Hiring a personal injury lawyer experienced in your matter type is essential to successfully lodging a compensation claim. So, it’s important to know the types of personal injury cases your law firm handles.
When you acquire a physical or emotional injury due to an accident caused by another’s negligence, the consequences can last for years, destroying your finances with lost wages, superannuation, medical costs, and reduced quality of life.
Personal injury law covers a range of legal cases, and most law firms provide legal advice for some of them, e.g. medical negligence is a specialised field serviced by just a few lawyers.
Below is a general overview of the types of cases personal injury lawyers handle in Australia.
Common Types of Personal Injury Cases
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor vehicle accident cases cover every type of vehicle and circumstance in which you could a road accident could injure you, including:
- Car accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bus accidents
- Taxi, Uber and rideshare accidents
- Escooter accidents
- Hit and run accidents
If you are harmed in a collision on Queensland roads, you must get expert accident legal advice immediately. You can see the steps to follow after a car accident here >
If possible, please collect crash scene evidence directly, including:
- CCTV footage
- Witness statements
- Photos and video of the accident scene damaged vehicles, skid marks, traffic signs, etc.
Once you pass this information to your accident lawyer, they will construct a compelling CTP insurance claim. Please know there are strict time limits to start legal action, and an experienced personal injury solicitor knows them all.
Be aware that insurance companies commonly try to minimise or deny legal claims. A common technique is to say you had partial responsibility for the traffic accident (known as contributory negligence). Our skilled legal team has been helping injured people access justice for nearly three decades, and they know how to eliminate or negotiate down your level of negligent contribution, ensuring you get the outcome you deserve.
Premises Liability Cases
Under Queensland public liability law, property managers and owners must take reasonable steps to ensure your safety while using their premises. Proprietors have a legal duty of care for anyone entering their business, residence or land, protecting them from hazardous situations. Their level of liability could alter depending on how you are using their property; for example, if you are trespassing, they could have reduced responsibility.
Premises liability law covers a diverse range of cases, including:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Food poisoning
- Public pool accidents
- Defective electrical wiring
- Accidents in public parks
- Dog and animal attacks
- Foothpath accidents
- School and playground accidents
- Recreational accidents
Product Liability Claims
As an Australian consumer, you are protected by legislation covering the manufacture and supply of safe products. Despite this, people are injured by faulty and defective products every year.
When you suffer a product injury, you can be owed financial compensation because companies who supply, create or make hazardous goods are liable for the harm they cause. Some common types of product liability cases include:
- Defective product design – when an entire product range is faulty
- Manufacturing defects – when a single item has a defect
- Inadequate marketing – when a manufacturer fails to provide sufficient information on the risk of using their product. (failure to warn)
- Warranty breach – when a product is not fit for the purpose for which it was sold.
If any of the above has happened to you, please get in touch with our experienced personal injury claim lawyers to hold negligent manufacturers accountable for their duty of care failure.
All Australian employers have a legal duty to ensure a safe and healthy workplace. You can seek WorkCover compensation when you are physically or mentally injured at work or acquire a work-related illness. In this case, you are claiming against your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance coverage, which is generally your state WorkCover insurer. Once your claim is accepted, you can receive funds for lost wages, medical expenses, travel costs etc., and a lump sum permanent impairment payout for long-term severe and permanent injuries (above a certain threshold)
Common types of workers’ compensation cases include:
- Mental illnesses like work stress and depression
- Workplace injuries like back injuries, head injuries, burns and fractures
- Workplace slips and falls
- Industrial deafness
- Construction accidents
- Mining accidents
- Reduced vision
- Auto accidents when travelling for work purposes
- Aggravation of a pre-existing physical or psychological condition
When harmed on the job, you need an experienced WorkCover claim lawyer to negotiate with the insurance company and your boss.
Get immediate legal support now by contacting Splatt Lawyers‘ work injury lawyers at 1800 700 125.
When a patient is injured by the negligent medical care of healthcare providers like nurses, doctors, dentists, GPs, or a hospital or clinic, they could have a valid medical negligence case.
All medical providers have a legal duty to provide their patients with a reasonable standard of care. Failing this duty means they can be held liable for damages. They are many situations in which they make medical mistakes, such as:
- Surgical errors
- Incorrect prescriptions
- Misdiagnosis or late diagnosis
- Anaesthesia mistakes
- Birthing mistakes
- Defective medical implants
- Faulty medical devices
Medical negligence law is exceptionally complex, requiring a specialist level of knowledge generally found only with personal injury law firms that specialise in medical malpractice claims.
Wrongful Death Claims
The worst possible outcome of an accident is death. If you are a surviving family member of a fatally injured person killed by the negligent actions of another party, you could claim compensation with a wrongful death case. When successful, you would receive a damages payout for economic and non-economic losses.
Common types of fatal accidents caused by catastrophic injury include:
- Traffic accidents
- Faulty products, e.g. death by a defective car
- Mining and construction accidents
- Medical Mistakes
- Machinery accidents
- Falling from a height
- Recreational and sporting accidents
- Severe workplace accidents
- Aviation accidents
You might be owed fair compensation if you are a financial dependent of someone who died in unexpected circumstances, such as a family member or beneficiary. When successful, your damages can include medical costs, funeral expenses, lost companionship, and economic losses like lost income.
How Do I Know If I Have a Valid Personal Injury Lawsuit?
It is traumatising when you sustain accident injuries in an unexpected incident that wasn’t your fault. When this happens to you, knowing if you have a valid personal injury case is essential. It is unfair that you suffer a financial loss when someone else has been careless. Be sure of your legal right to seek compensation by contacting Splatt Lawyers now for effective legal representation.
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