Injured in A Road Accident? Your Next Steps Checklist
Being involved in a road accident can be a traumatic and stressful experience. Regardless of who was at fault, it’s important to protect your interests.
To receive treatment or compensation after an injury in a road accident, the injured person will need to take a few immediate steps. To make this process as simple as possible, the Legal GP have summarised the key steps below.
Depending on your injury, some of these steps may be difficult for you to complete. If so, ask a friend or relative, preferably somebody who was with you when you were injured, to assist.
Immediate Steps Post-Road Accident Injury (Basic):
- Obtain the contact details of any witnesses at the scene to verify what happened.
- Report the accident to the police. If they attended the scene, you may skip this step.
- Consult a doctor as soon as possible. If you were taken to a hospital, you may skip this step.
- Complete a claim form. To do so, search ‘TAC Online Claim Lodgement’ in Google or free call TAC on 1300 654 329. A claim must be made within twelve months of the accident; although this can be extended to three years in special circumstances. If you were taken to a hospital, this may have been completed on your behalf.
- Engage a trusted legal professional as soon as possible. Time limits apply at different stages of cases and circumstances vary widely.
Once your claim is accepted, you will likely be entitled to a weekly wage and permanent impairment benefits and / or medical expenses. Any entitlement to claim further — a common law claim for negligence — must commence within six years from the date of the injury, although this can be extended in special circumstances.
If you are looking for more information on workplace injury or are ready to commence the claims process, arrange a free, no-obligation appointment with Mark Ryan, the Legal GP. It is never too early to get advice!