If you’ve been hurt in a road accident, you may be entitled to compensation benefits. Road accidents can be life-changing and the steps you need to take afterwards can seem overwhelming. That’s why at Slater and Gordon, we’re dedicated in supporting you through the process so you can concentrate on your recovery.
Road accidents can lead to many types of physical or psychological injuries. We have extensive experience in helping clients with a wide range of injuries access their benefits and compensation from the TAC, including clients who have sustained injuries such as:
A brain injury
Spinal cord injuries
Soft tissue injuries
Nervous shock/psychological injuries
No Win - No Fee*
We are the original No Win, No Fee* lawyers. This means that if you don’t win you don’t pay the fees for the work we do on your case.
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Understanding what you can claim for and when
You may make a claim in a range of circumstances, including:
A child or dependent of yours has been injured on the road
If you were a pedestrian or cyclist involved in a road accident
You were injured on public transport
You’ve suffered psychological trauma as a result of an immediate family member being fatally injured on the road
You’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident whilst working, including on the road or off-road (e.g. in a tractor, quad bike or forklift accident).
One of the most important things to do right now is to understand your options by seeking legal advice as soon as possible. In most cases, a claim for compensation with the TAC must be lodged within 12 months of the accident. Get in touch with us as soon as you can and we can help you with your next steps.
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Even if you were at fault in the accident, you may be entitled to:
- Medical expenses and care
- Weekly payments for loss of income
- Lump sum impairment benefits
- Other expenses such as rehabilitation equipment and medical aids, and home and vehicle modifications
Understanding common law claims
In a road or transport accident case, a common law claim involves taking action against a negligent party. So, if another person was at fault for your accident and you have a serious injury, you may be entitled to claim damages through a common law claim.
For example, if the driver of the other car ran a stop sign, causing the accident, then you may be entitled to common law compensation. This can compensate you for your pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and past and future financial loss which is in addition to your other Transport Accident Commission (TAC) entitlements.
How we can support you
With over 85 years’ experience in successfully assisting Motor Vehicle Accident claims, we will be by your side, whenever and however you need us.
We understand that there may be circumstances where you may not be able to travel. We
have offices nationwide. We’ll make sure we can get to you.
We've been representing injured people for over 85 years. We are efficient, know the system and are confident we can help you. The legal team looking after your claim will include your lawyer, legal assistants and some of the most highly trained support staff in the industry.
No Win, No Fee*
Our No Win - No Fee* arrangement is generally available for all types of Motor Vehicle Accident claims. This means you don’t pay for our legal fees unless your case is successful. Being No Win - No Fee* lawyers allows us to help many people whose financial circumstances might otherwise deny them access to legal representation.
Step through the process
Every TAC case is different. But here is an outline of some of the steps you might go through when making or disputing a claim
We know that making a claim can seem daunting and it’s hard to know where to start. We can give you the information and guidance you need to assess your options,and help make the process less stressful. In this appointment, we’ll answer any questions and help you decide on the best course of action for you.
You'll need to make a claim with the insurance company or government agency that manages these types of claims in your State. In Victoria, this is the TAC.
Once you choose Slater and Gordon, we’ll begin gathering evidence on the accident to prepare your case.
So we can get a better understanding of your injury and the impact it has on your life you might need to get an independent medical examination to assess your injury. We’ll arrange these appointments for you.
We’ll help support you at every step of your journey to get you the compensation you deserve. While it’s very rare for cases to proceed all the way to court you can be confident of the best legal representation including a specialist barrister when it’s required.
Meet the team
When you work with us, you’ll have your own team of legal experts looking after your
case. Experienced and always working for your success, they will work closely with you to achieve the best outcome possible.