Your Trusted and Experienced Compensation Lawyer in Brisbane
When you suffer an injury and cannot work through no fault of your own, you have a right to seek compensation from the person or company deemed “at fault”. This could happen at work, driving the car, as a pedestrian, bicycle rider, motorbike rider, or on private property (like a rental property, shopping centre or supermarket) or public property (like a park, playground, jetty).
We all have a right to go to work, go to the shops, and be in the car and come home the same way we left, but the reality is accidents happen everyday and we are usually unprepared for such events.
In Australia, the laws for accessing lump sum compensation vary from State to State. It is important to speak to Lockett McCullough Lawyers Brisbane and Queensland about your rights
If you have an injury and cannot work, you may need to seek legal services about potential compensation law claims from experienced Brisbane personal injury lawyers and compensation lawyers . Lawyers who have a wealth of experience in personal injury, compensation and superannuation cases can help you to access the best possible outcome in your case.
Speak to our lawyers today for a free no obligation consultation about your rights for accident compensation.
Some Common Injuries
Some types of injuries that you may suffer from could be: –
- Whiplash injury;
- Broken bones;
- Spinal injuries (low back, mid-back or neck);
- Shoulder and upper limb injuries;
- Knee and lower limb injuries;
- Head and brain injuries;
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Burn injuries.
Most of us live from pay packet to pay packet, if the worst was to happen, it can significantly drain you and your family’s financial means. If you suffer injuries and cannot work, you may be losing income as well as the costs of your medical, rehabilitation, medications and travel costs which add up very quickly.
If you aren’t at work earning an income, it is difficult to be able to fund the costs associated with your medical and rehabilitation treatment privately. However, there are occasions where you can ask an insurance company to pay for your expenses to get treatment and rehabilitation as soon as you commence a claim.
We can help you make claims for your expenses to be funded by any relevant insurer to help you make the best possible recovery.
The sooner you can access rehabilitation, the more likely it is that you can make the best possible recovery from your injuries. Of course, the long term outcome of some injuries could be minor (for example some ongoing “niggling” pain an discomfort which might impact you) or they could be severe and catastrophic (like a spinal cord injury or brain injury) and everything in between.
Our professional Brisbane based lawyers can help you to work through the legal issues about your right to access lump sum compensation.
Personal Injury and Compensation Law
Personal injury law and compensation law is difficult and complex area to navigate particularly when you are not experienced in litigation.
When you are injured and cannot work, this is a stressful time and having to deal with insurance companies may make the claims process an even more difficult one to navigate by yourself.
You will need experienced and professional personal injury lawyers and compensation lawyers to assist you in the claims process, managing the insurance companies and helping you to access all the benefits that you may be entitled to.
Our Brisbane and Queensland “no win no fee” personal injury and compensation lawyers can provide you with advice on your accident compensation claim or workers compensation claim and the claim process.
Get in touch with our team of experienced and professional Brisbane personal injury compensation lawyers for a free case review and to discuss our “no win no fee” services. Our Brisbane lawyers are experienced in difficult and complex law claims and we are committed to getting the best possible outcome for our clients in their matters.
The Compensation Claims Process
In Brisbane and Queensland, the compensation claims process is governed by legislation. There are 3 types depending on how your injury came about. For example:
- If you were injured on the road – the claims process is governed by the Motor Accident Insurance Act 1994 (Qld);
- If you were injured at work – the claims process is government by the Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (Qld);
- If you were injured on public or private property or if you claim is a healthcare claim – the claim is governed by the Personal Injuries Proceeding Act 2002 (Qld).
Whilst the three (3) regimes have differing procedural requirements (such as different claim forms), in Queensland all types of injury claims are subjected to what we call a “pre-Court” proceedings.
The pre-Court proceedings can be beneficial in that it allows all the parties to a claim to gather and obtain evidence and attempt to settle a claim without the need for commencing formal court proceedings.
In essence, you must send one of these forms to commence your claim:
- A Notice of Accident Claim form for a car accident;
- A Part 1 Notice of Claim for a public liability incident or healthcare matter;
- A Notice of Claim for Damages for a workers compensation matter.
There are strict time limits in Queensland in which to make a claim and it is important to contact lawyers early. Not only can this give you some piece of mind about the prospects of success of your potential claim, it can help to preserve any necessary evidence needed during the course of your claim.
For a motor accident or a public liability compensation claim , the law requires you to send a Notice of Accident Claim form or a Part 1 Notice of Claim:
(a) Within one (1) month of consulting a lawyer (this includes the day you speak to a lawyer on the phone about your potential claim); or
(b) Within nine (9) months of the date of your injury, whichever is earlier.
In a workers compensation matter, you must lodge a workers compensation claim to WorkCover or another workers compensation insurer within 6 months of the date of your work injuries or the date you first consulted a doctor about your work injuries.
You must commence a court claim within 3 years of the date of your injuries, a failure to do so may prevent you from proceeding with a claim.
