Traumatic brain injury (TBI) from a road accident
This type of brain damage referred to as Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI, because it results from a physical insult to the brain tissue due to a blow to the head, or through a rapid acceleration and deceleration—or rotation—of the skull, which is called whiplash.
We understand that getting injured on the road can feel extremely unfair. It’s our mission to ensure you get your full compensation payout to help you get back to being you as soon as possible.
Why Maurice Blackburn?
Making a compensation claim for brain issues can be both delicate and complex, and Maurice Blackburn Lawyers have all the knowledge and expertise to guide and support you through this process. We have a long history of fighting for the rights of people with traumatic brain injuries.
Our highly experienced road accident compensation lawyers understand every aspect of this area of law across Australia.
We offer 'no win, no fee'* arrangements for these types of cases, which means that you don't have to pay for our legal services if we don’t win. Maurice Blackburn has personal injury lawyers in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and throughout Australia.
All you need to know about Road injury claims
If you’re injured in a road or public transport accident involving a car, bus, truck, train, tram, motorcycle, scooter or bicycle, we’ll show you how to navigate your way through a road injury claim.
Frequently Asked Questions
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers is committed to being Australia’s leading road accident injury law firm. We have exceptional expertise in this area of law, a strong history of successful cases and a full suite of legal services we can draw upon to help you in any circumstance.
We also offer a comprehensive range of other legal services, so we’ll be able to give you full support, no matter your situation.
The effects of traumatic brain injury can be severe or subtle (you may not even become aware that you’ve suffered TBI until some time after the accident). It's even possible that the effects of such an injury go undetected in people who do not require hospitalisation after their accident, and who have assumed that nothing particularly bad has happened to them.
However, brain problems can spell the onset of long term disability, as sufferers contend with a diminished or altered state of consciousness and changes in their behavioural or emotional functioning.
If you are in this situation, we urge you to contact our expert road accident lawyers today—we're here to help you.
Regardless of the severity of the accident and injury, your first step will usually be to lodge a compensation claim. The process differs around Australia, and Maurice Blackburn Lawyers will be able to advise you as to this process, but generally it involves:
- making a report to the police (if you haven’t done this yet, we can do it for you)
- filling out and submitting a claim form. Depending on the State you are in, this could involve filling out and submitting a Notice of Accident Claim Form with the CTP insurer of the vehicle at fault.
- having a medical doctor provide you with a special medical certificate to include with your claim (it’s best if this is done by your regular doctor).
We can guide you through all these steps and make sure you're aware of any complexities that may arise during the process. Contact us today for more information, or for assistance with making a claim.
Brain injury compensation claims are complex legal cases. It is critical to the claims process that your injuries have stabilised before your legal team can accurately assess the impact your brain damage will have on your life now and in the future.
It’s important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible following a brain injury to ensure compliance with strict time limits in the claims process.
Yes – strict time limits apply to when you can make a compensation claim for brain damage sustained from a car accident and they are different in every Australian state and territory.
No matter where your accident occurred, we strongly advise you talk to our car accident injury compensation experts as soon as possible to make sure your claim is made in a timely manner.
Like many areas of personal injury law the compensation and benefits you are likely to receive vary greatly depending on the seriousness of your spinal injury and the law under which you're covered.
After medical, hospital and rehabilitation costs, generally you can claim compensation for:
- nursing and disability services
- loss of amenity
- loss of wages and superannuation
- travel to and from medical appointments
- home and vehicle modifications
- costs associated with retraining for your job
- legal costs associated with your claim