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What should I do if I’m in a car accident?

We understand that being in a car accident can be a stressful situation. If you ever find yourself in one, the first thing you should do is to make sure everyone, including yourself, is OK and to call 000 if the police, ambulance or fire services are needed.

Collect the other party’s details

It’s very important to remember to collect the other party’s details after a car accident. This will help you claim on your car insurance and the assist the police if they need to investigate. You’ll also need the other party’s details if you’ve suffered an injury from the car accident and need to make a compensation claim with the compulsory third party (CTP) insurer.

Find out what to do if the other party has left the scene of a car accident or refuses to provide their details.

Making a car accident injury compensation claim

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you may be eligible for a range of compensation benefits to help you move forward with your life. Slater and Gordon’s team of experienced car accident lawyers can help look after your legal claim, so you can focus on your recovery.

We have assisted clients who have sustained injuries such as:

  • A brain injury

  • Spinal cord injuries

  • Fractures

  • Whiplash

  • Soft tissue injuries

  • Nervous shock / psychological injuries

  • Scarring

Find out if you have a claim in just 3 minutes

Use our free Online Claim Check to find out your rights and whether you have a claim.

Your entitlements

Your compensation entitlements for your injury may include:

  • Medical expenses and care
  • Payments for loss of income
  • Lump sum impairment benefits
  • Other expenses such as rehabilitation, in-home care, and medical aids and equipment

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 Slater and Gordon’s fees (the fees that we charge for the work we do on your case).

Step through the process

Every claim is different, but here is an outline of some of the steps you might go through when making a claim for your car accident injury.

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.

**Learn more about your free initial appointment

You’ll need to contact the insurance company or government agency that manages these types of claims in your state to lodge your claim.

Learn more about making a claim

Once you choose Slater and Gordon, we’ll begin gathering the necessary information and evidence about 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 help 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 that you’ll have a team on your side looking after your interests.

Learn more about what to expect

How Slater and Gordon can support you

With over 85 years’ experience helping people with their claims under our belt, our team of car accident lawyers have the experience and resources to seamlessly take care of your claim, so your tomorrow can start today.

Meetings that are convenient for you

We understand that there may be circumstances where you may not be able to travel. We have offices nationwide including in major cities of Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, so we can come to you at home, at the hospital, over the phone or via video conference.

Free social work services

We understand that seeking compensation is only one aspect of your journey after a life-changing accident. We know you need support, and we help provide it where you need it.

Learn more about our free social work services

85+ years of experience means we’re experts in the process

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 highly trained support staff.

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 try and achieve the best outcome possible.

Joanne Panagakis

General Manager

Sandrine Lepage

Senior Associate

Emelia Boughen

Client Intake Lawyer

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