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Personal Injury Lawyers – No Win No Fee Lawyers

Personal Injury Compensation Lawyers

* Strict time limits apply when making a claim. Do not delay.

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No Win No Fee

Every single case we take on is covered by our No Win No Fee guarantee. This means that we will cover all the costs of your claim as it progresses and, if you do not receive a payout at the end of your claim, we will not charge you anything for legal fees or outlays.

How We Charge

No win, no fee. Free initial advice. 30% maximum cap on fees. No uplift fees. Disbursements paid upfront. No interest charged on disbursements. No charges for postage, photocopying, telephone provider costs or incidentals. For more information on how we charge, click here.

Our Areas of Expertise

Work Injuries

If you have been injured at your workplace, whilst working or whilst driving to or from work, you may be entitled to lodge a workers’ compensation claim.

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Road Accident Injuries

Have you been injured in a car accident, motorbike accident, truck or bus accident or injured when riding a bicycle or scooter or struck by a vehicle as a pedestrian? You may be able to make a CTP claim.

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Head & Brain Injuries

If you have suffered an Acquired Brain Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury or any other Head Injury as a result of a someone’s else’s negligence, you may be able to pursue one or more claims.

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Spinal Cord Injuries

If you have a spinal cord injury from an accident or incident which was caused by someone’s else’s negligence, you will be able to pursue one or more claims.

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NIIS Injuries

If you are injured at work or in a motor vehicle accident and suffer a spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, high level or multiple amputations, a brachial plexus injury, severe burns or legal blindness, you will be eligible to receive NIIS benefits.

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Other Injuries (Public Liability Claims)

If you have been injured in a public place or at another person’s residence, premises, business or workplace, or otherwise as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to bring a public liability claim.

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Sexual Abuse Injury Claims

Have you suffered childhood abuse, sexual assault or sexual harassment? You may be able to pursue one or more claims.

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Psychiatric and Psychological Injuries

If you have suffered a psychiatric injury or psychological injury as a result of someone’s intentional or negligent act, you may be entitled to bring a personal injury claim.

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Medical Negligence Claims

Have you suffered unexpected injury at the hands of a hospital, doctor, nurse or other health practitioner? If so, you may be able to pursue a medical negligence claim.

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Total & Permanent Disability Claims

If you are unable to work in any of your previous roles as a result of injury, illness or disability, you could be entitled to pursue a total and permanent disability (“TPD”) claim.

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Claims Process Explained

We make the process easy with 4 simple steps.

1

Free Initial Advice

Arrange a free initial chat with one of our expert lawyers to discuss your personal injury claim.

2

Lodge Claim

We lodge your personal injury claim with the CTP insurer, NIISQ, WorkCover Queensland or other insurer.

3

Gather Evidence

We gather all medical and other evidence required to support your personal injury claim.

4

Settlement

We handle all negotiations with the insurer and ensure that you achieve a great settlement.

Free Initial Advice

Call our office today to receive your free initial advice. We will ask a number of questions to determine precisely what occurred and will then provide you with our advice on your rights, entitlements and obligations, as well as your all important time limits.

We will then arrange for you to meet with one of our expert personal injury lawyers (in person or via Videolink), for a no obligation consultation, where we will obtain more detailed information from you and advise you on your prospects of success.

We will also explain the whole process and costs and will devise a plan of attack for you from there. You can then decide what you want to do.

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    Common FAQs

    All You need to know about Personal Injury Compensation Claims

    Can a personal injury lawyer attend at my home address for an initial consultation about the claim?

    We are happy to attend at the home address of clients for an initial, no obligation consultation in relation to their claim.

    Is the first attendance in relation to my personal injury claim no obligation and free?

    Yes the first attendance is a free no-obligation consultation.

    What are Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialists in Personal Injury Law?

    A Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in personal injury law means that a solicitor has undertaken an extensive period of study and examination in the area of personal injury law and has passed this course and examination.

    Given the difficulty in passing the accreditation course, there are only a limited number of Accredited Specialists in Personal Injury Law in Queensland.

    What is a no win, no fee personal injury lawyer?

    A no win, no fee lawyer allows injured people to access compensation for the injuries they have sustained without having to pay legal fees or outlays until their claims have successfully resolved and they have received a damages pay out. This means we can run your claim with no upfront costs paid by you. We will only charge you on successful conclusion of your claim. If you do not receive a settlement award, we will not charge a fee or recoup our outlays.

