What is the TAC and what does TAC do?
The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) is an organisation owned by the Victorian State Government. The function of the TAC, is to provide compensation to people injured in transport accidents (including cars, motorcycles, trains, trams and busesand in some cases bicycles). The TAC obtains its revenue from the registration fees paid by Victorian motorists. The ability of the TAC to pay compensation, is governed by the Transport Accident Act.
What compensation could you claim from the TAC if another party was to blame (at least in part) for the accident?
Our TAC lawyers can help you pursue a TAC common law claim for TAC compensation if it can be established that the accident was caused, or partly caused, by the fault of another party. A TAC common law claim entitles you to claim for:
The total amount available in a TAC common law claim is $1,419,240.00.
For more information regarding a potential TAC common law claim go to Compensation - Common Law Claim.
What other TAC benefits could you be entitled to?
People injured in transport accidents are entitled to claim a range of other benefits from the TAC regardless of how the accident occurred.
TAC benefits include:
- Payment of medical and related expenses
- Weekly payments for being unable to work
- A lump sum for any permanent injury, known as an “impairment benefit”.
For accidents occurring before 16 December 2004, the total amount available for a TAC lump sum impairment benefit is $83,410.00. For any transport accidents occurring on or after 16 December 2004, the total amount available for a TAC lump sum impairment benefit is $281,090.00. Contact a TAC lawyer at Slater & Gordon Lawyers to see how our specialist TAC lawyers can help you.
For more information regarding TAC benefits and how a Slater & Gordon TAC lawyer can help you, go to benefits available from the TAC.
Why seek legal advice from a TAC lawyer about your TAC claim or TAC compensation?
It is important that you seek independent legal advice from a specialist TAC lawyer to ensure that:
- You receive the most compensation that you are entitled to from your TAC claim
- You are aware of the total range of benefits available to assist with your recovery
- Your entitlement to benefits is correctly assessed by the TAC
Slater & Gordon TAC lawyers have been operating a department dedicated solely to TAC claims since 1994. The majority of TAC lawyers have worked in the department throughout this period. This means that you reap the benefits of our specialist TAC lawyers’ who have accumulated knowledge of the TAC scheme and their many years of experience in negotiating claims and obtaining successful results from the TAC for our clients.
Are you unhappy with a decision made by the TAC?
If the TAC have made a decision that you are unhappy with, our TAC claims lawyers can also advise you of your chances of successfully challenging that decision. Strict time limits apply with TAC claims, so it is important that you seek advice from a TAC lawyer immediately.
How will I pay for the legal fees of my TAC claim?
Slater & Gordon lawyers pioneered the No Win - No Fee™ scheme. This means you do not pay for professional fees unless your case against the TAC is successful. This scheme is available for TAC claims. You will receive a document setting out the details of the no win no fee scheme after your first appointment.
If you want to learn more about the claims schemes available in other states please click here.
Making an additional claim
Superannuation and Total Permanent Disability (TPD) Claims
If you have superannuation and sustain an injury, you may be able to access a lump sum payment through your policy. Many people are unaware that their superannuation policy provides additional benefits. An experienced superannuation and insurance lawyer will assist you in identifying whether such benefits exist in your policy and submit an application on your behalf. If your application is rejected, your lawyer will advise you of the process for challenging the decision.
In addition, you may have a personal insurance policy, such as life insurance, income protection insurance, sickness and accident insurance, which may include provisions for compensation should you be injured in an accident.
These benefits may be available in addition to other forms of compensation and benefits. You should seek legal advice from a Slater & Gordon lawyer in our superannuation and insurance department regarding your entitlement to claim compensation.
Please click here for more Superannuation & Insurance related information.