The Role of a Personal Injury Lawyer After Your Accident
An explanation of the value a personal injury lawyer brings, and what they do to help people injured in accidents receive compensation from those at fault.
An accident can leave you with bodily injuries that disrupt your life in several ways. Your injury might prevent you from participating in the activities you once enjoyed and can cause other inconveniences to your lifestyle. Injuries can also threaten your finances by keeping you away from work and limiting your employment options.
Personal injury lawyers – like the team at State Law Group – can help you receive compensation from those who caused your injury. The process for obtaining compensation after an accident can be complex because of nuances in the law and the facts of your case. A personal injury lawyer’s job is to guide you through that process with tact and efficiency.
Here, you’ll learn more about how you can benefit from the advice of a personal injury lawyer and other details of personal injury cases.
The Job: What Personal Injury Lawyers Do for You
Your accident will raise many questions about how you can recover. Confusion may exist about who was at fault and how much compensation you can receive. Part of our job as personal injury lawyers is to give you answers to these questions, based on our specialised knowledge of the law.
We Review and Investigate the Facts of Your Case
A successful personal injury case requires sophisticated knowledge of what happened during the accident. We take the time to listen to your story with compassion and ask the right questions to move forward. This begins with a consultation from one of our lawyers. This first step is critical to identify who was at fault and evaluate other merits of your case.
The fact-gathering stage of our job often involves work beyond consultation. For example, we review accident reports, video and audio records, insurance policies, and other evidence relevant to the case. We also review medical records to understand the severity of your injury. Generally, the more serious an injury, the greater your potential compensation.
We Apply Specialised Knowledge of Personal Injury Law
Personal injury laws in Australia will also influence the outcome of your case. Injury laws can vary depending on the state law where the accident happened (i.e., the laws in New South Wales can differ from the laws in Queensland). Additionally, different laws may apply to your case because of the type of accident. Personal injury cases can involve a wide range of accidents concerning:
- Motor vehicle collisions
- Medical negligence
- Product liability
- Public liability
- Occupier liability
- Worker’s compensation
The differences in state law can impact the amount of your compensation, the available recovery methods, and the time requirement for filing a claim. In many cases, you can receive compensation for the following after an injury:
- General damages: This compensates for your pain and suffering and other losses that are difficult to assign a monetary value.
- Past and future loss of earnings (LOE): Your injury can keep you from working while you recover. Injuries that are permanent and serious can limit your career options or prevent you from working ever again. An experienced lawyer can help calculate the future loss of earnings by analysing the relevant state law and your circumstances (e.g., age, education, work history, etc.).
- Past and future medical care: You can also receive compensation to cover medical care. This could include costs for surgeries, exams, therapy, medication, and any other healthcare costs you may need in the future.
- Past and future care and assistance: if your injuries cause a need for care and domestic services whether they are provided on a gratuitous or commercial basis, you are entitled to claim the costs of such service
The true benefit of working with an experienced personal injury lawyer is the access to knowledge regarding your case and the law. Understanding how the law applies to your compensation can be especially difficult when English is not your primary language. We overcome that challenge with attorneys who speak Arabic, Assyrian, Chaldean, Greek, Hindi, Thai and Vietnamese in addition to English – creating a bridge between you and the law. You can also learn more about your potential compensation by using our free personal injury claim calculator.
We Represent Your Interests
The experience of a personal injury lawyer also has value in representing your interests – either in negotiations with an adverse party, or in a court proceeding. Each personal injury case requires a unique approach that considers your goals and interests. Your personal injury lawyer can help you consider all your options based on those interests.
What Is a Personal Injury Claim?
A personal injury claim is a legal term that describes your right to seek compensation through applicable legal channels (e.g., court, arbitration, etc.). The procedure generally begins with lodging a notice with the governing body and notifying the responsible party of your claims against them. After receiving notice, each party might exchange information about the accident and take other steps towards obtaining a resolution by way of a settlement, determination or judgement.
The procedures of a personal injury claim are technical. Failure to follow certain requirements can even jeopardise your compensation. A personal injury lawyer’s job is to make sure you follow all the necessary procedures.
Sometimes you can reach an agreement about compensation outside of court. This can be a mutually beneficial option to limit the expense of litigation and receive compensation sooner. Personal injury lawyers work to ensure that a settlement does not minimise a client’s compensation.
How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
The cost for a personal injury lawyer will depend on the requested scope of work. Each personal injury case will involve a unique amount of time and resources. Providing a cost estimate is difficult without information on the nature of your case. However, we strive to offer the best and fairest price for the members of our community. Please do not hesitate to call or schedule a free consultation, so we can provide you with clarity on the potential costs of our services.
Schedule a Free Consultation with State Law Group
Led by Andrew Le – an accredited specialist in personal injury since 2016 – State Law Group is committed to providing its personal injury expertise throughout New South Wales and Queensland. We have offices in several locations ranging from Sydney to Brisbane, where we are available for a free consultation.
After an initial consultation, you can sign representation papers that allow us to formally represent you as a client. Based on our experience, we know personal injury cases are a difficult time in your life. We rely on that same experience, however, to get you a rightful compensation that helps you and your family recover.
Contact State Law Group today to schedule a free consultation for your personal injury claim.