    What types of injuries does East Coast Injury lawyers deal with?
    • Head injuries
    • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and acquired brain injuries (ABI)
    • Post-concussion syndrome
    • Spinal cord injuries, including tetraplegia (also known as quadriplegia) and paraplegia
    • Brachial plexus injuries
    • Amputations
    • Catastrophic injuries
    • Injuries causing death
    • Neurological injuries
    • Thoracic outlet syndrome
    • Complex regional pain syndrome
    • Cauda equina injuries
    • Facial and jaw injuries
    • Spinal injuries
    • Whiplash injuries
    • Neck injuries
    • Back injuries
    • Fractures and dislocations
    • Shoulder injuries
    • Elbow injuries
    • Hand, wrist and finger injuries
    • Carpal tunnel injuries
    • Repetitive strain injury
    • Vibration injuries
    • White finger syndrome injuries
    • Pelvis and hip injuries
    • Internal organ injuries
    • Abdominal injuries
    • Hernias
    • Groin injuries
    • Leg and thigh injuries
    • Knee injuries
    • Foot and ankle injuries
    • Toe injuries
    • Soft tissue injuries
    • Electrocution injuries
    • Blindness
    • Industrial hearing loss
    • Burns
    • Cuts, lacerations and bruises
    • Chemical injuries
    • Scarring
    • Chronic pain disorder
    • Psychiatric and psychological injuries including depression, stress, posttraumatic stress disorder, adjustment disorder, anxiety, traffic phobia, pain disorder
    • Nervous shock injuries
    • A disease caused by your employment
    • Fatal injuries / death
    • Aggravation of pre-existing injuries
    • Aggravation of pre-existing degeneration
    What types of personal injury claims does East Coast Injury lawyers take on?

    East Coast Injury Lawyers handles the following claims where individuals have been:

    • injured at work
    • injured on someone else’s worksite or business
    • injured on the road
    • injured in a car accident
    • injured in a motor vehicle accident
    • injured in a motorcycle accident
    • injured in a truck accident
    • injured in a bus accident
    • injured as a cyclist after being struck by a car, motorcycle, bus or truck
    • injured as a pedestrian after being struck by a car, motorcycle, bus or truck
    • injured as a scooter rider after being struck by a car, motorcycle, bus or truck
    • Injured in a slip and fall accident
    • injured in a trip and fall accident
    • injured at someone else’s home or rental premises
    • injured in a boating accident
    • injured in a jetski accident
    • injured in a watersporting accident (skiing, wakeboarding, tubing, etc)
    • injured on a playground
    • injured in a public park
    • injured in a gym or leisure centre
    • injured in a residential or commercial building
    • injured at school
    • injured by a dog, horse or other animal
    • injured during sporting activities
    • injured at a recreational activity venue
    • injured at an amusement park or venue
    • injured by defective equipment or faulty products
    • injured in a train accident
    • injured in an aeroplane, airline or aviation accident
    • injured through physical assaults
    • injured at the hands of a doctor, hospital or other treating practitioner
    • physically or psychologically injured from sexual assault, sexual abuse or sexual harassment
    • psychologically injured following the serious injury or death of someone else
    • injured or become ill and are no longer able to work in their previous employment

    For more information on the claims we handle, click here.

    How much does a personal injury lawyer charge?

    We act on a no win no fee basis, provided we are confident that your claim has reasonable prospects of success. That means that you do not have to pay anything at all in relation to your claim until you achieve a successful outcome. We are then paid for our time out of your settlement monies or court awarded monies.

    Our firm also covers any expenses (sometimes called “outlays” or “disbursements”) associated with the claim, such as the costs of conducting relevant searches (like motor vehicle registration searches, police report searches, business name searches and company searches of potential defendants or employers), obtaining copies of any medical records and obtaining expert medical evidence. We are then reimbursed for those expenses once you receive your settlement monies.

    In terms of how much you will be charged, this varies from firm to firm and will also depend on how much work is required in order to resolve your claim.

    Most personal injury law firms will charge on a time cost basis, calculated on an hourly rate broken down into six (6) minute intervals. Some of the larger firms can charge as much as $200 more per hour than what the smaller firms charge, due to the need for those larger firms to cover their significant overheads, large advertising budget and, in some cases, being answerable to shareholders on the stock market. There can therefore be a significant difference between what you are charged from firm to firm.

    Being charged less by a smaller, boutique firm is not the only advantage. You also receive that personal service and contact from the smaller firms that you would not necessarily receive from the larger firms.

    In terms of overall costs, in smaller claims (eg a settlement of, say, $30,000), the personal injury lawyer’s fees may be as low as $5,000 to $10,000 (even if the solicitor has undertaken more work than what that represents) and in larger claims (eg $400,000 or more) your fees may be in excess of $100,000, depending on the stage at which your matter resolves.

    Obviously, if you proceed to trial then your costs may be very significant, whereas if you resolve your claim at the earliest possible opportunity, without selling yourself short, then you can save a significant amount in costs.

    For more information on how we charge, click here.

    What do personal injury lawyers cover?

    There are a number of different types of claims that personal injury lawyers handle, including the following:

