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Our specialist car accident solicitors deal exclusively with personal injury compensation claims using the no win no fee scheme. Our solicitors goal is to ensure that accident victims receive the full financial support to which they are entitled by law. Our car accident solicitors leave no stone unturned in their quest for fair and reasonable compensation, are totally client focussed and will zealously guard your legal right to receive the full financial reward to which you are entitled. If you decide to move forward with your compensation claim, your car accident solicitor will contact the negligent driver and the relevant insurers immediately and outline the details of your claim, including the alleged negligence and will provide an estimate of the amount being claimed which is based on the available medical evidence. If a sensible offer of compensation is not received in the short term our personal injury lawyers will vigorously pursue your claim, by the issue of legal proceedings in a court of law, until full and fair settlement is achieved. Do yourself justice – contact Rapid Solicitors without delay.

Car Accident Compensation

The victims of road traffic accidents who suffer personal injury and bear no fault for the cause of the accident have a legal right to claim damages. The importance of being represented by a specialist car accident solicitor cannot be overestimated. Experience and academic training enables a specialist car accident solicitor to foresee a range of damages to which the claimant may be eligible, that may not be obvious to a general practice lawyer. Compensation in personal injury claims falls into two main categories known as “special damages” and “general damages” :-

    Special Damages represents past and future losses that can be calculated reasonably accurately and do not need to be assessed, which includes the cost of vehicle repairs, general expenses, medications, insurance excess, care costs and loss of income.

    General Damages represents compensation for items that a judge must assess which includes pain and suffering for physical and psychological injury together with compensation for compromised ability to function or perform previous daily necessities or recreational activities.

Categories of Damages

A car accident solicitor may be able to claim some or all of the following items of compensation :-

  • loss of income, both past and estimated for the future
  • costs of vehicle repairs
  • diminished open market value of a repaired vehicle
  • interim car hire and other transport costs
  • physical and emotional pain and suffering
  • loss of amenity of life and loss of lifestyle
  • past and future medical expenses
  • all other reasonable losses and expenses

Evidence & Negligence

The success of an accident compensation claim usually depends on the evidence put forward by a car accident solicitor. Rapid Solicitors recommend that you make a detailed record of every relevant fact relating to the incident. In most jurisdictions, in order to succeed in an accident compensation claim, it must be proved that the accident was caused by the negligence of another person. In some jurisdictions there is a non-fault compensation scheme in operation. Most claims are settled by agreement however if not, legal proceedings must be issued in a court of law within three years of the date of the accident or the opportunity to claim compensation may be lost forever. There are some exceptions to this general rule.

Time Limits

All personal injury compensation claims in Australia are subject to time limits. A compensation claim must be either settled or legal proceedings must have been issued in a court of law within three years of the incident that caused the injury or within three three years of the injury being diagnosed if it was not obvious at the time of the incident. There are exceptions for minors and the mentally disabled. For those who were minors at the time the injury was sustained, time does not start running until the 18th birthday expiring on the eve of the 21st birthday. Time does not run against those with a mental disability until full mental capacity has been regained. There are other exceptions to the general rule and judges have a wide, but rarely exercised discretion to alter, amend or change the time limits if the situation demands intervention. There may be certain isolated local variations of limitation periods dependant on particular circumstances in areas where our solicitors operate including Adelaide SA, Canberra ACT, Melbourne VIC, Sydney NSW and Perth WA thereby making it essential that you obtain advice from a solicitor practising in the locale. In addition limitation periods may be restricted in some unusual circumstances often dependant on the identity of the proposed defendant making it essential that you obtain advice as soon as possible after the incident that caused the injury.


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