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Injury Compensation Lawyers Newcastle

Coutts has a strong team of dedicated personal injury lawyers who have the experience, compassion and expertise to help you get the best outcome possible in your personal injury claim. We can help you navigate the complex area of personal injury law with confidence that your compensation and wellbeing is our highest priority.

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At Coutts Injury Compensation Lawyers Newcastle, we will listen to your case with understanding and sympathy before providing clear, effective advice on your legal options.

Our experienced team of compensation lawyers is dedicated to ensuring that you receive the highest level of representation and support throughout the entire compensation process. From gathering evidence to negotiating with insurance companies, we are committed to protecting your rights and securing the best possible outcome for your claim. Let us help you navigate the complexities of compensation law, so you can focus on your recovery and rebuilding your life.

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Workers Compensation Lawyers Newcastle

If your employment results in physical or psychological injury, or you contract a disease through work. Workers’ compensation exists as an insurance scheme to ensure that people are not left out of pocket in meeting the costs of recovery. Workers’ compensation provides financial support for individuals facing work-related injuries or diseases. Seeking expert legal advice is crucial, as claims can be complex and insurers may challenge them. Compensation may include weekly payments, medical expenses, and lump sum awards for permanent impairment. Dependents may also be eligible for benefits.

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Medical Negligence Lawyers Newcastle

When it comes to medical procedures, there are many possible examples of negligence that result in injury. This category of negligence could encompass incompetent treatment during or after an operation; a failure to properly warn a person about the risks of a procedure; incompetent prescription and monitoring of medication; misdiagnosis or delay in the diagnosis of your condition; and other examples. Compensation for medical negligence may cover pain and suffering; past and future medical expenses; loss of wages and future loss of earning capacity; and past and future care expenses such as domestic care.

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Public Liability Lawyers Newcastle

This form of compensation covers those who are injured in a public place or private building as the result of negligence or a deliberate act of another party. Trips and falls in public places are the most common example of public liability claims. Sporting injuries, physical and sexual assaults, and even food poisoning from a restaurant are other examples of possible public liability claims. A person making this claim may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering; past and future medical expenses (including travel); loss of wages and future loss of earning capacity; past and future care expenses such as domestic care.

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Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers Newcastle

A compensation claim under compulsory third party (CTP) insurance schemes in Australia can be made by drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists who are involved in a road accident. The term vehicle can also encompass motorcycles, trucks, forklifts, trailers and farm equipment. Motor vehicle accident claims can be made for weekly payments to cover loss of income; medical expenses; other expenses such as expenses for personal care, transportation or domestic duties. A separate common law damages claim may also be possible, entitling the injured person to a lump sum where their injury is more than minor and they were not at fault in the accident.

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TPD Lawyers Newcastle

Total and Permanent Disablement (TPD) insurance policies may be held as part of a person’s superannuation fund, or separately, and could entitle a loved one to make a death benefit claim if a loved one is killed in an accident. TDP policies have detailed eligibility criteria in order to make a claim on the policy. An example is an assessment of whether the injured person is permanently unfit for their usual employment or any other employment they may be qualified for. The claim process under a TPD policy can be lengthy and complex. At Injury Compensation Lawyers Newcastle, we will do the hard work for you in making a TPD claim, including representing you if the claim is rejected by the insurer.

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Asbestos Lawyers

Asbestos Lawyers Newcastle

This is a specialist area of Injury Compensation Law that requires experienced legal advice for those who may have been exposed to dust such as asbestos or silica. If that exposure causes disease such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer, larynx cancer, esophagus cancer or a related disease, the suffered may be entitled to compensation by the Dust Diseases Board of NSW. Loved ones who lose a family member to these dust-related diseases may also be able to claim a death benefit entitling them to lump-sum compensation and weekly payments as a dependant.

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Product Liability Lawyers Newcastle

Where an injury results from a product that is faulty, defective, dangerous, or unfit for its intended purpose, product liability law in Australia may provide the grounds for a compensation claim. Someone injured in these circumstances may be entitled to product liability compensation as well as medical expenses, loss of earnings, physical and/or psychological injury, and loss of enjoyment of life. A consumer has three years from the date they are made aware of a loss or defect, or the identity of the manufacturer to make a claim, so act promptly if you believe a defective product has caused your injury.

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Injury Compensation Lawyers Newcastle FAQS

In NSW, workers’ compensation claims can provide various benefits, including weekly payments for lost wages, medical and rehabilitation expenses, lump-sum payments for permanent impairment, and compensation for domestic assistance. The specific benefits you are entitled to will depend on your individual circumstances and the severity of your injury or illness.

It’s essential to notify your employer of your injury or illness within 30 days of becoming aware of it. However, it is best to inform them as soon as possible. You have six months from the date of the injury or the date you first become aware of the injury to lodge a formal workers’ compensation claim. In some exceptional circumstances, this time limit can be extended, but it’s crucial to seek legal advice from a Coutts lawyer to ensure you meet all deadlines and requirements.

