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Personal Injury

Personal injury law is highly complex and strict time limits are frequently applicable. It is absolutely essential that you talk to a lawyer as soon as possible after you have suffered an injury.

BDN has provided expert personal injury services to Canberra and the surrounding regions for many years and our personal injury team is highly experienced and well-regarded.

Our practitioners can help you with:

  • Workers Compensation;
  • Motor vehicle accidents;
  • Occupier’s liability;
  • Medical negligence; and
  • Comcare claims.

Your first consultation will be free and we offer “No Win No Fee” services to most claims.

If you or somebody you know has suffered an injury, contact us as soon as possible.


I’ve been injured at work, what are my entitlements?

If you have been injured at work it is usually possible to make a workers compensation claim.

If you have suffered injury you should:

  • Notify your employer as soon as possible;
  • Keep all receipts for medical treatment;
  • Contact a lawyer for independent advice.

Workers compensation entitlements usually include:

  • Weekly income benefits;
  • Payment of medical expenses;
  • Compensation for permanent impairment.

What is a common law claim?

A common law claim may be made when you suffer injury as a result of the negligence of another person or entity.

Common grounds for claims include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents;
  • Employer negligence;
  • Occupier’s liability; and
  • Medical negligence.

Strict time limits for making claims apply; please contact us as soon as possible if you require advice or assistance.

When should I contact a solicitor?

You should contact a solicitor as soon as possible after suffering an injury to find out about any applicable limitation periods.

Can I manage my claim without a solicitor?

While it is possible to represent yourself, personal injury law is highly complex and insurers have little regard for your best interests. Our firm advice is to speak to us about your injury. Your first contact with us is cost and obligation free.

We will:

  • Advise you about your rights and obligations;
  • Communicate with the insurer and their solicitors;
  • Obtain relevant evidence to strengthen your claim; and
  • Advise you of the value of your claim and conduct negotiations for settlement.

Engaging a solicitor will result in more compensation for you.

What does “No Win No Fee” mean?

“No Win No Fee” applies to most common law personal injury claims. If the claim fails we do not charge you for our professional services, only for amounts spent on the claim on your behalf (such as fees for medical notes and reports).

How long will my claim take?

Duration is usually determined by the severity and complexity of your injuries. It is important to allow your injuries to stabilise before settlement is considered as settling a claim too early can result in inadequate compensation.

How much compensation will I get?

The amount of compensation is determined by several factors including:

  • Severity of your injuries
  • Medical treatment required;
  • Amount of missed work;
  • Applicable legislation.

Will I need to go to court?

Most claims settle before a court hearing so it is unlikely your claim will need to proceed to a hearing.

Baker Deane & Nutt