Personal injury claims can be made for hundreds or maybe thousands of different reasons that includes traffic accidents, slip and falls, work accident, medical negligence and so on. However, not all accidents entitle you to claim; that’s why it’s important to understand whether you have a personal injury case from a legal perspective.
Breach of duty of care
Breach of duty of care can be explained as causing an injury due to being negligent. For example, you breach your duty of care if you cause an accident and injure someone that could have been prevented if you were more responsible.
Breach of duty of care is applicable to public liability, medical negligence, workers compensation and motor vehicle accident claims.
Anyone, including a driver, motorist, property owner, factory manager, surgeon, or pharmacist can breach the duty of care.
Physical or psychological damages
Personal injury claims can be made if you suffer a physical or psychological injury. Physical injuries can include back, leg, shoulder and brain injuries; psychological injuries can include PTSD, depression and bipolar disorder.
The nature of the accident and the type of the injury (being physical and psychological) are significantly important when it comes to evaluating a potential personal injury claim.
Physical and psychological injuries have different evaluation procedures and threshold levels. For example, you may be entitled to workers compensation or work injury damages (common law) compensation at the same time.
How long do you have to sue for personal injury?
Time limits are crucial to know whether you are eligible for making a personal injury claim or not; however,. You can find the personal injury claim time limits in NSW below:
|Claim type||Action||Time Limit|
|Motor Vehicle Injury Claims||• Reporting to the police|
• Claiming back pay for loss of earnings
• Starting the claim
• Starting a common law claim
|• 28 days
• 28 days
• 3 months
• 3 years
|Workers Compensation Claims||• Reporting to the employer|
• Submit a claim form submission
• Starting a common law claim
• 6 months
• 3 years
|Public Liability Claims||• Starting the claim||• 3 years|
|Medical Negligence Claims||• Starting the claim||• 3 years|
Table 1: Personal injury claim time limits in NSW
How do I file a personal injury claim?
Each claim has its own filing procedure. You can reach our experienced personal injury lawyers to get professional advice or access the relevant pages below to learn how to file your personal injury claim.
How are damages calculated in personal injury cases?
Your GP or another medical professional will assess your medical condition to calculate your whole person impairment rate which is generally correlated with the amount of your potential payout.
Psychological and physical are calculated separately and then added up to find the overall whole person impairment rate. If you have multiple unrelated injuries, your doctor will evaluate your body parts/systems separately to find out your final whole person impairment rate.
The whole person impairment rate, for work and motor accidents is one of the most important factors to understand the viability of your personal injury claim. How the injury occurred and the extent of your injuries are the most important factors for slip n fall and medical negligence claims. For TPD claims, whether or not you are capable of working due to your injury or condition and whether your policies contain TPD insurance is the most important factor.
How do I increase my personal injury settlement?
Personal injury benefits and/or settlements are generally awarded to cover your past and future loss, and it makes perfect sense to increase that amount as much as you can to protect any potential financial risk in the future.
If you don’t have a personal injury law background, making a positive impact on your personal injury claim might be hard since the law is complex and requires experience. However, you can help your personal injury lawyer by telling your honest story, keeping your expense documents, going to your medical assessments, and maintaining healthy communication with them. Your lawyer duty is to act in your best interests.
How long does a personal injury case take to settle?
When it comes to settling a personal injury claim, the most important variable is the stabilisation of your medical condition.
On the other hand, it depends on your age, the type of the accident and the area of law that applies to the claim you pursue.
You should obtain legal advice from a law firm about your entitlement to pursue a settlement for a personal injury claim. A lawyer will be able to advise you how long the process may take in light of the individual circumstances of your injury.