The types of evidence that you might need to collect include: –
- Photographs of the accident scene, damage to property or vehicles and your injuries;
- Contact details of witnesses (perhaps email phone numbers);
- Financial evidence such as details of your income (or loss of income) such as payslips, tax records;
- Medical evidence.
You should contact our Brisbane lawyers as soon as you have suffered an injury or know you have an injury and obtain advice on your rights and benefits that you may be able to access depending on the circumstances of your potential claim for compensation for your injuries.
It is vital to take advice early in all cases. The sooner you engage lawyers, the sooner they can commence their investigations and get all the necessary evidence.
Amount of Compensation
The amount of compensation you might have a right to seek is dependent on a number of matters: –
- How bad your injuries are;
- Your age;
- Your job and employment history;
- How much time you have had off work and how much time you might be off work in the future;
- Whether or not you can return to your pre-injury work or career;
- The extent of your medical and rehabilitative treatment in the past and in the future;
- Whether or not you require personal care assistance or help with your activities of daily living (by either family or friends or by a commercial service provider ie if you pay for a cleaner or a nurse to help you because of your injuries).
Lockett McCullough Lawyers Brisbane have a team of personal injury lawyers and compensation lawyers servicing Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Queensland and are available to assist you. Our services are offered on a “no win no fee” insurance and injury compensation law and legal services across Brisbane and servicing Queensland.
Our team of professional Brisbane personal injury lawyers and compensation lawyers offer services in and around Brisbane and Queensland for:
- Superannuation and total and permanent disability insurance claims;
- Medical negligence;
- Road and/or motor vehicle injury claims;
- Workers compensation claims;
- Dependency actions;
- Other personal injury compensation claims (such as slip and fall, product liability);
- Superannuation and other insurance law claims.
We are a small Brisbane and Sunshine Coast based business and supporting small Brisbane business means you will get a better and more personalised customer service and you will get to speak with a lawyer about your claim.
When you first contact a law firm, you should be given the opportunity to consult with a lawyer who will be your representative during the course of the claim. Of course, you can expect that you will discuss certain matters with a legal secretary or a paralegal, but you should be given the opportunity to talk about your claims and get advice at the start.
If you weren’t given that opportunity – it should be a red flag. Assistants and paralegals can’t give legal advice.
You should also ensure that the advice you are being given about your compensation claim or workers compensation matter make sense to you. Is it being explained in a way that you understand. If it is, this is a good start. Our Brisbane lawyers can explain to you the “good, bad and ugly” of entering into a compensation legal claim so you know what will be involved.
Having an experienced lawyer who can clearly explain the gist of the case and the (often complex) law in the area is a good sign!
You should also check out Google reviews of that law firm. This will give an indication of the type of people that work for this firm and experiences of other clients. If they are overwhelmingly positive – you could be in the right place!
And finally – ask questions! If the lawyers offer to help and answer your questions about your case these are the people you want to have on your side. You should have a good rapport with your legal representative.
How to Get Started
1. Contact us for a free consultation today
Contact our lawyers who can make a quick assessment of your case on the phone, by email, in person or by video conferencing.
2. Talk to our Brisbane and Queensland based lawyers
Every case is different so whilst we cannot make any guarantees, based on what you tell us, if we think that there is a good prospects of success, we will go through the claims process with you in detail and give you an estimate of your legal fees and TS & Cs of “no win no fee” costs arrangement.
3. Get your evidence together
Once you agree to go ahead with your claim you will sign a contract with us to authorise us to be your legal representatives. We will then start gathering all the evidence necessary to access any lump sum compensation.
4. Start your case
We will start your claim against the person or company we say is responsible for causing your accident and injury. There is normally an insurer who is responsible for payment of any compensation.
No Win No Fee
Lockett McCullough Lawyers Brisbane offers “no win no fee” payment arrangements for any approved personal injury and compensation matters. In these approved cases, this will include your professional legal costs and expenses required to conduct your case (ie costsfor medical evidence)
You can contact us and sit down with our lawyers and discuss your case on a no obligation basis and find out how we can help you and the prospects of success and it won’t cost you anything.
“No win no fee” means that you don’t need to pay upfront and you do not need to pay us until you receive lump sum compensation.
Lockett McCullough Lawyers Brisbane and Queensland Office Locations
Our office is located at:
2 Bayliss St
Brisbane QLD 4066
07 3870 8244
|Albany Creek Office|
721 Albany Creek
Brisbane QLD 4035
07 3264 7692
113 Poinciana Ave
We also provide legal services across Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and all of greater Queensland.
If you can’t come to us, we can come to you. We offer home consultations or hospital consultations. We can even meet you for coffee at your local.
Our Brisbane team of professional personal injury and compensation lawyers at Lockett McCullough Lawyers Brisbane can offer a no obligation free consultation to discuss your case and how we might be able to help. We can sit down with you and offer our expertise and provide legal advice about your case.