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Smith’s Lawyers are experts in helping thousands of Gold Coasters like you make compensation claims and get the outcomes they deserve.
We offer the Gold Coast’s only no-risk promise that protects you from having to pay any out-of-pocket fees under our No Win, No Fee, No Catch guarantee.
Smith’s Lawyers offer easy, no-obligation home or hospital visits to answer questions and explain our compensation process if this suits you.
No risks or upfront costs with our unique ‘No Win. No Risk. No Catch’ promise.
Free initial advice from one of our senior Gold Coast personal injury lawyers. Available 7 days a week. Call, live chat or request a call back to get started.
All Queensland regions serviced from our Brisbane City & Gold Coast offices including Mackay, Gladstone, Cairns and Townsville.
We offer no obligation home visits to explain the claims process. Available across SE Queensland including Brisbane, Ipswich, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba.
Our Gold Coast personal injury law firm is located at 1/18 Bay St, Southport, QLD, 4215 in Southport CBD (the cnr of Bay Street and Rawlins Street). The office is next to Office Works and within a few minutes walk of the Southport Courthouse and Australia Fair. Our Southport office is easily accessible via tram and bus services. We have a free visitor parking spot and there is paid street parking outside. Our office also has disability access and facilities.
We’ll help you to understand your legal rights with free advice on your personal injury during your initial chat with our compensation experts. By having a free initial chat with our expert personal injury lawyers, you will have a clear idea of the path ahead and what timeframes you will be looking at until your claim is finalised.
We come to you to answer any questions you might have. You can also choose to meet at our offices or do everything over the phone and email.
You’ll speak with the Gold Coast personal injury lawyer taking on your case who will gather more detailed information and then your team will get started on building your claim.
We will build your case and seek to negotiate a tax-free lump sum settlement from the at-fault party’s insurer as compensation for your personal injury. And in the unlikely event that your case is not successful, we’ll cover the costs – so you won’t pay anything to us or anyone else.
If you are an employee who is injured because of your work you have the right to make a workers’ compensation claim to cover your medical costs and lost wages. Your employer cannot force you to take paid or unpaid leave instead of lodging a workers compensation claim.
Your employer cannot fire you or threaten to fire you for making a workers compensation claim or reporting a workplace injury. Injured workers are protected from unfair dismissal and discrimination by many state and federal laws. In Queensland, your employer cannot fire you within… 12 months after you became injured, solely because you are not fit for your employment because of your workplace injury. Your employer must take reasonable steps to provide rehabilitation and suitable work duties that you are able to do. However, if your illness or incapacity is not because of a workplace injury and not the subject of a WorkCover claim then your employer may be able to let you go you if you are unable to do your job properly.
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.
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).
Yes. If you incur an injury while you are travelling to or from work you may be covered by WorkCover. This is referred to as a “journey claim”.
There is no fixed figure for personal injury compensation. It will depend on many factors, the largest of which will be the loss of past and future income. For example, the claim of a young worker whose whole career will be impacted is likely to have a larger claim than someone who is about to retire… (assuming the injury is similar). The claim can also include compensation for factors such as pain & suffering, medical costs and lost superannuation. Settlements are tax-free lump sum payments.
The injury compensation will be paid for by the insurer of the negligent party. For work injuries then this will be WorkCover Queensland or the compulsory workers compensation insurer for your employer. Road accidents are covered by the CTP insurance of the at-fault driver. Public place accidents… are covered by public liability insurance of the at-fault party/venue.
We offer a ‘No Win. No Fee. No Catch‘ promise, which means there are no upfront costs and you will never be left out of pocket. Fees are calculated on the amount of work done & will be explained before matter is opened.
Yes, strict time limits apply. Typically the limit is three years from the date of injury. However, some exceptions apply which may shorten the time limit. Securing reliable evidence to build a successful case can also be harder when it’s been a long time since the date of incident.
No. There is no risk of being left out of pocket in the unlikely event your claim is not successful. Most ‘no win, no fee’ law firms include a clause in their terms and conditions to state you may have to pay the other side’s costs if you lose your case in court. However, our ‘No Win. No Fee. No Catch’ promise means all claims with Smith’s are 100% risk-free.
Compensation covers you for damages such as pain and suffering, immediate and future medical expenses and loss of income.
If you live beyond that then it’s not a problem. We service claims for clients right across Queensland.