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Serious Injury Compensation Claims

If you have been badly injured and you want to get some control back over your life, sometimes bringing a claim for compensation is the only way.

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Types of serious injury compensation claims

If you’ve suffered a: 

Or other types of serious injury at the hands of someone else, taking action can help you regain control. Making a claim for compensation can bring a wrongdoer to account and can help you recover the losses you’ve suffered. 

Our legal team will do everything we can to get you the outcome you deserve.

Superannuation and Disability Insurance

If you are unable to work due to illness or injury you might be entitled to benefits through your superannuation or other insurance policies. We recommend speaking to one of our experts for a quick, obligation-free analysis of your situation to determine your rights and ability to make a claim.

Learn more about Superannuation and Disability Insurance Claims

How Shine can help

We have helped thousands of Australians right wrong and access more than $1 billion per year in entitlements and compensation through our expert services.

95% of the cases we represent are settled without the stress of going to court.

We offer access to affordable legal advice including on a No Win, No Fee* basis and an obligation-free initial consultation so you can understand your rights and know where you stand.

*Conditions apply 

We are ready to take action to get you quick access to the help and compensation you need to right wrong. 

Common Questions

Do I have a serious injury claim?

If you’ve suffered a serious injury because of someone else’s actions, you may be able to make a claim.

Serious injuries could include:

  • A bulging disc in your spine

  • Torn tendons in your shoulder

  • Cartilage or tendon damage in your knee

  • Scarring, burns or disfigurement

  • Fractured bones or vertebrae

  • A head injury

  • A brain injury

  • A spinal cord injury

  • A serious concussion

  • A severe psychiatric disorder

  • Loss of or altered vision

  • Errors during cosmetic surgery

  • Amputation

  • Birth injury

  • Nerve injury - e.g. Cauda Equina Syndrome

  • Dental Injury

What is the serious injury claims legal process?

No two serious injury claims are the same, however the below image is a good representation of how someone who is seriously injured, moves through the compensation claims process with Shine Lawyers.

What are the requirements for a serious injury claim?

To make a successful serious injury claim, your legal team will need to prove:

  • A person or business was careless

  • You have suffered as a result of this carelessness

  • You will continue to suffer in the future

Your legal team will be able to explain what your rights are and make sure you understand exactly what you could be compensated for.

Who pays compensation

In most serious injury cases, it’s the insurance company of the person or business at fault that will pay.

Our legal team can help you understand the legal process so you can make an informed decision when considering a claim.

What can i claim for my injury?

Following a serious injury, we understand a high level of care, rehabilitation and support may be necessary to help you regain your health.

Depending on how serious your injuries are, your claim may include compensation for the following:

  • Home and yard modifications

  • The cost of special equipment including insurance and maintenance costs

  • Special vehicle or vehicle modification costs

  • Technical equipment which may assist with memory

  • Equipment to help with visual or hearing difficulties

  • Paid nursing, respite or support worker care

  • Costs for maintaining your rehabilitation e.g. hoists, gym equipment

  • Treatment for sexual dysfunction

  • Medical supplies and pharmaceutical expenses

  • Psychological and psychiatric support

  • Costs associated with managing your compensation

Compensation amounts are based on your individual needs and the recommendations made by medical professionals.

How much compensation could I claim for my injury?

All compensation claims are different. The amount you will be able to claim will depend on your injuries and the impact they’ve had on your life.

Your legal team will work with you to help you understand what you may be entitled to.

In most instances a monetary value is placed on the gap between your life path before the injury, and your life path since the injury.

How long will the compensation claim take?

Serious injury claims can be complicated due to medical and legal issues.

After an accident, it’s important that your injuries are allowed to stabilise before your legal team can accurately assess the impact they will have on your life, now and in the future.

It’s still very important that you seek independent legal advice as soon as possible after you’re injured as time limits do apply.

Our team can help get the claims process rolling, so you can be compensated and get on with your life.

What are the time limits in injury claims?

After an accident it’s important to ask for legal help as soon as you can.

This is because the law sets time limits in which you can bring a claim.

These limits can vary between Australian states and territories so we recommend you seek legal advice as soon as possible to ensure you get the best possible outcome.

How much will it cost to make a serious injury claim?

We work on a No Win No Fee* basis basis and you’ll only pay our fee if you win your case at the end of the claim.

Your legal costs will be determined by the amount of work required to resolve your claim.

*Conditions apply

Is there an injury legal expert in my area?

Where you are located isn't necessarily a barrier when it comes to obtaining the services of a lawyer. We're experts when it comes to serious injury claims and we can help you get the compensation you deserve.

It doesn't matter if you are located close or far away from a Shine Lawyers office - we will always provide the same, expert advice and manage your claim with the same level of quality and commitment.

Our compensation experts are in the following locations:


New South Wales


Western Australia

Northern Territory

Australian Capital Territory

South Australia

How can I find out more about Shine Lawyers?

Shine Lawyers are personal injury experts that can help you get the compensation you need following your serious injury. Click on the links below for further information about how Shine Lawyers can help you today.

Why you should choose Shine Lawyers to handle your serious injury claim

Hear from some of our clients

History of Shine Lawyers

The Shine Lawyers team

Shine Lawyers also have accredited specialists in personal injury law across the nation.

Why trust Shine Lawyers with my serious injury claim?

Shine Lawyers are one of the biggest personal injury litigation firms in Australia and have the experience and nous to go up against the big insurance companies and get you the result you are looking for.

At Shine Lawyers you will have your own go-to team, who are always available to chat at any time and who understand that explaining things in plain English to you is very important. We provide all of our serious injury legal services on a No Win No Fee basis, which means you won't have to pay our legal fees unless we win your claim.

Hear from some of our clients who have been through the legal process with us.

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