Sustaining an injury can have serious consequences for some individuals. For example, the injured person may be unable to work as a result of the injury they have sustained. Such a scenario prompts the question “Do I need a personal injury lawyer?”
An injured person may elect to engage the services of a Brisbane or Queensland based lawyer because they want:
- Legal advice focused on the injured party’s legal rights and the best outcome for the injured party. For example, in the event that WorkCover Queensland have made an offer of settlement to the injured worker, it is recommended that the injured worker seek expert, legal advice before signing the document otherwise they may lose their legal right to claim for damages.
- To know if they have a legal right to make a claim for benefits and damages. For example, they want advice with respect to establishing if their employer’s or co-worker’s negligence was the cause of their workplace injury.
- Advice from an Accredited Personal Injury Law Specialist who has experience and expert knowledge of specific Queensland cases and Queensland laws. Such laws include the Personal Injuries and Proceedings Act 2002 (Qld), Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (Qld), Motor Accident Insurance Act 1994 (Qld) etc.;
- A legal expert who can make an informed estimate with respect to what is an acceptable amount for damages / compensation considering the injured party’s particular scenario. Such an estimation would be made in reference to appropriate law, case law, evidence and regulations, such as the Civil Liability Regulations 2014 (Qld;
- Advice with respect to any time limits relating to particular forms, applications and submissions that must be filled out and be submitted to the appropriate entity.
- Advice with respect to how the legal “system” works i.e. who to make submissions to, which medical expert’s advice should be sought etc.
- An experienced expert to communicate with, for example, the insurer, legal representatives, the Claimant’s employer etc.
- An experienced legal negotiator to perform all legal negotiations.
- The required evidence to be obtained in an expedient and effective manner. Examples of some sources of the evidence which may need to be obtained include doctors, Orthopaedic Surgeons, physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, hospitals etc.
- Thorough analysis of any Independent Medical Examiner’s reports identifying particular statements that may prove beneficial to the injured party’s claim.
- An Accredited Personal Injury Lawyer who is well versed with new case law and relevant legal precedents established by these cases.