partially by someone else? If you answered yes to both of these questions, you can make a claim.
This applies to injuries experienced by a driver, passenger, pedestrian, motorbike rider, cyclist or individual injured due to a motor vehicle accident, or action taken to avoid a collision.
Find out if you are eligible by contacting us on 1800 621 071.
You may be able to obtain a lump sum payment for losses experienced as a result of your injuries – whether physical and/or psychological.
Based on your circumstances, a Gold Coast motor accident compensation claim may be comprised of:
- Income/wage loss, loss of earning capacity, interest, and superannuation;
- General damages, pain and suffering;
- Costs of medical treatment (including surgery, medication, hospitalisation, rehabilitation, treatment, travel expenses);
- Aids and equipment – including wheelchairs and prostheses;
- Rehab, employment services provider, any retraining and support for returning to work;
- Care and assistance given by relatives or individuals for things like personal care (cleaning, grooming, mobility, dressing, showering),
- Domestic chores like yard work, gardening, driving, home maintenance;
- Paid/commercial care (e.g. paid cleaner, gardener);
- Residential modification costs;
- Depending on the value of your specific claim, the CTP insurer may need to put forward a significant amount of the injured person’s legal costs and evidence fees.
The amount you can claim depends on a number of variables, including:
- The extent and severity/permanency of your injuries;
- Your age;
- Your qualifications, income and employment history;
- The effects of your condition and how it impacts your ability to earn a wage;
- Your requirements for treatment;
- Your care and support needs;
- The opinions put forward by your treatment providers and any independent medico-legal evaluators.
Lawyers can’t provide an accurate estimation as to the amount of your claim until all injuries are considered medically stable. At this stage, you will be seen by an independent medico-legal assessor who provides an outline on the effects of your injuries on all aspects regarding your day-to-day living.
During the stage of waiting for the claim to resolve, you will likely receive benefits for ongoing medical treatment and rehab costs. Where the insurer confesses liability for the accident, they are required to fund all reasonable and required treatment and rehabilitation fees on behalf of the injured claimant as the claim continues through the process.
The CTP insurer admits liability in the majority of cases – typically within one to two weeks after the form is submitted.
If the CTP insurer rejects liability, the insurer will not provide coverage for treatment and rehabilitation fees over the course of the claim.
If the claim is successful, the insurer will need to back pay the injured individual the full amount of the income lost (including interest and super) as a result of the injury if they have not agreed to pay weekly compensation during the claim process.
It is unlikely you will need to attend court. Most car accident claims are resolved out of court or at a settlement conference.
The time taken for a compensation claim is based on how long the individual’s injuries take to stabilise and what attitudes of all parties are like towards resolving the claim.
This usually takes between 12-18 months, unless the case is complex or involves severe injuries.
Attwood Marshall Lawyers have a No Win No Fee guarantee, which means you don’t have to pay any fees unless your case is successful. We delay legal fees and pay your disbursements and evidence costs on your behalf until the resolution of your claim. If we aren’t successful with your claim, we will waive all costs.
For a standard claim:
The Notice of Accident Claim Form needs to be given to the insurer within 9 months of the accident (or date of the first signs and symptoms) or a reasonable excuse for delay will need to be provided. The time limit of nine months is usually not fatal to a claim.
For a Nominal Defendant claim:
If the vehicle and driver is unable to be identified, or the defendant vehicle is not insured or registered, an injured individual can make a claim by providing the Claim Form on the Nominal Defendant. The Nominal Defendant responds to the claim as if it is the CTP insurer.
A claim against the Nominal Defendant must be given within three months of the original incident. If not, an acceptable reason needs to be provided to delay the time limit. The claim must be served and needs to be in compliance with all relative laws, as well as within 9 months of the accident or the case will be statute barred and the individual will be permanently stopped from making a claim moving forward.
Three Year Time Limitation:
A claim form must be provided, and the case commenced in court (or otherwise have its time restrictions protected) within three years of the date of the accident or the claim will be statute-barred. From here, you cannot make another claim.
For those under the age of 18/minors, the three-year time limit does not cease until three years after their 18th birthday (i.e. on their 21st birthday).
Strict time limits apply. If you are an individual involved in a motor vehicle accident it is crucial that you obtain legal advice as soon as possible. Call us on 1800 621 071.
Attwood Marshall Lawyers are the Gold Coast’s most recognised experts for Gold Coast motor vehicle compensation claims. We are here to help you get the best possible results. Furthermore, we’ve been helping those in similar situations obtain positive outcomes for more than 75 years.
- A No Win No Fee guarantee
- An initial consultation that’s confident, free and carries no obligation
- An immediate assessment of your claim to determine your prospects for success
- No upfront costs
- Supportive, transparent advice from a leading team of Gold Coast Personal Injury Law Specialists.
- 24-Hour support (on nights, weekends, public holidays)
- Visits to your home or hospital anywhere on the Gold Coast.
Our Gold Coast lawyers are here to understand your story and what is a priority to you.
We work on a No Win No Fee guarantee.
Our lawyers know that submitting a claim for compensation can be stressful. We are here to support you every step of the way. We are always focused on achieving positive results for you in the shortest amount of time possible. Trust us to help you make your claim so that you can focus on your recovery and your future.
No Win, No Fee Gold Coast Car Accident Lawyers
Our services are based on a No Win, No Fee model for a majority of compensation claims; pay only when your case succeeds, and you receive compensation. No upfront costs and a free, and confidential consultation will help you understand where you stand.
Our offices are situated across the Gold Coast at Robina Town Centre, Coolangatta or just over the NSW border at Kingscliff.
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