If you have been injured in a motor vehicle or car accident, whether you were a driver, passenger, pedestrian, cyclist, on a motorbike or public transport, like a bus or train, or in a truck – you could be entitled to a compensation claim.

Shine Lawyers have a team of motor vehicle accident lawyers that can help you find out if you have a case, and bring forward a claim for compensation on your behalf. Our motor vehicle compensation experts provide legal services on a no win no fee basis and offer home and hospital visits at your convenience.

Common questions about motor vehicle accident compensation claims

What is the motor vehicle accident claims process?
How do I know if I have a motor vehicle accident claim?
How do I make a motor vehicle accident compensation claim?
What do I have to pay if I make a motor vehicle accident claim?
What can I claim motor vehicle accident compensation for?
How much can I receive in motor vehicle accident compensation?
How long does a motor vehicle accident claim take?
Is there a time limit on when I can bring forward a motor vehicle compensation claim?

What is the motor vehicle accident claims process?

Shine Lawyers have expert motor vehicle compensation lawyers that can advise you of your rights under law in Queensland. No two cases are the same, but generally, the below process represents how a person goes through the legal process with Shine Lawyers.

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How do I know if I have a motor vehicle accident claim?

Shine has a expert team of motor vehicle accident lawyers that can assist you with your claim. There are certain criteria you need to meet for a claim to be successful, as lawyers, we will need to prove:

  1. That the person or organisation at fault had an obligation to take reasonable care, which means to be safe on the roads;
  2. That this person or organisation didn’t take reasonable care – for example, a driver ran a red light; and
  3. That you were injured as a result.

If another person was at fault, you can make a Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance claim, even if the vehicles involved were unregistered or unidentified.

There are also avenues to compensation if you are the dependant of someone that died as a result of a motor vehicle accident. You may be able to claim for funeral expenses and loss of financial support.

It always best to seek legal advice as soon as possible following an accident, to make sure you get the right advice for your situation.

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How do I make a motor vehicle accident compensation claim?

Shine Lawyers are expert motor vehicle compensation lawyers that can help you find out if you have a claim, and bring it forward on your behalf. This area of law is quite complex, and thorough assessment of your situation and the particular facts of your case are important in establishing your right to compensation.

As part of our service offering we include an obligation free first consultation, which means you can get an understanding of your rights under Queensland law.

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What do I have to pay if I make a motor vehicle accident claim?

In most cases, the insurance company of those at fault will pay the compensation. The insurance company deals with everything, so the driver or party at fault won’t have to pay out of their own pocket.

When it comes to your legal costs, Shine Lawyers work on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning you will only pay our legal fees if we win your case. Our costs depend on the amount of work required to resolve your claim.

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What can I claim motor vehicle accident compensation for?

A motor vehicle accident claim will cover all of your physical and psychological injuries and losses, which includes both past and future loses.

You may be able to claim for things like:

  • Medical and hospital expenses
  • Rehabilitation expenses
  • Loss of earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Help you’ve needed at home.

These costs are usually covered by the other driver’s insurance company, along with any damage to your car and contents.

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How much can I receive in motor vehicle accident compensation?

The actual amount of motor vehicle accident compensation you’re entitled to will depend on factors such as your age, how badly you’re injured, how much you’ve lost in earnings, and how much you’ve paid out of your own pocket for treatment so far.

In most cases, you’ll need to see a medical specialist who will write reports to support your claim. Your lawyer will typically guide you through this process and arrange for all this to happen on your behalf.

Depending on the nature of your motor vehicle claim, in most instances a monetary value is placed on the gap between your predicted life path before the injury, and your actual life path since the injury.

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How long does a motor vehicle accident claim take?

Many motor vehicle accident claims are resolved within 12 to 18 months, but more complex cases can take longer. It depends on how complicated your individual situation is, how serious your injuries are and the treatment you’ll need to restore your health.

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Is there a time limit on when I can bring forward a motor vehicle compensation claim?

No matter your situation, the law sets time limits around when you can make a claim. Usually, you’ll need to lodge your claim within three years of the date you were injured, but this timeframe can be shorter in certain situations, so it’s extremely important to seek legal advice as soon as possible.

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