Using Compensation Payments to Rebuild Your Life

Published by Marshall & Gibson Lawyers on the 23 December 2011

Rebuilding your life after an injury can be made easier if you obtain the full amount of compensation to which you’re rightfully entitled. In most cases, working with personal injury and compensation lawyers in Sydney and elsewhere in Australia is the best way to ascertain how much you’re eligible for and to formulate an appropriate strategy for obtaining compensation. In this article, we take a quick look at how compensation payments can help you rebuild your life.

Rebuilding Life After Injury

Although we’d prefer not to think about it, accidents and injuries are an inevitable part of life. They can happen at any time. If you’ve been injured, whether through someone’s negligence, in a motor accident, or at work, you’re probably eager to recover and resume your working and personal life as soon as possible.

Other than getting adequate rest, professional medical help, maintaining a positive state of mind, and getting plenty of support from family and friends, one of the best ways to ensure a smooth recovery or rehabilitation period is to make sure that you’re adequately compensated for any loss suffered.

Obtaining Compensation

To facilitate the process and ensure that your recovery period progresses as smoothly as possible, you should seek to find out all the types of compensation due to you and the best way to go about obtaining it.

Many people settle for the first offer made to them by insurers when personal injury and workers compensation lawyers in Sydney and elsewhere can provide invaluable advice that, in some cases, can help you realise a compensation payment many times more than what you would otherwise have received.

For example, are you aware that you may be entitled to the following types of compensation?

  • Pain and suffering. You can be compensated for any pain and suffering caused by the injury. This is separate to amounts awarded for medical costs and earnings loss.
  • Lump sum compensation. In some cases, you may be able to claim a significant lump sum compensation for pain and suffering, in addition to weekly payments for medical costs and other compensation payments.
  • Earnings loss. If you’ve had to take time off work because of your injury, you should be adequately compensated for your likely rehabilitation and recovery time. Calculating how much you’re entitled to for earnings loss can be a complicated procedure and your lawyer can assist you with this process. Superannuation entitlement losses can also be claimed.
  • Medical costs. Costs for treatment, rehabilitation, medication, and medical treatment associated travel are all compensable.
  • Domestic assistance. If you’ve required domestic assistance (for more than six months and more than six hours per week over that period) as a result of your injuries, you’re entitled to be compensated for the assistance.

Getting Advice

Getting professional advice from a personal injuries or compensation lawyer is the best starting point for rebuilding your life after injury. Your lawyer can assist you with understanding how to present your case in the best way and lay out an appropriate course of action to obtaining your rightful compensation.