Why You Need Experts to Negotiate an Injury Settlement

In many cases, the simplest way to resolve a personal injury claim is through settlement. However, accepting a settlement from the other party without consulting a lawyer is risky. The settlement offered may fall short, resulting in the claimant waiving the right to legitimate entitlements.

Injury settlements should be negotiated by personal injury lawyers from both sides to ensure everyone meets their obligations and that the claimant is appropriately compensated.

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Are You Entitled to a Disability Claim From Your Super Fund?

Many superannuation and insurance policies come with benefits to protect you if you are unable to work due to illness or disability. Unfortunately, accessing these benefits can sometimes be a long and complex process.

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Compensation Claim Issues in the Hospitality Sector

Restaurants, cafes, clubs, hotels and events are all part of the hospitality sector, an industry full of hazards for both workers and customers. Sharp objects, open flames and large, congested crowds are common features of these places, capable of causing serious injury.

Both workers and customers injured in a hospitality venue or workplace may be eligible to claim compensation to cover medical costs, lost earnings and loss and suffering. There are different processes for making a claim, depending on whether the claimant is a worker or a guest. We’ll explain hospitality compensation processes and issues below for workers, guests and businesses.

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Should I Accept a Settlement For An Injury Claim?

The majority of personal injury claims are resolved through settlement. But how do you know when to accept a settlement offer? While it’s a bit more straightforward to determine an appropriate amount of compensation to cover medical expenses and wages, things get more complex when you’re trying to put a monetary value on loss and suffering

For many claimants, an appropriate settlement offer is a matter of opinion. In some cases, they rightfully believe their claim is worth more than is being offered and, other times, they believe it’s worth more than it actually is.

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What Does “No Win, No Fee” Really Mean?

“No win, no fee” cost agreements are a unique way to offer legal services to those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it. Put simply, a lawyer’s payment is contingent on a successful outcome. The idea is that people who can’t afford to pay legal fees are not deterred from pursuing a claim.

However, these agreements can operate in a variety of ways depending on the firm. You’d be forgiven for thinking that the arrangement simply means that if you don’t win, there is nothing to pay. This isn’t always the case. There are important details and considerations you should be aware of.

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Mining Industry Compensation Claims and Issues

Working in the mining industry is risky, with workers exposed to dangerous situations every day while completing their tasks. Despite training, experience and safety policies, accidents can happen, leaving workers with serious injuries and financially burdened by medical costs.

Fortunately, all workers in the mining industry have the right to claim compensation if they suffer a work-related injury. However, there are a couple of different pathways to making a claim depending on the circumstances of your injury.

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Product Safety Claims and Injury Compensation – Explained

When a product doesn’t work properly, it can cause a lot of frustration. However, it’s even worse when a faulty product results in an injury. As consumers, we can reasonably expect our products to be safe and operate according to their intended purpose.

If you are injured by a defective or faulty product, you may be able to make a product liability claim, allowing you to seek compensation from the manufacturer or distributor of the product. You may be able to make a claim regardless of whether the product was manufactured or bought from Australia or overseas.

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What is a “Psychological Injury” And Can You Claim Compensation?

If you experience or witness a serious injury or death during a motor vehicle accident or a workplace accident, the stress, anxiety, grief and trauma that often results can be debilitating. Bullying, discrimination, harassment and day-to-day stress in the workplace can also cause what are called “psychological injuries”.

Fortunately, you may be able to access compensation for your psychological injury. The pathway for doing so depends on the kind of mental harm you have experienced and under what circumstances.

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Why You Must Seek Legal Advice for Any Compensation Claim

Not every legal matter requires the assistance of a lawyer; however, making a compensation claim for a personal injury is a different story. Compensation law can be complex and confusing as there are so many sub-categories with different claim processes and the outcome of each case is largely determined by specific circumstances.

Whether you want to make a claim for a motor vehicle accident, medical negligence or a faulty product, it’s essential to seek advice from an experienced compensation lawyer. This ensures you have the best chance at receiving the compensation you are owed.

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Common Law and Statutory Claims – What’s the Difference?

Workers’ Compensation claims fall under two distinct categories; common law and statutory claims. Understanding these two systems can save a lot of confusion in the long run so we’re taking the time to explain these types of claims and the processes they involve.

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Does My Case Have to Go to Court?

Going to court can be a costly and stressful procedure, particularly when you’re dealing with a minor claim. However, there are alternative services available that can remove the need to for a formal hearing. In this way, you can often reach a settlement faster, save money, preserve relationships and have your say in a less formal setting. Here are a few of the alternative resolution services we offer at Brisbane Injury Lawyers:

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Common Reasons Why Plaintiffs Make Claims

Legal claims often result in financial compensation being awarded but this is not always the first priority of the plaintiff. Court cases are pursued for a variety of reasons, all of which demonstrate valid motivation to put in the work required to successfully win a legal battle. A few common reasons our clients make legal claims are listed below.

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What to Expect in Your Consultation with Brisbane Injury Lawyers

Beginning a legal claim can seem daunting if you’ve never had to hire a lawyer before but at Brisbane Injury Lawyers, we take pride in offering the highest standard of assistance throughout claims. We aim to make every client feel completely comfortable and confident in their claim, so read on to learn more about what’s involved in the process.
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Australia’s Biggest Compensation Payouts

 

While not all workplace compensation cases are front page news, certain shocking injuries have seen compensation payouts soaring into the millions.

While they may seem excessive, these payments are often awarded to compensate for horrific injuries which will last the rest of one’s natural life.

Here are some of Australia’s biggest compensation payouts.

 

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What Happens if I Get Injured Working from Home?

 

When it comes to workplace injury law, we often think about risks and hazards that could occur in the workplace itself. However, the rise of flexible work arrangements, virtual networks, video conferencing and more, has blurred the distinction between the workplace and personal spaces.

As technology increasingly enables us to work from anywhere, telecommuting – or working from home – has been on the rise. Both employees and employers benefit from the added flexibility and productivity benefits. Deloitte went as far as calling teleworking “one of the biggest structural changes to the labour market this decade”.

Even when working from home, employees may be entitled to workers’ compensation. A multi-million dollar compensation pay-out to a Telstra employee who slipped and fell while working from home has highlighted that workplace health and safety law is by no means limited to the workplace and should be taken very seriously by employers.

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