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Canberra personal injury lawyers United Legal, are specialist personal injury barristers and solicitors. We represent clients with personal injury claims and battle insurance companies for compensation in the courts of the Australian Capital Territory.
The Canberra Law Firm that’s Small. Different. Better.
If it’s a big case, don’t go to a large firm where you’re just one of many. For us, it’s personal. We spend more time, and put up a bigger fight to get you justice. Unlike the big firms, we don’t spread ourselves thin by taking on too many clients. At United Legal, we put three lawyers on every case. This ensures you get our full attention, professional diligence and the compensation settlement that you deserve. Our firm may be small, but this is your best guarantee of achieving big outcomes for your compensation claim.
United Legal holds the record for the largest award of damages for an amputee case, and for many years we held the record for largest award of damages in Canberra for any case. We’re committed to doing it again.
When it comes to winning big compensation cases, for us… it’s not everything; it’s the only thing.
Small firm. Bigger fight.
United Legal. Small. Different. Better.
If you have any questions about a potential personal injury claim, please come into our office and speak to one of our solicitors for free.
Canberra Personal Injury LawyerPersonal Injury cases include motor vehicle accidents, workplace accidents, medical negligence, public liability and product liability accidents. Duty of care breaches that also fall under personal injury cases include, child abuse, elder abuse, clergy abuse and disability abuse.
Canberra car motor vehicle accident claimsAdvice from Canberra Solicitor, regarding Motor Vehicle Accident Claims in the Australian Capital Territory. Motor Vehicle Accident Claims,
First Things First:
The most important thing of all is your health. Don't muck around with it. If you have been hurt in a car accident get yourself to the doctor or the hospital as soon as possible. We know this sounds like obvious advice, but you'd be
surprised at how many people don't do this. You don't get any prizes for being "tough".
You certainly won't get any credit from the insurance company. In fact, if you sit around in pain and don't get to a doctor, many insurers will use that against you.
The number of times we've had to listen to insurers say "If they were really hurt in the car accident why did they wait 2 weeks to go and see a doctor? Their pain must be caused by something else that wasn't our fault."
When you see a doctor after your accident please make sure you tell them about anything that hurts. Make sure that the doctor records it all, even if you have to ask them to do so. Doctors are often extremely busy and want to focus on your major problem on the day. Often, it's the lesser problem that you forgot to mention that persists long term. You get the picture.
The other reason you need to see your doctor as soon as possible is that most doctors are actually pretty good at helping you with your injury. Most of the medical experts agree that early treatment (like physiotherapy) really helps your chances of recovering quicker. If you need treatment, and most injured people do, your doctor is the person best placed to give you a referral and monitor your progress. More importantly, unless you have a referral for treatment from your doctor many insurers will refuse to reimburse you for that treatment.
If you need treatment, do what ever you need to do to get it. If you don't have treatment its common to hear insurers claim: "Well they can't have been hurt that badly, they didn't get any treatment."
The early stages after an injury in a car accident are important. Irrespective of whether you decide to make a claim or not the advice is still the same. Get to a doctor, make sure you report everything and get any treatment your doctor thinks you need. If your doctor doesn't seem interested or you're not happy with what they have to say, find another one.
If you decide to make a claim, you will be well on your way to making sure you're getting off on the right foot.
Canberra car motor vehicle accident lawyersHave you been involved in a motor vehicle accident? Need a Canberra Car or Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer? Contact United Legal at https://www.unitedlegal.com.au
Have you been injured in a car or motor vehicle accident and you’re not sure what to do next? Read on.
Following a car or motor vehicle accident.
The most important thing of all is your health. Don’t muck around with it. If you have been hurt in a car accident get yourself to the doctor or the hospital as soon as possible. We know this sounds like obvious advice, but you’d be surprised at how many people don’t do this. You don’t get any prizes for being a toughie. You certainly won’t get any credit from the insurance company. In fact, if you sit around in pain and don’t get to a doctor, many insurers will use that against you. The number of times we’ve had to listen to insurers say:
“If they were really hurt in the car accident why did they wait 2 weeks to go and see a doctor? Their pain must be caused by something else that wasn’t our fault.”
When you see a doctor after your accident please make sure you tell them about anything that hurts. Make sure that the doctor records it all, even if you have to ask them to do so. Doctors are often extremely busy and want to focus on only your major problem on the day. Often, it’s the lesser problem that you forgot to mention that persists long term. You get the picture.
The other reason you need to see your doctor as soon as possible is that most doctors are actually pretty good at helping you with your injury. Most of the medical experts agree that early treatment (like physio) really helps your chances of recovering quicker. If you need treatment, and most injured people do, your doctor is the person best placed to give you a referral and monitor your progress. More importantly, unless you have a referral for treatment from your doctor many insurers will refuse to reimburse you for that treatment.
If you need treatment, do what ever you need to do to get it. If you don’t have treatment it’s common to hear insurers claim:
“Well they can’t have been hurt that badly, they didn’t get any treatment.”
The early stages after an injury in a car accident are important. Irrespective of whether you decide to make a claim or not the advice is still the same. Get to a doctor, make sure you report everything and get any treatment your doctor thinks you need. If your doctor doesn’t seem interested or you’re not happy with what they have to say, find another one.
If you decide to make a claim, you will be well on your way to making sure you’re getting off on the right foot.
Do I need to be seriously injured to make a claim?
The short answer is No. This answer may very well change in the coming months with the proposed changes to the law about motor vehicle accidents being proposed by the Barr Government. We will be posting more about those proposed changes on our website in the coming weeks.
