Injuries in public transports might be rarer to encounter but the outcomes might be tougher as well. This might be because the surroundings might be positioned to cause accidental harm or the mass of the vehicle combined with the weight of all the passengers might result to serious injuries in case of a rollover or a tip over.
In Australia, for the injuries occurred due to a collision, motor accident compensation can be claimed while for the injuries resulted from negligence such as slips and falls due to slippery grounds or injuries occurred from shattered glass, public liability compensation may be claimed.
Can I file a claim for public transport accident?
If you are suffering injuries due to a collision, you may be able to receive motor accident compensation.In motor vehicle accidents, everyone using the roads in Australia may receive ‘’statutory benefits’’ to relieve their pain both economically and psychologically. These statutory benefits include income support payments, medical expenditures and personal care services. The passengers of public transport services such as busses, trains, trams and ferries can receive statutory benefits to ease their loss. If the accident was a collision and the driver of the other vehicle was harmed, he or she may also receive compensation depending on the situation.Regardless of the degree of faultiness, everyone may receive statutory benefits for 6 months. Income support payments can also be benefitted if the claimant was not mostly or wholly at fault or if the ongoing injuries are severe injuries and further treatment is needed.
For severe injuries, an application for common law damages should be made in order to receive lump sum compensation. If you are involved in a public transport accident as a passenger, you may receive lump sum compensation if your injuries are not assessed as minor injuries. You may be awarded lump sum payment for your economic loss, which is defined as decreased earning capacity due to impairment and for your non-economic loss which relates to pain & suffering. Keep in mind that lump sum payment for non-economic loss may only be awarded for permanent impairment with a degree above 10%.
How to claim for public transport injuries?
Firstly, the accident should be reported to the emergency services in 28 days to be able to receive back pay. Meanwhile, you can receive a GP visit and two treatment sessions by notifying the relevant insurer. These sessions will be free of charge and can be arranged prior to claiming compensation. During the process, many evidence might be needed by the insurer. These might be documents demonstrating your incapacity to work, reduced income due to injuries and ongoing medical treatment.
How a lawyer can help me with the process?
Among the many benefits of a professional representation, lawyers are well known for their skills to push their limits to maximise compensation. Individual representations might end up with being under-compensated since themajority of the claimants are not aware of their rights. A motor vehicle accident compensation attorney with an extensive experience will support you by gathering all the necessary documents, manage the conversations with the insurer of the other party, make sure you are aware of your rights and manage the medical appointments. Lawyers are not expensive. In fact, they will earn their cuts by helping you to be compensated with the maximum amount possible. No win no fee lawyers are confident of their expertise in motor accident claims and offer you a service to evaluate your situation for free in New South Wales, Australia such as Sydney and Parramatta. If you hire a no win no fee lawyer, you will only be charged if you can successfully receive compensation.