Free Case Assessment
No Win No Fee
You have rights: access to justice should not hinge on whether you can afford to pay a lawyer.
One of our Personal Injury Lawyers will assess your case promptly. This can often be done via a consultation over the phone with you.
In approved cases we will:
- Handle your matter on the basis that we are only paid at the end of the matter and only if your claim succeeds; and
- Arrange for out of pocket expenses to be covered until the conclusion of your claim.
Free Case Assessment
We will review your personal injury case in a free initial telephone conversation.
If we are satisfied that you have a good compensation claim, we will then make arrangements to meet with you at our Brisbane office and start your claim. We understand that when you are injured you may not be able to travel so one of our friendly Personal Injury Lawyers can visit you either at home or in hospital.
In our initial meeting we will take you through exactly what commencing a Personal Injury claim involves and we will explain in simple terms our "no win no fee" policy. Most of our personal injury compensation claims are handled on a no win no fee basis which means that if you do not get paid (receive compensation), we do not get paid. In approved cases we will also arrange for the out of pocket expenses associated with the running of your claim to be covered until the conclusion of your compensation claim.
There are different types of damages to be claimed in a personal injury claim. The main ones are:
- Damages for pain and suffering;
- Past loss of income;
- Future loss of income;
- Medical expenses (past and future);
- Travelling and other out of pocket expenses;
- Care (voluntary assistance provided by friends or family); and
- Paid Care (e.g. you may have to pay a nurse to assist you as a result of the accident or you may require paid care into the future).
Types of Personal Injury
There are many ways in which you can suffer personal injury but some of the more common ways are as follows:
Have you suffered a personal injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident in Queensland? You may be entitled to a personal injury compensation claim.
Work Accidents (WorkCover)
Have you been injured within the workplace? One of our Queensland Personal Injury Lawyers can guide you through the WorkCover system.
Have you received medical treatment that falls short of the required standard of care? Our Personal Injury Lawyers can assist you.
Slip and Fall
If you have suffered injuries as result of a slip, fall or the like, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your personal injuries and loss
Brain Injury/Back, Neck and Spinal Injuries
Our Personal Injury Lawyers can assist with your case if you have suffered a brain injury or spinal injury as a result of a motor vehicle, work accident or other incident.
Were you sold a product that was defective or otherwise unsafe and did not have the appropriate warnings? Our Personal Injury Lawyers can assist with pursuing a product liability compensation claim.
Are you eligible for a TPD lump sum payment? If you are unable to work due to illness or injury our Personal Injury Lawyers can help you satisfy the insurer that your injury meets the definition of ‘totally and permanently disabled.'
Call a Queensland Law Society accredited injury law specialist
As a Queensland Law Society Accredited Injury Law Specialist since 1999 and one of only approximately 120 such specialists in Queensland, Dean Spanner has:
- Demonstrated extensive experience in the area of Personal Injury Law
- Completed an advanced study program in Personal Injury Law which is rigorously administered by the Queensland Law Society
- Undertaken continuing legal education in the area of Personal Injury Law to ensure that his knowledge and practice remains on the cutting edge of developments in this area of the law.
Personal Injury Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Make a Personal Injury Claim?
If you have suffered an injury as a result of a work, motor vehicle or other form of accident, it is likely that you are entitled to make a personal injury claim.
Whether you should simply accept a lump sum offer or bring a damages claim (the lump sum offer is usually a fraction of the amount you would recover if you succeed with a damages claim), very much depends on the circumstances of your case.
It is important that you seek legal advice from a solicitor who specialises in this area of law so that you know what your rights are.
How Long Will a Personal Injury Claim Take?
This depends on the severity of your injuries and the circumstances of your accident. As a rule of thumb, we arrange for you to be examined by our preferred medical specialist at 9 to 12 months after the accident. That medical specialist is asked to answer a number of important questions including how severe your injuries are and what is the likelihood that those injuries will have an impact on your ability to work in the future.
Once the specialist medical evidence is obtained, it is then a matter of assessing the value of the claim.
In our experience, most straightforward cases are completed between 12 months and 2 years from the date of the accident.
If there is something peculiar about your case or it is more complicated, it could take longer.
If I've Been Injured, What Can I Claim For?
If you bring a damages claim you can claim for:
- Damages for pain and suffering
- Past loss of income
- Future loss of income
- Past and future medical expenses
- Out of pocket expenses
Is it Worth Making a Personal Injury Claim?
There is only way to find out and that is to seek legal advice. We recommend you at least telephone a Personal Injury Specialist and seek advice. An answer to this question can often be given over the phone in a free initial telephone consultation.
Can I Handle the Claim Myself or do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
This area of law is complex if you are not practising in it daily. Many lawyers choose not to work in this area because of its complexity.
It is important to understand that the insurer is under no obligation to advise an injured claimant of his or her rights to claim certain damages.
We have been consulted by numerous self acting claimants over the years who have received an offer from an insurer. On many occasions it becomes apparent that the insurer has been attempting to resolve the matter without even allowing for critical heads of damage such as future economic loss or future medical expenses
Our Written Promise to you
We will provide you with an easy to read Service Agreement which confirms our promise in writing to you that the matter is being handled on a No Win No Fee or Deferred Fee basis as the case may be. Our promise relates to our legal fees and in approved cases out of pocket expenses.
The vast majority of cases settle without progressing to a Court. If your case is one of the few that make it all the way to Court and if you are unsuccessful, you may be ordered to pay for some of the other party's legal costs.
Telephone our Brisbane office (07) 3236 9169 or enter your details below for a free case assessment