Personal Injury

Personal Injury Claim Forms (QLD) – Download

In Queensland, depending on the type of personal injury claim you are making, you are required to commence the matter by using the prescribed claim form (usually called a claim notice). 

Warning: You should never attempt to complete an initial claim notice yourself. We strongly recommend that you engage a solicitor to ensure that the claim notice is completed correctly, and in a way that will help set up your claim to achieve the maximum possible compensation entitlement. Each claim form ...

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Can I change lawyers for my compensation claim?

The main reasons clients might seek to change lawyers for their personal injury claim are:

  • the client is unhappy with the communication from their current lawyer and doesn’t know the current status of their matter
  • the client is unhappy with the fees charged / accruing by the current lawyer
  • the client becomes aware of a more suitable or affordable lawyer
  • the client feels like their solicitor is not progressing the matter in a timely manner

If your lawyer becomes aware that you are unhappy ...

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3 Common Causes of Vehicle Accidents in Queensland

Every year, thousands of Australians experience road accidents, either due to a driving error on their part or being caught in harm’s way due to someone else’s negligence. 

If you’re a driver, you’ve probably grown accustomed to the fact that car crashes can happen to anyone and make life more difficult in the process. With the higher risk of injury (or even death) that can result in being off the road and out of work for weeks, ...

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Slipped over at a shopping centre? – The 20 Minute Warning

If you’ve slipped over at a supermarket or shopping centre and sustained an injury, your ability to be successful in a compensation claim can depend on one single element: when did the spillage occur? 

In Queensland, the standard for cleaning rotations of publicly used spaces such as shopping centres is 15-20 minutes. This standard was set in 2012 by the High Court case of Strong v Woolworths Limited (trading as Big W).

In Strong, the incident area had not ...

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3 Considerations in the Search for the Right Injury Lawyer

No one wants to be involved in an accident, especially whilst at work. However, accidents can and will happen. There is no way to avoid them entirely. In the unfortunate event that one occurs in the workplace, the best way to protect yourself financially is by hiring a good workplace personal injury lawyer. 

Being involved in an accident can be incredibly damaging to the injured party. They may lose the capacity to work, either temporarily or permanently, ...

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Common Workplace Injuries That You Need to Know About

Working professionals, no matter what position you have or which industry you’re in, are not immune to accidents. Even if you have a nine-to-five office job and you sit at your desk all day, you can still face a workplace injury—maybe not physically, but possibly mentally and/or emotionally.

No matter how careful you are within the environment you work in, you are still at risk of experiencing an unwanted incident that can lead you to feel helpless. ...

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4 “Unwinnable” Compensation Claims That You Can Actually Win

Victims of accidents can often feel that despite their injuries, they aren’t entitled or able to make a claim for compensation. Or, if they did make a claim, they would be on the losing end of a case that seems virtually unwinnable. However, when it comes to taking legal action for personal injuries, many people may be surprised at how many types of cases they can claim for. 

Consulting a lawyer will be your best bet to ...

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Injury assessed at 0% Impairment by Workcover? Here’s why it might not matter

If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident, chances are you have made a workers compensation claim through Workcover, Queensland’s largest workplace injury insurer.

At the end your rehabilitation, the claim is usually closed by Workcover sending you to a doctor for an independent medical examination (IME) and then issuing you with a Notice of Assessment. The notice quantifies your injury with a score from 0-100%.

This score is your assessed Degree of Permanent Impairment and if your injury is ...

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Case Review: Hit and Run by Unidentified Mobility Scooter

The Scenario

In 2017, an elderly client of ROCHE Legal was shopping at a supermarket when a person riding a mobility scooter negligently reversed into them. The shopper was knocked down and caused them a serious injury. The person riding the mobility scooter saw what they had done, and chose to flee the scene without showing any concern or offering any assistance.

The Problem

If you use a motorised wheelchair on a footpath or road area in Queensland, it must be registered. The ...

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10 Steps to Take After a Car Accident in Queensland

A car accident should always be taken seriously, no matter the severity. The compensation claim process can be complex, and strict time limits apply to making claims. If you have been involved in an accident and wish to discuss your options urgently, contact ROCHE Legal today. In the meantime, here are the 10 steps to take after a car accident.

Step 1: Get to Safety

Getting off the road is important, not only for you and the other passengers, but for the general ...

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