    1.  National Injury Insurance Scheme (NIIS) claims – if you have suffered serious injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident or work accident, then you can make a claim for NIIS benefits. Serious injuries includes traumatic brain injury, permanent spinal cord injury, permanent brachial plexus injury, multiple or high level amputations, severe burns and permanent blindness caused by trauma.
    2. Car accident injury claims – these claims can even arise from single vehicle accidents if you are a passenger or if someone else’s negligence caused the accident;
    3. Motorbike accident injury claims  – these claims can even arise from a single motorcycle accident if you are a passenger or if someone else’s negligence caused the accident;
    4. Work accident injury claims – even if your employer has taken you on as a subcontractor and you work under an ABN, you may still have an entitlement to workers’ compensation benefits and any claim that flows from that;
    5. Boating accident injury claims;
    6. Public liability injury claims  – eg claims that arise from accidents happening at the beach, in a park, on a footpath, on Council owned land, etc;
    7. Occupiers liability claims – ie claims that arise from injuries sustained on someone else’s property, whether that be at their home or place of business, in the property you are renting, at a shopping centre or at a theme park, for instance;
    8. Medical negligence claims – where your treating practitioner’s conduct has failed to meet a reasonable standard of care;
    9. Dependency claims – in circumstances where an income provider in the family has died as a result of someone else’s negligence, that person’s dependents can make a claim for the money that the deceased would have provided to them until they were no longer dependent upon them. A claim can also be made for the loss of the deceased’s services in and around the home;
    10. Nervous shock claims – these claims can be brought by witnesses to an accident or anyone with a close connection (e.g. family members) to the injured or deceased person, in circumstances where the witnesses or family members suffer a diagnosable psychiatric injury as a result of witnessing, or hearing about, the accident and the injuries sustained;
    11. Loss of consortium claim – this is a claim that exists in Queensland which can be brought by a spouse (including a defacto partner) for the loss of love and affection of their husband/wife/partner due to the impact that their injuries have had upon them. Most times, these claims will only be able to be brought when the injured person has suffered significant injuries, as there is a threshold which has to be met before a spouse can be entitled to claim loss of consortium compensation;
    12. Loss of servitium claim – this is a claim that exists in Queensland which can also be brought by a spouse (including a defacto partner) for the loss of services of their husband/wife/partner around the home (or, in some cases, at work, if self-employed) due to the impact that their injuries have had upon them. These claims will only be able to be brought when the injured person has suffered significant injuries (or has died), as there is a threshold which has to be met before a spouse can be entitled to claim loss of servitium compensation.
    13. Total and permanent disability claims – where because of injury, illness or disability, you are unlikely to return to any work for which you are reasonably qualified by way of education, training or experience. In some cases, you may be entitled to these benefits if you cannot return to your usual occupation (rather than any work for which you are recently qualified);
    14. Income protection claims – which might arise under your superannuation policy or under some other insurance policy that you have taken out. In some cases, you can receive these benefits (as a top up) whilst also receiving WorkCover benefits;

    For more information on the claims we handle, click here.

    What is considered to be a personal injury?

    Personal injuries come in many forms and compensation can be payable in many cases. A personal injury can arise from a number of different things, including the following: 

    1. Physical or psychological injuries sustained directly as a result of an accident including road accidents, work accidents, accidents at home , accidents on private property and accidents on public property;
    2. Injuries sustained over a period of time from duties at work – these can include injuries to the back, shoulders, wrists and the like and can be caused by repetitive movements, prolonged heavy work, prolonged overhead work or using vibrating machinery like high pressure hoses, jack hammers, whippersnippers, blowers and the like;
    3. Injuries suffered secondary to, or as a result of, the original injuries – these might include a psychological injury, like an Adjustment Disorder with Anxiety and Depression, which develops as a result of the impact the original physical injury is having upon you. Other physical injuries can develop secondary to an original injury, like a shoulder injury developing in the left shoulder as a result of having to compensate for the lack of use of your right shoulder / arm / hand due to an injury;
    4. An aggravation of a pre-existing injury is considered to be an injury;
    5. An aggravation of pre-existing degeneration is considered to be an injury;
    6. Assaults at work, home, school or in a public place; and
    7. Diseases can be considered to be a personal injury, for compensation purposes, if they have been caused by someone else’s negligence – the types of diseases for which compensation can be payable might include mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos or silicosis caused by exposure to silica dust (suffered by many stonemasons).

    The different types of personal injuries can include the following: 

    1. Spinal injury including tetraplegia / quadriplegia, paraplegia, hemiplegia and monoplegia;
    2. Traumatic brain injury;
    3. Head injury;
    4. Post concussion syndrome injury;
    5. Facial injuries;
    6. Injuries to eyes, ears, nose, throat, etc;
    7. Loss of sight, hearing, taste or smell;
    8. Injuries to teeth and gums;
    9. Whiplash injury;
    10. Orthopaedic injuries to cervical spine (neck injury);
    11. Shoulder injuries;
    12. Elbow injuries;
    13. Injuries to wrists, hands and fingers;
    14. Thoracic outlet syndrome injury;
    15. Brachial  plexus injury;
    16. Orthopaedic injuries to thoracic spine (mid-upper back injury);
    17. Orthopaedic injuries to lumbar spine (lower back injury);
    18. Chest injuries;
    19. Internal injuries including injuries to organs (lungs, kidneys, ureter, liver, gall bladder, spleen, pancreas, etc);
    20. Injuries to male or female reproductive system (including impotence and sterility)
    21. Injuries to digestive system;
    22. Bowel and bladder injuries;
    23. Hernias;
    24. Pelvis and hip injuries;
    25. Knee injuries;
    26. Ankle injuries;
    27. Foot injuries;
    28. Toe injuries;
    29. Degloving injuries;
    30. Amputation injuries to fingers, hands, arms, legs, foot or toes, etc
    31. Fractures;
    32. Dislocations;
    33. Lacerated or torn tendons, ligaments and nerves;
    34. Soft tissue musculoligamentous injuries;
    35. Haematomas;
    36. Bruising, lacerations, cuts and abrasions;
    37. Burn injuries;
    38. Repetitive strain injuries (RSI) including carpal tunnel injuries;
    39. Cubital tunnel injuries of the elbow (which can be caused by constant/regular pressure on the elbow or the elbow impacting on a hard surface);
    40. Frozen shoulder injuries;
    41. Scarring; and
    42. Psychological injuries / mental disorders.
    How do you calculate pain and suffering?

