Level 1, 1 Farrell Place
Canberra City ACT 2601
Phone: (02) 6230 1999
260 Crawford Street
Queanbeyan NSW 2620
Phone: (02) 6299 3999
Lawyers specialising in personal injury assist clients to obtain compensation as a result of physical and/or psychological injury.
Practitioners at Baker Deane & Nutt specialise in personal injury law and can assist with:
For personal injury matters Baker Deane & Nutt do not charge for the first consultation and offer “No Win No Fee” in most matters.
It is often difficult to know whether or not you are eligible to make a personal injury claim and if you are eligible, which type of claim can you make? By speaking with Baker Deane & Nutt you will be informed of your rights and obligations with respect to your injury and whether we believe you have reasonable prospects of succeeding with a claim. Generally speaking, if your injury is sufficiently serious that you need to see a doctor or have time off work, then there is good reason to consider making a claim.
There are several different types of personal injury claims which can be made, including:
In some circumstances it is possible to make more than one of the above claims.
The amount of compensation depends on several factors:
Most claims settle as a result of negotiation between the parties (i.e. the injured party and the insurer). If the matter cannot be settled between the parties, then a Court hearing will be necessary.
Baker Deane & Nutt will assess your claim prior to settlement and advise you of what we consider your claim to be worth.
Each claim progresses at a different rate and can depend on the severity of the injury, the degree of complexity of the case and other independent factors. Generally, however the longest delay in a claim is the time it takes for a person’s injuries to stabilise or resolve.
Upon meeting with you, Baker Deane & Nutt will be able to provide you with an estimate as to how long your claim may take and will provide you with updates along the way.
This depends on several factors:
For workers compensation claims, it is quite normal for an insurer to pay weekly benefits in lieu of lost wage and also for medical expenses (as long as they accept liability).
For motor vehicle accidents, there is the potential for medical expenses incurred within the first six months following the accident to be paid by the insurer. To take advantage of this however, it is necessary for the claim forms to be sent to the insurer within 30 days of the accident. Provided the insurer accepts liability, it is possible for medical expenses to be paid by the insurer in excess of six months.
A common misconception is that clients will have to pay a significant bill upfront for their personal injury matters. Generally, you will not be required to pay up front for your personal injury matter.
For successful workers compensation claims, the insurer will pay for all of your costs and disbursements.
For common law claims and motor vehicle accident claims, the bulk of your legal costs are paid by the insurer but not all. The solicitor/client costs that are not paid by the insurer will be deducted from your settlement sum upon settlement.
Most personal injury matters settle out of Court by way of negotiation between the parties. A Court hearing will only be required if a settlement cannot be achieved. It is actually exceedingly rare to have a formal Court hearing!
Personal injury law can be extremely complex. To ensure you understand your full entitlements as well as the applicable risks and value of your claim, you should always seek the advice of an experienced lawyer. This should be done as soon as possible as there are strict periods within which claims must be made. If you miss those time periods, your right to claim may end and regardless of the severity of your injury or the strength of your claim.
When you call Baker Deane & Nutt we will obtain preliminary information from you over the phone and arrange an appointment for you to meet with one of our solicitors.
When we meet with you, we will: