When it comes to claiming compensation in Victoria, there are several pitfalls to watch out for. If you've been injured and want to receive compensation for medical expenses, lost income, and other damages, it's important to be aware of these potential roadblocks. Here are seven of the biggest pitfalls to avoid when claiming compensation in Victoria:
Failing to report the injury: Reporting your workplace injury to your employer is crucial, as failure to do so may result in losing your right to claim compensation. Make sure to report the injury as soon as possible and within 30 days of the injury.
Missing deadlines: Deadlines for compensation claims in Victoria are strict. For example, you must notify the TAC of a motor vehicle accident within 12 months of the accident. Missing a deadline may result in losing your right to claim compensation.
Not seeking medical attention: Seeking medical attention after an injury is essential for your health and your compensation claim. Without medical attention, it may be difficult to prove the extent of your injuries and the impact they have on your life.
Not gathering evidence: Gathering evidence, including medical records, witness statements, and photographs of the accident scene, is crucial for proving your case and receiving compensation.
Not seeking legal advice: Navigating the compensation system on your own can be challenging. Seeking legal advice from a personal injury lawyer can help you understand your rights and options, improving your chances of a successful claim.
Signing documents without legal advice: Insurance companies may pressure you to sign documents or settle your claim quickly, but it's important to seek legal advice before signing anything. Signing documents without legal advice may result in receiving less compensation than you're entitled to.
Underestimating the value of your claim: Assessing the value of your claim can be difficult, especially if you're not familiar with the compensation system. A personal injury lawyer can help you accurately assess the value of your claim and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Claiming compensation in Victoria can be challenging, but avoiding these pitfalls can help maximize your chances of a successful claim. If you need assistance with your compensation claim, speak with a personal injury lawyer to ensure your rights are protected. Our team of experts can assist you for an obligation free consultation. We are industry experts and many of us are Accredited Specialists with the Law Institute of Victoria. Contact us now via the booking system below.
*Disclaimer: This is intended as general information only and not to be construed as legal advice. The above information is subject to changes over time. You should always seek professional advice before taking any course of action.*
Special Counsel | Accredited Personal Injury Law Specialist VIC
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