    The amount payable for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and loss of amenities is complicated.  In Queensland it is governed / restricted by legislation. In motor vehicle accident injury claims and public liability injury claims, for instance, pain and suffering is calculated by having reference to the Civil Liability Act 2003 and Civil Liability Regulation 2014.

    The amount payable is calculated on a scale by reference to an allocated Injury Scale Value (“ISV”).  The ISV is calculated for a single injury by:

    1. Determining which category or item you fall into in Schedule 4 of the Civil Liability Regulation 2014. For instance, for someone who has been involved in a car accident and sustained a soft tissue musculoligamentous whiplash injury to their cervical spine, with no radiological evidence (x-rays, CT or MRI evidence) of any injury, they would most likely fall within item 88 of Schedule 4 of the Civil Liability Regulation 2014, which carries an ISV range of 5 to 10;
    2. Once you have determined the appropriate item, you then have to work out which ISV within that range of ISVs for that item is appropriate. This is done by reading the examples and commentary in the relevant item and also the examples and commentary in the preceding and subsequent items within Schedule 4 of the Civil Liability Regulation 2014. Further consideration then needs to be given to things like the injured person’s age, life expectancy, pain, suffering and loss of amenities of life, the effects of a pre-existing condition on the injured person and the difficulties in life that the injured person was likely to have experienced in any event whether the injury happened or not; and
    3. Once the appropriate ISV within the range of ISVs has been determined for that injury, then the amount payable for pain and suffering can be calculated in accordance with section 62 of the Civil Liability Act 2003 and Schedule 7 of the Civil Liability Regulation 2014.

    In cases where an injured person has suffered multiple injuries (more than one injury), the amount payable for pain and suffering is calculated by:

    1. Determining which of the multiple injuries is the “dominant injury”, which is defined to mean the injury with the highest range of ISVs (not the injury which is considered to be the most serious);
    2. You would therefore ascertain which category or item each of your injuries falls into in Schedule 4 of the Civil Liability Regulation 2014;and then
    3. Whichever injury then has the highest potential ISV becomes the “dominant injury” and it is that item’s range of ISVs that is then used to calculate the appropriate ISV for your multiple injuries;
    4. Once again, consideration is given to the examples and commentary in the relevant item and the items preceding and following that item but also the examples and commentary within the appropriate items for all other injuries;
    5. If it is considered that the maximum ISV within the range of ISVs of the dominant injury is inadequate to compensate you for your multiple injuries, then an uplift can be applied, which according to the Regulation should rarely be more than 25%, although uplifts of up to 100% have been awarded in appropriate cases. For example, if the maximum ISV within the range of ISVs of the dominant injury is, say, 10, then a 25% uplift (or more) can applied, to bring the relevant ISV to 12.5, which rounds up to an ISV of 13;
    6. Once the appropriate ISV for the multiple injuries has been determined, then the amount payable for pain and suffering can again be calculated in accordance with section 62 of the Civil Liability Act 2003 and Schedule 7 of the Civil Liability Regulation 2014.

    The Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 and the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Regulation 2014 contain similar provisions to regulate how pain and suffering is calculated in Queensland when pursuing a common law claim for damages in relation to a work accident.

    How much should I ask for a Personal Injury Settlement?

    Calculating how much compensation you should be entitled to as a result of a personal injury is extremely difficult. Even very experienced personal injury lawyers and judges can differ in their views on how much compensation a court should award someone for their injury. So what chance does a layperson (or even a lawyer who is not an expert in personal injury claims) have?

    What’s more, every single case is different because every person’s personal circumstances are different. For instance, a 60 year old carpenter who suffers a debilitating back injury at work is going to receive much less compensation than a 30 year old carpenter who sustains the same injury. Numerous other things are then taken into consideration, like how much income that person had earned in the three (3) years prior to the accident, compared to after the accident. Someone who was earning $2,000 net per week, before suffering a debilitating injury, is going to receive much more compensation than someone who was earning $800 net per week prior to their injury. There are, of course, lots of exceptions to the rules that apply in these cases (for example, someone’s career path may have been on the rise when they were injured, such that their future earnings would have been substantially more than their past earnings, if not for the accident) and an expert personal injury lawyer would know how to fully explore all of those issues.

