Oct 19, 2017

If you are ever unfortunate enough to suffer an injury at work, on the road or in a public place, I’m sure that your immediate focus is on your health and not necessarily on how to go about ensuring you are adequately compensated for your injuries.  It may be some time before you decide that you would like to get some advice about your entitlements.  Unfortunately, with the passage of time memories fade, witnesses become harder to track and evidence can become lost.  This can make it difficult to obtain the compensation you may be entitled to.  The below are some tips about steps you can take following an injury so that if you need to later pursue a claim for compensation, you are well prepared:

  1. Report the incident: even if the injury seems trivial at the time, it’s best to let the relevant person or entity know about the circumstances of your incident when it happens.  This not only provides an opportunity for hazards to be fixed but ensures there is a record of how you injured yourself. 
  2. Visit your GP.  This will put you on the right treatment path and provide further contemporaneous evidence about the history and nature of your injury.
  3. Record any evidence.  Take photos of the area where your incident occurred.  Make notes of weather conditions, witness contact details and any other relevant circumstances.  Save and print any photos, emails, text messages etc.  If the incident may have been captured by CCTV, request that the owner of the footage records a copy of such footage and that such recording is commenced from about 20 minutes prior to the time of the incident.  Keep all receipts for any expenses incurred and keep a diary of all relevant appointments, critical dates and pain.  Also keep a diary of any assistance you have received from friends or relatives with daily tasks such as showering, dressing, cooking, cleaning driving etc. 
  4. Finally, and most importantly, seek legal advice as soon as possible.  There are strict time limits which vary depending on the circumstances of your injury so it’s best to be advised of your entitlements as soon as possible so that you can make an informed decision. 

I am an accredited personal injury specialist and have extensive experience in this area.  I offer fixed fees on a no-win, no fee basis and am happy to meet you at a location convenient to you.  Your first meeting with me is free and there is no obligation to continue if you are not comfortable in doing so.  I understand that this may be a difficult, stressful time in your life and I pride myself on being someone you can trust to guide you through the process with compassion and understanding.

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Rebecca Maplesden
Your Law Firm | Personal Injury | Melbourne
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