- Motorcycle Riders
- Pillion Passengers
Motor accidents are one of the most common causes of injuries. All States and Territories in Australia have Compulsory Third Party (CTP) compensation schemes for people injured in motor accidents.
Tasmania has one of the most comprehensive schemes in Australia which provides;
- No fault compensation (statutory benefits which are available even if you caused the accident); and
- Common Law compensation (where you sue a person who caused the accident).
The MAIB, which runs the Tasmanian CTP scheme, processes claims for statutory benefits, and defends Common Law claims on behalf of negligent drivers. All motorists contribute to the Tasmanian CTP scheme by paying a CTP premium as part of their registration. The Tasmanian CTP scheme provides some of the best benefits in Australia, is profitable and consistently pays a sizable dividend to the Tasmanian Government.
Why do you need a lawyer ASAP?
Consulting a lawyer at an early stage may help you avoid delays with your MAIB statutory benefits claim or common law claim.
You may need a lawyer;
- if you have a difficult statutory benefits claim;
- to understand your entitlement to common law damages; and
- to avoid issues with strict time limits.
By engaging Chris Hill Lawyers you take advantage of our inside knowledge of the MAIB.
- Workplace accidents
- Stress claims
Workplace injuries can have a significant impact on you or your family, particularly financially. If you are injured at work you should inform your employer, complete a workers’ compensation claim form and seek medical assistance (you will need a medical certificate to support your claim). A claim can be made without having to prove that your employer was at fault. Your employer’s insurer will manage the claim for your employer (unless they are a self-insurer). Strict time limits apply, so you should see a lawyer as early as possible so your entitlements are not affected.
Workers’ Compensation Common Law claims
If you are seriously injured and the injury was caused by your employer, you may be entitled to bring a Common Law claim. The claim will be brought in the Supreme Court and follow a similar process to that of a motor accident claim.
- Accidents in shopping centres
- Slips and falls in supermarkets
- Accidents on public or private property (footpaths, stairs and gardens)
- Food poisoning
- Injuries occurring during sports activities
If you are injured on private property or in a public place, such as a shopping centre, and your injury was caused by someone else, you may be entitled to compensation at common law (by suing the owner and/or person responsible). There are no compensation schemes covering these types of claims but most property owners have public liability insurance. Proving fault in these claims can be quite difficult.
As with other type of personal injury claims there are strict time limits for bringing claims. Defendants (the people you are suing) and their insurers may use time delays as a defence to your claim.
Due to the complex nature of the law and the time limits, consulting a lawyer at an early stage is recommended.