Watch our client Teddy’s story of how his claim went through the Serious Injury Fast Track Application process and how that helped him get on with his life.
The Serious Injury Fast Track Application process, also known as a “fast track claim” was introduced by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) to help people who have been seriously injured in a car or road accident, access compensation faster, so they can move on with their lives sooner.
How does it work?
If you’ve been seriously injured in a road accident that was not your fault, you may be able to lodge a fast track claim with the TAC so you can be issued with a Serious Injury Certificate. This certificate will allow you to make a claim for common law compensation sooner and more easily.
If you’re eligible for a fast track claim you may be able to obtain your Serious Injury Certificate within 48 hours of lodging your claim, as opposed to the usual 18+ months waiting time.
The speedier timeline and less onerous application process for these types of claims is recognition by the TAC that in serious injury cases, people require greater financial certainty in addition to their medical care and rehabilitation.
What is classed as a “serious injury”?
To be classified as having a serious injury for the purpose of a fast track application, the injury will need to be clear, demonstrable and permanent. The TAC will base their decision on the long term consequences of the injury.
This may include the following:
Major spinal injuries
Loss of a limb
Loss of a body function
Permanent serious scarring or disfigurement
An injury that requires major and significant surgeries.
We understand that all injuries can have an impact on your life. Even if your injury doesn’t fall into the categories above, you may still be eligible to claim compensation, including common law compensation.
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What is common law compensation?
Common law claims in a road and transport accident case involves taking action against the party that caused the accident and your injury.
If your claim is successful you may be eligible for lump sum payments to compensate for your:
- Pain and suffering
- Past and future economic loss.
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