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2 02 MAURICE BLACKBURN YOU RE WORTH FIGHTING FOR. If you are hurt, injured, or are facing an unfair situation, you and your family shouldn t have to suffer. That s why we never stand back when bad things happen to good people. At Maurice Blackburn we believe that the law should serve everyone. Who you are or where you re from, it doesn t matter. You re worth fighting for. Maurice Blackburn was born from one man s belief in making a difference to people s lives. Nearly 100 years on these values remain a powerful influence on everything we do. We exist to fight for your rights. For what you deserve. When life isn t fair we ll help you to fight for everything you re entitled to. Because at Maurice Blackburn, we fight for fair.

3 03 ROAD ACCIDENT INJURIES If you ve suffered as the result of a road accident, you ll understand the stress, pain and tragedy accidents can cause. Unfortunately, the experience can often be made even worse afterwards when dealing with insurance companies. If you ve been injured in an accident caused by the negligent driving of a motor car, motorcycle or truck you may be able to claim compensation through the relevant third party insurance companies or the nominal defendant. It s important to get advice from experts Part of the difficulty in dealing with insurance companies and state authorities is that the law relating to motor vehicle accident claims can be complicated. Our experts try to make the process easier for you by providing straight-forward legal advice. a cyclist hit by a vehicle or hitting an opening door of a vehicle a motorcyclist hit by a vehicle, and a driver or passenger in a single vehicle accident caused by a defect in the vehicle, which caused the vehicle to run out of control. No matter who you are up against, Maurice Blackburn will fight to protect you. What type of accidents are covered? Insurance companies cover a number of negligent motor vehicle related incidents, including: a driver injured in an accident where the other vehicle was at fault a passenger injured in an accident with another vehicle a passenger injured in a single vehicle accident The patience shown, the expertise that shone through and the ongoing support given was tremendous. Maurice Blackburn Client a pedestrian hit by a vehicle

4 04 MAURICE BLACKBURN What payments am I entitled to? Depending on the nature of your injuries you are typically entitled to: General Damages (damages for pain and suffering and loss of amenity) past and future income loss past and future medical and therapeutic expenses past and future domestic assistance expenses, and interest on General Damages and lost income. Maurice Blackburn exist to fight for your rights. For what you deserve. When life isn t fair we ll help you to fight for everything you re entitled to.

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6 6 MAURICE BLACKBURN What expenses are covered? Medical and related expenses will usually be covered, including: approved medical and hospital expenses approved rehabilitation expenses, including any aid, treatment, counselling, appliance, apparatus or other service travelling expenses related to medical and rehabilitation appointments pharmacy expenses incurred because of the transport accident, and counselling expenses, where the accident caused death or severe injury. Procedure If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident within the ACT caused by the negligence of another motorist to be eligible for early payment of treatment expenses you must lodge a complying motor accident notification form together with a motor accident medical report and a police report with the relevant insurer ordinarily within 30 working days of the injury. There are other time limits that you must comply with including lodging a complying motor accident claim form ordinarily within 9 months of the accident or within one month of instructing a solicitor about seeking personal injury damages. Will it cost anything to find out whether I can make a claim? No. We are happy to advise you on your situation during a free first consultation. Call Maurice Blackburn on to make an appointment. Protecting your rights is our business At Maurice Blackburn, we are committed to getting a fair outcome for our clients so you can get on with your life without disadvantage. Our expert road accident lawyers provide a free first consultation and will fight to ensure you receive the best possible outcome, because we recognise that the compensation you receive is vital to ensuring quality of life for you and your family. If you would like to make an appointment please call From the very beginning, we fought for the rights of ordinary people. We continue this tradition today. Failure to follow the time limits may result in you being disentitled to proceed with your claim. Generally any court proceedings must be commenced within three years of the injury.

7 CONTACT US If you are considering legal action or want to fight for your rights, get in touch and we can assess what you need or arrange for a meeting with one of our lawyers. For most practice areas, your first consultation is free (business hours) mauriceblackburn.com.au Road Accident Injuries Workers Compensation Medical Negligence Asbestos Diseases Superannuation & Disability Insurance Public Liability Faulty Products Comcare Will Disputes Employment & Industrial Law Class Actions Social Justice Feel free to drop into our Canberra office: Canberra (02) Melbourne Building 82 Alinga Street Canberra ACT 2601 Visiting offices Call us or visit the website for more details: Fyshwick

8 Maurice Blackburn is a leading Australian law firm certified to the international ISO 9001:2008 quality standard. Information correct at 1 April This brochure is a general guide to dealing with Road Accident Injury claims and is not a substitute for professional advice in this area. Maurice Blackburn is proud to be carbon neutral (see our website for details). This brochure is printed on ecostar Silk. Made with 100% certified post consumer waste fibre, it is produced with a carbon neutral manufacturing process and has been made in a facility that operates under the ISO Environmental Management System. MB4184_ACTRA 05/14

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