Personal Injuries Law

We've got everything you need to get your case started, get fair compensation, and get on with your life.

If you've been involved in an accident or suffered an injury, you might have more questions than answers. Should you file an insurance claim? What about a lawsuit? How can you tell whether someone else might be legally at fault for causing your injuries? And if you do have a valid case, what can you expect in terms of compensation? We've got everything you need to get your case started, get fair compensation, and get on with your life.

You can suffer an injury any time, anywhere and it can significantly affect not only your life but the lives of your family. This can have a significant effect on you and your family - particularly if you are the main income earner. If your injury was caused by the negligence of someone else you may be entitled to claim compensation. If you suffer an injury at work, in a car accident, at someone else's place or as a result of medical treatment or an assault you may have a right to claim damages. However personal injury law is complex and highly regulated. Strict time limits apply to claims so it is important to see a solicitor for advice as soon as possible.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries if they were caused by negligence. You may be entitled to compensation even if you were partly to blame or the person responsible for the accident cannot be identified. Strict time limits apply. You must give notice of your claim within 9 months of the accident, within 9 months of symptoms first appearing, or within 1 month of consulting a lawyer. Any person making a claim must report the accident to the police within 28 days of the accident.

If you are injured on the way to or from work you may also be entitled to workers compensation benefits. We suggest that if this has happened to you then you should Contact Us to seek a consultation with one of our litigation team without delay.

Work Injuries

If you are injured at work you are entitled to workers compensation benefits irrespective of who caused the injury. If your injury was due to the negligence of your employer, a co-worker or someone else at the workplace you may also be entitled to claim common law damages. Many people do not realise that workers compensation extends not only to most paid workers but also to volunteers and persons performing community service.

Workers Compensation provides compensation for injuries sustained at or during work. This can include work functions, work training sessions or traveling to, from or during work. Compensation may also extend to pre-existing injuries or medical injuries aggravated by work. Diseases and medical conditions which may be covered by Workers Compensation includes heart attack, cancer, dermatitis, psychiatric conditions or the like. The test is whether work is the significant contributing factor to the disease or aggravation of a pre-existing medical condition.

If you are a Commonwealth Government employee then your work claim is likely to be covered under Comcare.

Strict time limits apply. You must lodge your claim for compensation within 6 months and commence your negligence claim within 3 years of the date of injury. We suggest you contact our litigation team to investigate whether you have a claim.

Often a short consultation with a lawyer will provide you with real direction. To encourage people to go the next step and visit a lawyer we have developed an Initial Consultation Initiative where you can visit a lawyer or talk over the telephone for up to 30 minutes for a fixed fee of $150.00.

Medical Negligence

Medical negligence claims are particularly complex and not every failure or error made by a health care provider will amount to negligence. Strict time limits apply and early investigations are needed. Again, if you are concerned about whether you are entitled to compensation for a medical procedure, or an advisor failing to warn or the like, then we suggest you contact our litigation team under our Initial Consultation Initiative.

Public Liability Claims

Injuries suffered in a public place or on private premises may give rise to an entitlement to compensation if you can prove fault or carelessness by another person or authority. People have an obligation to take reasonable care. Where you have been injured as a result of the negligence or failure of another to take reasonable care you may have a cause of action.

Instances that may give rise to a public liability claim may commonly arise in domestic accidents, slips or falls, defective products, food poisoning or recreational and sporting accidents. The circumstances that may give rise to a claim are wide and varied. If you are unsure we suggest you contact our litigation team under our Initial Consultation Initiative.

Victims of Crime

If you are the victim of an act of violence you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries and other losses - whether or not the perpetrator has been charged and/or convicted. Unfortunately all too often a perpetrator of a crime will have no means to pay any compensation. In these cases where the perpetrator has been convicted or pleaded guilty in the District Court or Supreme Court. If the perpetrator is unable to pay the compensation then the State government may pay compensation out of a special fund. See us to discuss.

Do I need a lawyer?

Many people are unsure if they are entitled to compensation after suffering an injury. This can create enormous stress. Often a short consultation with a lawyer will provide you with real direction. To encourage people to go the next step and visit a lawyer we have developed an Initial Consultation Initiative where you can visit a lawyer or talk over the telephone for up to 30 minutes for a fixed fee of $150.00.

As a regional law firm we understand our clients may have particular issues arising either by reason of distance or accessibility. We have telelink and videoconferencing facilities to overcome these issues and close the tyranny of distance between you and your lawyer.

Remember, even in matters where proceedings may be necessary, 95% settle in the early stages and 1 in 100 might proceed to trial. At Bell Dixon Butler we have an experienced team of lawyers that can assist you in pursuing your compensation entitlements and secure a just and equitable outcome that meets your individual needs.