The process of starting my claim
There isn’t much you need in order to start the claim process. You will need to know where the accident happened, when it happened and have the registration of the car that caused or partially caused the accident. You will also need the name of the driver of the car that was at fault. Sometimes the at fault driver may be the driver of the car in which you were a passenger. Sometimes the driver at fault may be a family member or friend. That will not impact your right to make a claim.
If the police attended the accident, the attending officers will usually give you a police number which can be used to get a copy of the police report down the track. You will need that number when filling in The Motor Accident Notification Form.
If the police did not attend the accident (they often do not) you should complete and online police report or attend a police station and report the accident formally as soon as possible. The online police report is often easier and quicker. You have the option of printing or saving a copy. read more at:
Canberra Workers Compensation LawyersThe Compensation Lawyers Canberra workers injured on the job should turn to is United Legal. The Canberra Workers Compensation Lawyers who deliver the settlement you deserve. Have you had a work place accident in Canberra, ACT? Want the best workers compensation lawyers in Canberra? https://www.unitedlegal.com.au/legal-services/canberra-compensation-lawyer/
United Legal, is the Canberra law firm who have specialist Canberra Personal Injury Compensation Lawyers, Personal Injury Lawyers, Workers Compensation Solicitors and Medical Negligence Lawyers.
FROM A COMPO/DAMAGES CLAIM, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO GET?
First of all, make no mistake, it's all about the money.
We don't mean to sound like greedy lawyers when we say that. If your body's been injured, we can't give the injured parts back. We can't give parts of your life back. We can't make you better. All we can do is get you money.
That money can pay for treatment. It can pay for rehabilitation. It can give you some financial security. It can buy you a house. It can make your life easier and better.
But it is all about the money, that's all we can get.
When it comes to the money, we call it "damages" or in other cases "compensation".
Wheri lawyers talk to you about how much you're going to get, it's made up of several different parts.
We'll try to give you a rundown of the most common parts, components, or what we call "heads of damages".
Non-economic loss/general damages/pain and suffering
This is a part of the damages that is meant to compensate you for the damages for the pain and suffering and inconvenience that you have been through. In modem days it's called "non-economic loss".
The reason we call it "non-economic loss" is that it's not capable of being mathematically calculated or attributed to some specific loss of money that has been incurred as the result of, for example, loss of wages, medical expenses, or other expenses that you may incur. You can imagine because of the very imprecise nature of those damages that it is very hard to work out.
Often we get people talking about the pain they're in and saying they want $1 million or some huge sum for it. Sadly, it doesn't work that way and it does vary from State to State and case to case as to how much you can get.
For example, generally if you get non-economic loss in New South Wales (there's a lot of rules and regulations and restrictions about whether you can get that in New South Wales), you get a higher payment than what you'd gt for example in the ACT. In another State again, in Queensland, it's even lower. It varies depending upon the nature of your injuries. A person for example who has had a back operation is going to get significantly more than somebody who's got a more minor neck injury.
We've had a huge amount of experience in looking at different cases and are armed with knowledge of what similar cases or similar injuries on people of different ages and the effects they've had convert to the amount of money that the Courts have given in those types of cases in the past.
The money you get for non-economic loss is only one component or part of your claim and often not the biggest component. If you read more about the other parts of the claim below, you'll see how it all fits together.
Economic loss/Loss of Earning Capacity
The first thing to know about this part or component of your claim is it is not a claim for wage loss. Often lawyers make the mistake of trying to look purely to see whether or not there is any claim for wage loss. The claim is actually one for loss of earning capacity. That is very much different from whether or not you've just suffered a wage loss. Whilst it is true that many people suffer a loss that can be measured by the amount of wages they've lost, there are many other types of loss of earning capacity.
Sometimes people are going to have to retire early and the doctors are fairly clear about that. At other times, the type of work that people can engage in or the number of hours that they can get engaged for are reduced and as a result there's a loss of earning capacity.
Other people might be injured but be able to return to work. The nature of their injuries however might recur or flare up and result in them losing work from time to time.
Yet others still might find that they're going to be out of work from time to time because they lose their job.
Our skill is to try and present a.s best we can how your injuries are going to impact upon your earning capacity. This is one of the biggest components of any claim. It's broken up into the past loss of earning capacity and the future loss of earning capacity.
Given that in most cases the loss of earning capacity will run to age 67, anybody who is young or middle aged, the loss of earning capacity accumulates over the years and results in a very large figure.
Best Canberra Personal Injury LawyersFind the best Canberra personal injury lawyers at United legal, the Canberra Personal Injury Lawyers who can represent you in relation to the following matters:
Motor Vehicle Accident Claims
Workers’ compensation claims
Work injury accidents
Child sex abuse cases
Disabled abuse cases
Elder abuse cases
Slip and fall cases
Medical negligence cases
Product liability cases
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Canberra Personal Injury Motor Vehicle Bus AccidentWhen it comes to the law and lawyers, you need a lawyer who is going to fight hard for you. Insurance companies don't make it easy. They try to stop you getting anything. No doubt you've all seen this in your life. https://www.unitedlegal.com.au/
Here is a short story.
Mrs S was quietly sitting on a bus. The bus had an accident. The bus driver said someone cut in front of him. He said it was somebody else's fault.
United Legal didn't stop working on the matter until they found the truth.
Here's what really happened.
United Legal found the insurer for the car in front. They sued the driver of that car.
Mrs S was very happy. She got nearly $1 million. She got treatment and everything she needed for the future.
You see, at United Legal, they spend large amounts of time on claims to make sure that clients get the best results.
It's all about the money. People like to think it's not. It is. All lawyers can get you is a large amount of money to take care of you in the future. They can't give you your health back.
Unlike many big firms, at United Legal they put the time in to fight for big results.
United Legal. Small. Different. Better.