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With 2 episodes left in Season 5, it is hard to imagine what is going to happen next in Westeros. If you have not done so already, check out our compensation analysis of injuries in Season 1,Season 2Season 3 and Season 4.

The injury picks for Season 5 were pretty tough considering that none of us knew what was going to happen in the last two episodes “The Dance of Dragons” and “Mother’s Mercy.” However, we decided to go ahead and later on write something separate about those two episodes. So stay tuned to our blog.

For the purposes of this assessment, we will use the Injury Scale Values for injuries arising on or after 1/7/2014.

It is important to note for this article that the figures do not provide a completely accurate overview of the total compensation these characters would be due when considering the impact of the injuries on their regular lives. These amounts are hypothetical in nature and do not consider other specific damages such as medical costs, wage losses, impact on leisure activities, etc. These other heads of damages are important to consider and would also form as a part of any claim for compensation.

*This is your Spoiler Warning.*

Tyrion Lannister – Knocked Out (Injury Scale Value of 0-5)

Jorah Mormont takes Tyrion prisoner on a fishing boat. Tyrion is able to deduce the identity of his captor, as well as his intention to bring Tyrion to Daenerys. However, when Tyrion attempts to prod more into why he is being brought to Daenerys, Jorah strikes him in the face to knock him out.

For a minor injury that results in a concussion with transitory loss of consciousness, Tyrion may be compensated for an amount between $0 and $6,800. However, in his situation where would not be any brain damage (or minimal at most), no residual effects from the strike, and he would most likely recover within a few weeks. His compensation would probably end up in the lower range of this scale (maybe maximum $2,720) considering that he probably would have to deal with a fairly bad headache but otherwise, there would be little after effects and a very high chance of a full recovery.

Greyworm & Barristan Selma – Multiple Stabs (Wrongful Death for Barristan Slema, TBA for Greyworm)

In an exciting battle against an overwhelming number of warriors from the Sons of the Harpy, Greyworm and Barristan Selma manage to defeat them all before succumbing to multiple stab wounds from swords and daggers. Greyworm manages to survive but unfortunately, Barristan Selma dies.

Barristan Slema’s family would make a wrongful death claim similar to Ned and Oberyn. Considering that he technically did not die right away, part of his family’s compensation may include the expenses taken to try to keep him alive.

Quite simply, we have not received enough information for Greyworm and the extent of his injuries. Our team was split on the extent of his internal organ damage, which could greatly affect the amount of compensation he would receive.

Sansa Stark – Rape (Criminal Compensation)

In one of the most shocking episodes of Season 5, Sansa is married to Ramsay Bolton. After the marriage, she is raped by Ramsay, who also forces Reek (aka Theon Greyjoy) to watch the whole event.

Of course, Sansa would be entitled to take civil action against Ramsay for his crime. General damages would be assessed based on the physical and psychological injuries that were inflicted upon her. However, we were unable to ascertain the extent of the damage just from watching the episode.

In Queensland however, her situation also brings up the possibility of victim assistance under the Victims of Crime Assistance Act 2009. For sexual offences, the injuries relevant under this Act also include: sense of violation, reduced self-worth, reduced physical immunity, increased feelings of insecurity or adverse effects from others (how other people would respond to Sansa after she was raped). Our team inferred that it is reasonable to expect that she would have suffered at least some of these impacts from her sexual assault.

As the primary victim to the offence, she may be eligible for assistance of up to $75,000 as well as $500 for legal costs in applying for assistance under the Act. This amount will be quantified as compensation for counseling expenses, medical expenses, travel expenses or report expenses incurred or reasonably likely to be incurred. She may also claim the expenses of the clothing she was wearing when the act of violence happened.

Though inapplicable to Sansa, a victim under this Act may also be compensated for loss of earnings up to $20,000 (important to note, but for Sansa as a member of royalty, we all agree that she doesn’t actually work for a living.) Exceptional circumstances such as relocation expenses or the cost of securing the victim’s residence or business and other special assistance in relation to the act of violence may also be compensable to a victim of crime.

Reek could also make his own criminal compensation claim and may be eligible for up to $50,000 as a witness secondary victim (though he would most likely make his own criminal compensation claim as a primary victim for everything Ramsay did to him in previous Seasons.)

It is important to note that Ramsay must actually be convicted of the crime before his victims can claim this compensation from the State (which is why we’re glad to be living in Queensland as opposed to Westeros because they let everything happen over there.)

Assuming Ramsay would have been convicted for his crime, a recommended course of action for Sansa would be to make a claim for both criminal compensation and personal injury damages. Once it is established that Ramsay is able to pay for the damages of the personal injury claim then you would dismiss the government compensation claim and proceed only in the personal injury claim.

The reason is because government criminal compensation will reduce the personal injury damages to take into the account the fact that Sansa has already been partially compensated through the government. It is also an easier legal test to meet for a personal injury claim as opposed to a criminal compensation claim.

With the last two episodes of Season 5 coming up, our office has been waiting excitedly to see how this season ends. Stay tuned to our blog for more interesting personal injury analysis of our favourite Game of Thrones characters once “The Dance of Dragons” and “Mother’s Mercy” airs.

Have You Been Injured in an Accident? East Coast Injury Lawyers Can Help

While hypothetically analysing a TV show may be entertaining, a living person being injured in an accident is not a joke.

The effects of an accident can be devastating on the victims, their families and everyone else involved including the ones responsible as well. There are a lot of medical, social and legal complications that may also arise.

If you have legal questions about your accident and your right to compensation, do not hesitate to contact one of our accredited specialists in personal injury. East Coast Injury Lawyers will provide you with a free, no obligation consultation so you can be informed about your legal rights with no risk involved.

Do not delay in contacting a lawyer today. There are strict time limits that apply when making a claim for compensation. Simply call us at 1300 720 544 or fill in our quick case review form today.

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    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.