Injured in a Motor Vehicle Accident – What Are My Rights?

If you have been injured in a motor accident you may be able to make a claim for compensation under the Motor Accident Insurance Act 1994 (Qld) (the MAIA). However, this will only be the case if you are able to prove that you were not solely at fault in causing the accident.

I was hurt in a motor vehicle accident - can I claim compensation?

It doesn’t matter if the person responsible for the accident can’t afford to pay compensation as the claim is actually made against their Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurer. If they are uninsured or can’t be identified, the claim will instead be brought against the Nominal Defendant (a statutory body established under the MAIA to ensure injured parties in these circumstances can still claim compensation).

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What can I claim compensation for?

There are a number of “losses” that you may be able to claim compensation for. These include:

  • pain and suffering;
  • loss of amenities of life, i.e. the impact your injuries have on your quality of life;
  • loss of past and future wages or business profits;
  • medical expenses;
  • cost of care; and
  • out of pocket expenses.

How can I make a compensation claim?

Some CTP insurers may provide limited cover for at-fault parties in the event of serious injury or death – this will depend on the terms of your policy.

The amount of compensation that can be awarded is governed by the Civil Liability Act 2003 (Qld). Ideally, you will agree compensation with the CTP insurer or Nominal Defendant. If you’re not able to do so, you’ll have to go to court and have a judge decide how much you’re entitled to.

If the accident occurred while you were travelling to or from work, or in the course of your employment, you may also be entitled to a workers’ compensation claim under the Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (Qld).

Strict time limits apply - seek legal advice ASAP - In most circumstances, the time limit to start a compensation claim is 3 years from the date of incident. Some processes need to be started much sooner. Seek expert legal advice ASAP. Call us on 1800 266 801 or start a live chat.

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Last update on:
July 10, 2020
Disclaimer: This information is designed for general information in relation to Queensland compensation law. It does not constitute legal advice. We strongly recommend you seek legal advice in regards to your specific situation. For expert advice call 1800 266 801 or chat via live chat to arrange free initial advice with our Principal lawyer, Greg Smith.