    The types of things that you can recover compensation for include the following:

    1. Pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment and loss of amenities of life;
    2. Past medical expenses, including treatment, medication, personal aids and devices (like crutches, walking sticks, wheelchairs and the like) incurred up to the date of settlement;
    3. Future medical expenses, including treatment, medication, personal aids and devices that are likely to be incurred or required in the future;
    4. Other expenses incurred up to the date of settlement, including costs incurred in having to pay a personal nurse or carer (for those seriously injured), a gardener to mow the lawn or tend to the gardens, a cleaner to come in regularly, expenses incurred in having to engage commercial contractors, tradesmen or handymen or costs incurred in having to get your car professionally cleaned, etc;
    5. Future expenses that may be incurred with respect to engaging a personal nurse or carer and/or any other domestic assistance providers;
    6. Expenses involved with having to alter your home and/or car as a result of your injuries;
    7. Past lost income;
    8. Past lost superannuation;
    9. Future lost earning capacity;
    10. Future lost superannuation;
    11. Past gratuitous care and assistance provided to you (by friends or family members);
    12. Future gratuitous care and assistance likely to be provided to you;
    13. Interest on some of (but not all) past losses suffered;
    14. Management fees (for management of any large settlement sums for anyone who is incapable of managing their own funds, including children and those that have suffered serious brain injuries); and
    15. Some of your legal costs (in certain cases).

    There are limitations or thresholds, however, that apply with respect to some of those heads of damage. For instance, for compensation for gratuitous care and assistance to be paid in a motor vehicle accident injury claim or public liability injury claim you have to have received at least six (6) hours assistance per week for a minimum of six (6) months before you are entitled to receive anything for gratuitous care and assistance provided by your family and friends. In WorkCover claims, however, you are not entitled to claim anything at all for gratuitous care and assistance provided.

    Future losses also have to be discounted to take into consideration the fact that you are receiving a lump sum now, which you can invest, rather than receiving much smaller amounts of money over a long period of time (in some cases, many years). For example, economic loss of $1,000 net per week over a period of, say, 10 years would be discounted to a maximum sum of $413,000 (instead of $520,000 calculated by multiplying $1,000 net per week x 52 weeks x 10 years) to reflect today’s value of receiving $1,000 net per week over a 10 year period. Further discounting is then taken into consideration for contingencies and the vicissitudes of life, which is intended to factor in other things that might occur to the injured person over that 10 year period, including other injuries, illnesses or death.

    It is important to seek legal advice before offering to accept any amount of compensation for your injuries, to ensure that you do not undersell yourself, as you only get one bite of the cherry. Once a personal injury claim is settled, the insurance company will require you to sign a Release and Discharge which states, amongst other things, that you will never come back and ask for any more money.

    What questions should I ask a personal injury lawyer?

    There are no stupid questions; only stupid answers. Hopefully, you will have engaged an expert personal injury lawyer so that you do not receive any stupid answers.

    Some of the important questions that you should ask, or should be thinking about, include the following:

    1. What evidence can I gather to help prove that the Defendant was responsible for my personal injury?
      This might involve taking photographs of the accident scene or the equipment that you were using at the time or getting witness statements to confirm what you say occurred.
    2. What evidence can I obtain to help prove the nature and extent of the injuries that I have suffered?
      This might take the form of obtaining a CT scan or MRI scan and/or making sure that you mention all symptoms and injuries that you are suffering to your doctor, physiotherapist and all other treating practitioners.
      It might also include making sure that any workers’ compensation medical certificates or other medical certificates that you obtain from your doctor does list all injuries on each medical certificate, including any secondary psychological injury or other secondary injuries that you might have suffered or subsequently develop.
    3. What can I do to help convince the insurer (whether that be a CTP insurer, WorkCover Queensland or another insurer) that I am genuinely in pain and now have significant restrictions?
      Your personal injury lawyer should impress upon you the fact that your credibility in these types of claims is very important and you therefore need to be consistent with what you are reporting to the insurer / WorkCover and your doctors, physiotherapist and/or other treating practitioners. If there are inconsistencies in what you are reporting or, if you have failed to report certain things, then the insurer will have difficulty believing what you are saying.
      Insurers also consider what other evidence there is to support the fact that you do have ongoing pain and restriction. They will look at whether you have had to attend upon a doctor, physiotherapist, psychologist, specialist and/or other treating practitioners on a regular basis, whether you have had to take analgesic painkilling medication and/or antidepressant medication on a regular basis, whether you have had to pay for a cleaner, ironing lady, gardener or someone to wash your car as a result of your injuries when you previously did these things yourself, whether you have had friends or family assist you with those types of things, whether you have had to take time off work or leave early on a regular basis, whether you have had to change jobs or undertake lighter work as a result of your injuries, whether that is supported by your employer and also statements from friends and family about how your injuries have impacted upon you.
    What Gold Coast suburbs do we provide legal services to?

    Advancetown, Alberton, Andrews, Ashmore, Austinville, Benowa, Biggera Waters, Bilinga, Bonogin Valley, Broadbeach, Broadbeach Waters, Bundall, Burleigh, Cabbage Tree Point, Cedar Creek, Carrara, Clagiraba, Coolangatta, Coombabah, Coomera, Currumbin, Elanora, Gaven, Guanaba, Gilston, Helensvale, Hollywell, Hope Island, Jacobs Well, Kingsholme, Labrador, Lower Beechmont, Luscombe, Main Beach, Mermaid Beach, Merrimac, Miami, Molendinar, Mudgeeraba, Nerang, Nobby Beach, Norwell, Numinbah, Ormeau, Oxenford, Pacific Pines, Palm Beach, Pimpama, Robina, Runaway Bay, Southport, Springbrook, Stayplyton, Stephens, Surfers Paradise, Tallebudgera, Tugun, Wongawallan, Woongoolba, Worongary, Yatla. We are more than happy to attend at your home residence for an initial, no obligation consultation on you.

