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Frequently Asked Questions
Personal injury claims are claims for compensation made by people who have suffered injuries caused by another person’s negligence.
If a person has been injured because of another person, and they have suffered financial loss because of the injury, they may be able to claim compensation from the person who caused the injury, or their insurer.
The injury must be more than merely trivial in nature as it needs to have caused the injured person financial loss for them to be entitled to compensation.
Ferrall & Co. Lawyers are here to help you understand if you are entitled to make a claim, explain your rights in relation to making a compensation claim, and how to make a claim.
We will guide you through the whole process.
To make a claim for personal injury, the injured person must first notify the person they are intending to claim against.
Once the at-fault party has been notified of the claim, the injured person has to take certain steps to progress their matter through the claim process.
If you have suffered an injury or are suffering from an illness due to the actions or negligence of someone else, you may be entitled to claim compensation. It is important to speak with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible following your incident as there are time constraints around claiming.
Injured persons are able to claim for pain and suffering and loss of amenities, which essentially means their non-economic loss.
Injured persons are also able to claim their loss of financial income both past and future, their medical expenses both past and future as well as the cost of home modifications, nursing services, voluntary or gratuitous care and rehabilitation expenses.
Only the losses incurred, because of the claimed injury, are claimable. It is very important for an injured person to maintain excellent records of all expenses incurred so that they can get as much back through the claim as possible.
Gratuitous care (sometimes referred to as voluntary services) is the care or services provided to a claimant, usually by a family member for no charge. Tasks such as domestic chores, personal care tasks, as well as home and vehicle maintenance may all be claimable.
A person who is making a claim for personal injury may be entitled to include a claim for the cost of gratuitous care or domestic services provided to them by others. While there are certain criteria that must be met for a gratuitous care claim to be successful, it is always worth knowing what may be included in your claim.
The person providing the services is not the person entitled to claim for the cost of them. Only the injured person can make a claim for gratuitous care. The time spent by the person providing the gratuitous care / services may be recoverable by the injured person at the current market value (for a commercial care provider for the hours provided).