A Serious Car Accident Can Change Your Life Forever
A motor vehicle accident usually involves at least one motorized vehicle like a car, truck, tractor-trailer, bus or motorcycle. Yet, serious single and multiple-car accidents can also happen when a car or truck, for example, collides with a pedestrian, cyclist or animal crossing a road.
The injured person or the family of someone killed in a car accident may be entitled to financial compensation over and above the value of any damage to the vehicles involved or the cost of medical care. You need to protect yourself and your family.
If anyone is injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident, it is very important to contact a car accident lawyer right away.
In almost every situation, there are strict time limits for filing a claim. If you do not file documents or give certain notification within these time limits, your claim may be dismissed in the future. Even a one-day delay can make the difference between getting compensated for your care and treatment in future or receiving nothing.
What Type Of Compensation Can You Receive?
Though not everyone who is hurt is entitled to compensation, a car accident lawyer will evaluate your case and give you an honest opinion about your rights. Many factors affect the amount of financial compensation you may receive. These factors include if you have had any fault in the accident and the seriousness of your injuries.
You may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages because of missed time at work
- Potential lost future wages if you cannot continue your same job or your injuries prevent you from working full time
- Ongoing or past pain you might be suffering
- Costs to modify your home or have in-home help.
While it might seem obvious to you that the other driver is at fault, the insurance company might try to place some of the blame on you. Your accident lawyer can protect you from being unfairly blamed for causing or contributing to the cause of the accident.
Lodging a CTP Claim
Every driver involved in an car crash with injuries must report the accident to the police station nearest to where the accident occurred. Also, anyone who intends to claim compensation from a Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance provider should inform the police before any claim can move forward.
Claims for compensation from CTP should be lodged with the insurer of the driver who was responsible. You must file documents within strict timelines or you may be prevented from ever lodging a claim.
When lodging a claim:
- Make certain to obtain and record the license and vehicle registration number of the other vehicle
- Confirm that the accident was reported to the police
- Obtain a copy of the police department accident report, if any
- Obtain and complete a Notice of Accident Claim Form and if needed, a Fatal Injury Claim Form from any CTP insurer
- Have your GP or medical specialist complete the medical certificate portion of the form
- Send the following items to the CTP insurer of the driver who is at fault in the accident as soon possible:
- Completed form
- Medical reports
- Documents supporting your claims
- Accounts and receipts for expenses related to the accident
CTP claims and car accident compensation claims can be very complicated and time-sensitive. It is important to stress that if you accidentally miss even one deadline, you may never receive compensation for your injuries.
Accident Injury Lawyers Are Here To Help You
Enlist the help of an expert compensation or car accident lawyer. You will maximize your chance of obtaining fair compensation for any injustice you or your loved one has experienced.
Car accident lawyers are on your side, not the insurance company’s side. Your lawyer will protect your interests and make sure that you receive the most compensation possible. Accident lawyers are specialists and can coordinate the numerous, complicated details for you.
Filing claims for injuries received in a car accident is a complex and time sensitive affair. A specialist will help you document every aspect of your injuries and ensure that each step is thoroughly completed and claims are lodged on time.
At Taylor & Scott, we are Sydney’s leading and most experienced car accident lawyers. We have been been helping our clients win difficult CTP claims since 1905.
One of our experienced lawyers will be happy to provide a no-obligation free initial assessment of your case, drawing on the firm’s century of legal experience.
At Taylor & Scott “ We Care For You.”