    We are more than happy to attend at the hospital, your home or at a café nearby to provide you with some advice during a no obligation, free initial consultation.

    What Brisbane suburbs do we provide personal injury services to?

    Inner suburbs

    Bowen Hills – Brisbane – East Brisbane – Fortitude Valley – Herston – Highgate Hill – Kangaroo Point – Kelvin Grove – New Farm – Newstead – Paddington – Petrie Terrace – Red Hill – South Brisbane – Spring Hill – Teneriffe – West End – Woolloongabba

     

    Northern suburbs

    Albion – Alderley – Ascot – Aspley – Bald Hills – Banyo – Boondall – Bracken Ridge – Bridgeman Downs – Brighton – Brisbane Airport – Carseldine – Chermside – Chermside West – Clayfield – Deagon – Eagle Farm – Everton Park – Fitzgibbon – Gaythorne – Geebung– Gordon Park – Grange – Hamilton – Hendra – Kalinga– Kedron – Keperra – Lutwyche – McDowall – Mitchelton – Myrtletown – Newmarket – Northgate – Nudgee – Nudgee Beach – Nundah – Pinkenba – Sandgate – Shorncliffe – Stafford – Stafford Heights – Taigum – Virginia – Wavell Heights – Wilston – Windsor – Wooloowin – Zillmere

     

    Southern suburbs

    Acacia Ridge – Algester – Annerley – Archerfield – Burbank – Calamvale – Coopers Plains – Darra – Doolandella – Drewvale – Durack – Dutton Park – Eight Mile Plains – Ellen Grove – Fairfield – Forest Lake – Greenslopes – Heathwood – Holland Park – Holland Park West – Inala – Karawatha – Kuraby – Larapinta – Macgregor – Mackenzie – Mansfield – Moorooka – Mount Gravatt – Mount Gravatt East – Nathan – Pallara – Parkinson – Richlands – Robertson – Rochedale – Rocklea – Runcorn – Salisbury – Seventeen Mile Rocks – Sinnamon Park – Stretton – Sumner – Sunnybank – Sunnybank Hills – Tarragindi – Tennyson – Upper Mount Gravatt – Wacol – Willawong – Wishart – Yeerongpilly – Yeronga

     

    Eastern suburbs

    Balmoral – Belmont – Bulimba – Camp Hill – Cannon Hill – Carina – Carindale – Chandler – Coorparoo – Gumdale – Hawthorne – Hemmant – Lota – Lytton – Manly – Manly West – Moreton Island – Morningside – Murarrie – Norman Park – Port of Brisbane – Ransome – Seven Hills – Tingalpa – Wakerley – Wynnum – Wynnum West

     

    Western suburbs

    Anstead – Ashgrove – Auchenflower – Bardon – Bellbowrie – Brookfield – Chapel Hill – Chelmer – Chuwar – Corinda – Enoggera – Enoggera Reservoir – Ferny Grove – Fig Tree Pocket – Graceville – Indooroopilly – Jamboree Heights – Jindalee – Karana Downs – Kenmore – Kenmore Hills – Kholo – Lake Manchester – Middle Park – Milton – Moggill – Mount Coot-tha – Mount Crosby – Mount Ommaney – Oxley – Pinjarra Hills – Pullenvale – Riverhills – Sherwood – Sinnamon Park – St Lucia – Taringa – The Gap – Toowong – Upper Brookfield – Upper Kedron – Westlake

    We are more than happy to attend at the hospital, your home or at a café nearby to provide you with some advice during a no obligation, free initial consultation.

    What suburbs do we provide legal services to in the Logan region?

    Bahrs Scrub, Bannockburn, Beenleigh, Belivah, Berrinba, Bethania, Boronia Heights, Browns Plains, Buccan, Carbrook, Cedar Creek, Cedar Grove, Cedar Vale, Chambers Flat, Cornubia, Crestmead, Daisy Hill, Eagleby, Edens Landing Flagstone, Flinders Lakes, Forestdale Glenlogan, Greenbank Heritage Park, Hillcrest, Holmview Jimboomba Kagaru, Kairabah, Kingston Logan Central, Logan Reserve, Logan Village, Loganholme, Loganlea, Lyons Marsden, Meadowbrook, Monarch Glen, Mount Warren Park, Mundoolun, Munruben, New Beith, North Maclean Park Ridge, Park Ridge South, Priestdale Regents Park, Riverbend, Rochedale South Shailer Park, Silverbark Ridge, Slacks Creek, Springwood, South Maclean, Stockleigh Tamborine, Tanah Merah Underwood, Undullah Veresdale, Veresdale Scrub, Waterford, Waterford West, Windaroo, Wolffdene, Woodhill, Woodridge Yarrabilba

    We are more than happy to attend at the hospital, your home or at a café nearby to provide you with some advice during a no obligation, free initial consultation.