In a medical negligence claim in NSW, you must establish four key elements to succeed:

  1. A duty of care existed between the medical professional and the patient.
  2. The medical professional breached that duty of care by providing substandard care or making a mistake.
  3. The patient suffered harm or injury as a direct result of the breach.
  4. The harm or injury was reasonably foreseeable.

Proving medical negligence can be complex, so it’s essential to seek advice from an experienced Coutts lawyer to help navigate the process.

You generally have three years from the date of the negligent act or the date you became aware of the negligence to make a medical negligence claim. However, there are some exceptions to this rule, such as cases involving minors or individuals under a legal disability. Given the time-sensitive nature of medical negligence claims, it’s crucial to consult with a Coutts lawyer as soon as possible to ensure your claim is lodged within the required timeframe.

A public liability claim is a type of compensation claim made when a person is injured or suffers property damage as a result of someone else’s negligence in a public place or on private property. In NSW, you can make a public liability claim if you can prove that the responsible party owed you a duty of care, breached that duty, and that the breach directly caused your injury or property damage. Common examples include slip and fall accidents, injuries in public spaces, and accidents on private premises.

Generally, you have three years from the date of the injury or property damage to make a public liability claim. However, there may be some exceptions, such as cases involving minors or individuals with a legal disability. To ensure your claim is lodged within the required timeframe and to maximise your chances of success, it’s crucial to consult with an experienced Coutts lawyer as soon as possible after the incident.

In NSW, if you’re involved in a vehicle accident (as a driver, passenger, pedestrian, or cyclist) and suffer injuries, you can make a claim through the Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance scheme. To make a claim, you should report the accident to the police, collect relevant information (e.g. other party’s contact and insurance details), and seek medical treatment. Then, you’ll need to submit a Personal Injury Benefits claim form within 28 days of the accident, although you may still make a claim up to three months after the accident. Compensation may cover medical expenses, lost income, and other reasonable expenses related to your injuries.

Yes, you can still make a vehicle accident claim in NSW even if you were partly at fault. However, your compensation may be reduced based on your degree of fault, also known as contributory negligence. For example, if you were found to be 30% at fault for the accident, your compensation might be reduced by 30%. It’s essential to consult with an experienced Coutts lawyer to help you navigate the claim process and ensure you receive the compensation you’re entitled to, considering the circumstances.

A Total and Permanent Disablement (TPD) claim is made when a person becomes unable to work due to a severe injury or illness, rendering them permanently unfit for their usual occupation or any other occupation for which they are qualified. TPD claims are made through your superannuation fund or a standalone insurance policy. To make a TPD claim, gather relevant medical records, obtain a TPD claim form from your insurer or superannuation fund, and complete the form with the required information. It’s essential to consult with an experienced Coutts lawyer to help you navigate the complex claim process and maximise your chances of a successful outcome.

When assessing a TPD claim in NSW, the insurer or superannuation fund will consider factors such as:

The definition of TPD in your specific policy or superannuation fund

Each policy may have different criteria for determining TPD, so it’s crucial to understand your policy’s definition.

Your medical condition

You must provide evidence of your injury or illness, including medical records and reports from treating doctors or specialists.

Your occupation and education

The insurer will consider your employment history, qualifications, and skills to determine whether you are unable to engage in any suitable work.

Your age

Your age may affect the assessment of your claim, as older claimants might face greater challenges in returning to the workforce after a severe injury or illness.

Vocational rehabilitation efforts

If you have participated in any vocational rehabilitation programs, the insurer will consider whether these efforts have improved your capacity to return to work.

Consulting a Coutts lawyer can help you understand the specific criteria and evidence required for your claim, increasing your chances of success.

To make a successful asbestos claim, you must provide medical evidence confirming the diagnosis of an asbestos-related disease such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer, or another related condition. Additionally, you’ll need to demonstrate a link between the disease and your exposure to asbestos, typically through your work history or contact with asbestos-containing materials. Engaging an experienced Coutts lawyer can help gather the necessary documentation and build a strong case for your claim.

Compensation for asbestos claims can cover various expenses and losses related to your asbestos-related disease. These may include medical and treatment expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, and the cost of care and support. The exact amount of compensation you may be eligible for depends on the specifics of your case, such as the severity of your condition and the impact it has had on your life. Consulting with an experienced Coutts lawyer can help you understand the compensation you may be entitled to and guide you through the claims process.

A product liability claim is a legal action taken against a manufacturer, distributor, or retailer when a consumer suffers an injury or damage due to a faulty or defective product. Product liability claims are governed by the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). The ACL holds manufacturers and suppliers responsible for ensuring that their products are safe and fit for their intended purpose. If a product causes injury or damage, the injured party may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, loss of earnings, pain and suffering, and other related expenses.

To make a product liability claim, you’ll need to establish that the product was defective, the defect caused your injury or damage, and you suffered a loss as a result. You should gather evidence such as photographs of the defective product, medical records, receipts, and any correspondence with the manufacturer or retailer. It’s also essential to seek legal advice from a Coutts lawyer to help you navigate the process.

The time limit for filing a product liability claim is generally three years from the date you became aware of the injury, loss, defect, or the identity of the manufacturer. It’s crucial to act promptly and consult a Coutts lawyer to ensure your claim is filed within the required timeframe.

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