Success Stories

Don’t take the first offer made by an insurance company without speaking to us first!

I received the cheque in settlement today in a very interesting case for a young man from the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. We will call him Andrew (not his real name).  

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The best legal representation is just so important

I settled a case today for a woman from country New South Wales who we will call “Barbara” (not her real name). 

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Bad legal representation

If there is one thing that I have learned in my more than 30 years in the law, it is that who you choose to represent you can make a very big difference to the outcome. It just never ceases to amaze me how solicitors who should know better can cause major problems for their clients by mismanaging their cases. Recently I saw one of the worst examples of this very thing that I have seen for many years. It concerned a lady who we will call Carol, although that is not her real name. Carol suffered quite serious injuries in a motor vehicle accident on 1 March 2010.It occurred on the M4 freeway west of Sydney. Carol was driving home from work along the freeway minding her own business when a car up ahead of her spun out of control. Carol did her best to avoid an impact but there was really nothing she could do. After coming to rest she was struck from behind by another vehicle. 

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Never underestimate the true value of your claim

This is a true story of a real case involving a young man from country New South Wales. The only details that I have changed are his name to protect his identity. Otherwise all the facts and circumstances of the case are exactly as they occurred. 

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Do I really need a lawyer?

I settled a case for a lady today who reminded me that to begin with she had been very uncertain about even engaging a solicitor to represent her.Indeed she had been advised by a number of well-meaning family members not to get involved with solicitors because that would end up costing her. 

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10 times what they offered

Another recent case concerned a Castle Hill woman who was injured in a motor vehicle accident on 25 July last year. She had been dealing with the insurance company herself and was seriously considering accepting an offer they had made to her over the phone of $1,000. She looked us up on the web and sent us an email last Friday asking if there was anything we could do. I spoke to her myself and said that before she signed anything with the insurance company she should give me the chance to see whether or not I could negotiate a better result for her. She was a little reluctant at first but when I explained the insurance company would be paying all of the legal costs she said “well what have I got to lose?”  

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Not all representation is equal

We acted for a man from Penrith who had a motor vehicle at work when an unregistered and unlicensed motorcycle drove along a footpath and straight into the path of our client’s vehicle. 

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An accident right before his wedding

Recently I received a call from a man from Weston in the Hunter Valley who was riding his motor bike through a round-about when he was hit by a car that didn’t give way and that drove off without stopping. 

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Back injury

A few months ago we took a call from a lady from Mount Druitt who had been involved in a motor vehicle accident. She sustained a low back injury when a mini van collided into the back of the vehicle she was driving. She said that the insurer had offered to settle her case for $3,708 all up. She was thinking about accepting the offer but wondered if we could do any better. We said that we thought we could do better but that if we couldn’t then there would be no charge. 

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The 10% threshold

These days one of the biggest problems we face in claims arising out of motor vehicle accidents is getting the client over the 10% threshold for pain and suffering. What a lot of people don’t realise is that unless you are assessed at at least 10% whole person impairment (WPI) you are not entitled to any amount for pain and suffering; no matter what you have been through since the accident. 

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