    Managing Director

    Sean Delpopolo

    Sean Delpopolo

    Sean is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law.*

    Sean specialises in work injury claims, workplace injury claims, motor vehicle accident injury claims, motorcycle accident injury claims, other road accident injury claims, brain and head injury claims, spinal injury claims, public liability injury claims, death and fatal injury claims, psychiatric and psychological injury claims and total and permanent disability claims.

    He has been running personal injury claims in Queensland for over 25 years. Sean founded our firm in 2004 and the firm has grown and gone from strength to strength on the background of outstanding service, incredible results and charging really fair fees.

    With an innate sense of fairness and justice, this motivates Sean and his team to do everything they can to ensure that the results they achieve for their clients are something that they can all be proud of. In Sean’s mind, the interests of the firm’s clients come first, before anything else, and this value has flowed on through to the entire team.

    As a father of two daughters, Sean understands that his clients’ personal injury claims can make a huge difference to their lives and the lives of those around them. This is why he has made it his life’s work to fight for the “little guy” to obtain the compensation they deserve.

    * To find out more about what it takes to become an Accredited Specialist click here.

    Director

    Helen Ashton

    Helen Ashton

    Helen is a Queensland Law Society Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law.*

    As an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law, having been awarded the highest achiever award for the course in 2015, Helen has a high level of knowledge and technical expertise. Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2001, she also has extensive experience in running all types of personal injury claims.

    Helen specialises in work injury claims, workplace injury claims, motor vehicle accident, motorcycle accident injury claims, other road accident injury claims, medical negligence claims, construction accident claims, mining accident claims, public liability injury claims, death and fatal injury claims, psychiatric and psychological injury claims and total and permanent disability claims.

    Helen has a friendly and approachable personality and strives to ensure that her clients are kept well informed and are provided with quality and practical legal advice.

    As a mother of three young children, Helen understands the impact events can have on a family unit and works proactively to achieve the right result for her clients in the shortest possible timeframe. Helen has the ability and the experience to assist clients with a wide variety of claims, including any personal injury claims with a high level of complexity and those that have had catastrophic consequences.

    * To find out more about what it takes to become an Accredited Specialist click here.

    Special Counsel

    Nickelle Morris

    Nickelle Morris

    Nickelle is an expert in personal injury claims and has been recognised by the Queensland Law Society as an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law.* She was awarded the highest achiever award for the accreditation course which she completed in 2022. Nickelle was also a finalist in the Special Counsel of the Year category in the Australian Law Awards in 2019.

    Nickelle has been practising exclusively in personal injury litigation for over 20 years. She has extensive experience in catastrophic claims and fatality claims across all practice areas.

    Nickelle specialises in catastrophic injury claims (including traumatic brain injuries, acquired brain injuries and other head injuries, amputations, severe burns and spinal cord injuries resulting in tetraplegia, paraplegia and the like), National Injury Insurance Scheme (NIISQ) claims, work injury claims, workplace injury claims, motor vehicle accident injury claims, motorcycle accident injury claims, other road accident injury claims, public liability injury claims, medical negligence claims, death and fatal injury claims, psychiatric and psychological injury claims and total and permanent disability claims.

    Nickelle prides herself on being a technical, yet practical and compassionate lawyer. She takes her time to understand her client’s situation and to ensure that they have an understanding of their rights and entitlements. Nickelle is a tenacious and passionate advocate for her clients and is dedicated to being proactive in ensuring her client’s needs are met and achieving the best outcome for her clients.

    Outside of work, Nickelle is a mother of two children and is a member of a number of committees both within the legal industry and community.

    * To find out more about what it takes to become an Accredited Specialist click here.

    Special Counsel

    Barry Mcgee

    Barry has always loved a spirited debate, and, with over 20 years specialising exclusively in personal injury litigation, his passion, skill and ability to assist his clients is well known throughout the Queensland profession.

    Barry specialises in work injury claims, workplace injury claims, motor vehicle accident injury claims, motorcycle accident injury claims, other road accident injury claims, construction accident claims, mining accident claims, public liability injury claims, death and fatal injury claims, psychiatric and psychological injury claims and total and permanent disability claims.

    Barry’s legal career began in his native Scotland, where he qualified as a Solicitor in 1998. Upon qualifying, he worked for a boutique practice, and then a top-tier national firm, representing a number of different insurers across a variety of industries. With years of working for insurers under his belt, Barry is able to see matters through the eyes of his legal opponents. Forewarned is forearmed, as they say!

    He was admitted to practice by the Supreme Court of Queensland in 2007. In Australia, he commenced working for a large national firm, where he spent 15 years practicing in personal injury litigation. He was made a Partner of the firm in 2011 and spent 11 years as the firm’s dedicated in-house Special Counsel. As Special Counsel, Barry provided expert advocacy and strategical advice and assistance to the firm’s personal injury lawyers and clients of the firm alike.

    Barry has significant and extensive experience across a wide variety of personal injury claims. He is compassionate, personable and straightforward, with a keen sense of what is fair and just and a reputation for not settling for anything less than his client deserves.

    Outside of work he enjoys surfing, the outdoors, music and spending time with his wife and 3 young children.

    Special Counsel

    Charlotte Evans

    Charlotte has practised exclusively in personal injury compensation litigation for over 20 years.

