What to Bring Series Part 2 – Personal Injury Appointment

Following on from our post regarding what to bring to a conveyancing appointment, in this post we focus on what to bring with you if you are coming to see us because you have suffered from a personal injury.

As discussed in our earlier post ‘What is Personal Injury’ (https://www.shawbunner.com.au/blog-1/2018/5/26/what-is-personal-injury-law), Personal injury law focuses on an individual’s entitlement to compensation and/or benefits as a result of having sustained an injury, illness or death. It is a broad term that covers off on a range of circumstances in which someone could sustain an injury – be it at work, in a motor vehicle accident or an injury in a public place.

Within the general area of personal injury there are many different types of claims and benefits so what you will need to bring to your appointment may vary depending on the circumstances in which you were injury. If you do not have some of the document listed below do not be concerned it is a guide only.

We recommend that you bring the following:

Circumstances of Injury

1.     Any document which sets out the details of how you were injured including date, time, location and how the injury occurred. This may be a formal statement you provided or notes you made after the incident.

2.     Photographs of the site you were injured if you took any at the time you were injured. Please note there is no need to travel to the site to take a photograph prior to your appointment.

3.     If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident the licence plate numbers of both the vehicle you were travelling in and of the driver at fault in the accident.

4.     A copy of the police report or the police report number if the police attended.

5.     Names of any witnesses to the incident.

Details of Injury

6.     Medical certificates you have been issued by your treating doctor/s.

7.     Medical reports issued by your treating doctor/s including your general practitioner and specialist.

8.     Radiology reports if you have undergone an x-ray, CT scan, MRI etc. We only need to see the reports that accompany the scans not the actual scans.

9.     Names and address of your treating doctor/s.

Details of Claim (if lodged)

10.  A letter from the insurer which includes your claim number and sets out whether liability has been accepted or declined.

11.  If liability has been declined, the letter from the insurer telling you have liability has been declined and all attachments to that letter.

General Information

12.  Details of your employment history, this may be a resume or some hand written notes. Please note that the dates can be estimates if you are unsure exactly when you changed jobs.

13.  A statement from your superannuation fund, this will assist us to provide advice about your potential Total and Permanent Disablement Benefits.

14.  Personal Identification.

If you require any assistance with a personal injury matter, please contact our office to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our expert lawyers.