    Charlotte specialises in sexual abuse claims, work injury claims, workplace injury claims, motor vehicle accident injury claims, motorcycle accident injury claims, other road accident injury claims, construction accident claims, mining accident claims, public liability injury claims, death and fatal injury claims, psychiatric and psychological injury claims and total and permanent disability claims.

    She is committed to fighting for the rights of plaintiffs and helping her clients through the legal maze, to achieve outcomes that put people back in control of their lives. She has had experience in taking a number of personal injury cases to Trial and winning hard fought cases for her clients and she does not shy away from a challenge.

    Charlotte has a friendly and approachable personality and strives to cut through the legal jargon to make the personal injury claim process understandable for her clients whilst ensuring that her clients are also kept well informed throughout their claim.

    Out of the office Charlotte is a busy Mum, who now enjoys the privileges of living in beautiful Queensland and making the most of all it has to offer.

    Special Counsel

    Prue Prescott

    Prue has been running personal injury claims for nearly 20 years. This has involved acting for injured claimants in most areas of personal injury law including workers’ compensation injury claims, motor vehicle accident injury claims, public liability injury claims, death and fatality claims, psychiatric injury claims, National Injury Insurance Scheme (NIISQ) claims and total and permanent disability claims.

    Prue enjoys handling the more complex claims, such as traumatic brain injury, fatal injury and nervous shock claims, as well as claims involving complex legal principles. Prue seeks to use her Masters qualification in writing and literature to tell each and every client’s individual story, ensuring they are treated fairly by insurers and that they obtain the compensation they deserve.

    In 2019, Prue was nominated by the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland Inc as an Inspirational Lawyer.

    Outside of work, Prue is a busy mum of boys but also tries to find the time to read, write and explore nature.

    Office Manager

    Julie Hollonds

    Julie is a highly dedicated and experienced office manager who has been an integral part of our team for the past 14 years. Bringing a wealth of knowledge with over 35 years of experience in administration, Julie keeps our office running smoothly and efficiently.

    Outside of work, Julie loves to walk, snorkel, spend time with friends and explore the beautiful Northern Rivers region of New South Wales.

    Legal Assistant

    Aleisha Harrigan

    Having worked as a legal assistant for over five years, Aleisha has a wealth of experience in the field of personal injury. Since joining East Coast Lawyers, she has been an essential part of providing invaluable support to solicitors and our clients. Her abilities extend beyond legal matters with Aleisha providing training to our assistants and administrative team, and streamlining processes and procedures, ensuring that the workflows operate smoothly and effectively.

    Outside of work, Aleisha has a passion for reading and music. She can often be found immersed in a good book or a live concert. She values spending quality time with her family, friends and her beloved dog, Kevin.

    Legal Assistant

    Kym Arrowsmith

    Kym is a knowledgeable legal assistant with fifteen years of expertise in the field of personal injury law. She is passionate about supporting clients through the process and obtaining the best possible outcome for them. As a valued member of our team, Kym takes pride in her work and is committed to sharing her extensive experience and knowledge with our other team members.

    When Kym is not busy with work, she loves spending time with her family and friends, and enjoys discovering new places, whether it be through the pages of a biography or on her push bike.

    Legal Assistant

    Alece Turner

    Alece is a law student who is extremely motivated and passionate about personal injury law. She is hardworking, and always strives to produce the best possible results for our clients.

    Her dedication and eagerness to learn more about the law makes Alece a great addition to our team.

    When not working or studying, she loves spending time with her son at the beach or at one of our amazing theme parks.

    Legal Assistant

    Georgia Ryan

    Georgia recently joined the team in February 2023 and has been working within the industry for the last three years. She is enthusiastic about helping new and existing clients, and with her bubbly personality and can-do approach makes her an excellent addition to our team.

    Raised in Tasmania, Georgia moved to Queensland in early 2017 and hasn’t regretted it since. She loves the warm weather and lifestyle. Outside of work, Georgia loves travelling, dining out and spending time with family and friends.

    Legal Assistant

    Claire Rezny

    Claire is one of our hard working and devoted Legal Assistants. With over 25 years’ administrative experience, her attention to detail, willingness to help others, and calm demeanour makes her a real asset to our team.

    Claire is well travelled and, during her time in the USA, Claire discovered a newfound love for reading, which led her to become a proofreader for several published novels. Claire also enjoys landscape and wildlife photography and spending time with her family and puppy.

    RECEPTIONIST AND ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

    Shayla Riley

    Shayla joined our team in September 2023, coming from an extensive background in customer service.

    Shayla is a law student who is very passionate about personal injury law. With her bubbly personality and can-do attitude this makes her the perfect person for her administration support role.

    When Shayla is not in the office you can find her enjoying all things outdoors, getting lost in a good book or spending time with her two rescue dogs Bear and Ella. 

    RECEPTIONIST AND ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

    Brooke Gribble

    Meet Brooke, our receptionist and administration assistant. Brooke has over 3 years’ administration experience in personal injury law and is eager to provide high quality customer service to our clients.

    Brooke finds joy in helping others and is extremely hard working making her a real asset to our team.

    Out of the office you may find Brooke at a racetrack as she has a passion for fast cars. Brooke also likes spending her time enjoying outdoor activities such as swimming and hiking but will never pass up the opportunity to indulge in some retail therapy.