If you have suffered an accident as a cyclist, whether on the roads or on the footpath, you may have a claim for compensation even if the accident was your fault.
Shine Lawyers have expert injury lawyers across the country that have acted for many people who have suffered due to a cycling-related accident. Our lawyers provide legal services on a No Win No Fee guarantee, which means you won’t have to pay our legal fees unless we win your case at the end.
Do I have a cycling accident claim?
If you have suffered an accident as a cyclist, there may be legal options available to you under Queensland and WA law. The extent of your rights and ability to make a claim depends on a number of factors, including the seriousness of your injuries and the effect it will have on your life.
If you have suffered serious injuries due to a cycling crash, it’s important you seek expert legal help as soon as possible, so that your rights are protected and that your ability to claim is not lost due to a missed time limit.
What is the cycling accident claims process in Queensland and WA?
If you have suffered a cycling accident and decide to pursue a claim for compensation, the process can be hard to wrap your head around at first. Every case is different, but the below image can help to give you an indication of how the process generally works and how you can access compensation after your cycling accident.
What can I claim cycling accident compensation for in Queensland or WA?
Depending on the circumstances of your cycling accident, you may be able to claim compensation for:
- Medical and hospital expenses
- Loss of earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Help you have needed at home (paid or unpaid)
A lawyer will be able to let you know what you might be able to claim for once they know the facts of your situation. In most cases a monetary value is placed on the gap between your life path before the cycling injury, and your life path since.
Watch the video below for more information on the legal process and how you can bring a claim for compensation:
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Common questions about Cycling accident claims in Queensland and WA
The short answer is yes. Under Queensland and WA law strict time limits apply that can restrict your ability to bring forward a claim should you leave it too long.
Generally, this time limit is three years from the date the accident occurs, however exceptions can be made and it is always best practice to seek legal help much sooner than this so that lawyers are given the best opportunity to build the strongest case possible.
Shine Lawyers provide all cycling accident legal services on a No Win No Fee basis, which means you won’t have to pay our legal costs unless we win your claim at the end. As part of our service offering, the first chat we have is obligation free, which means you can get a good idea of your legal rights and entitlements up front and before any action is pursued.
The legal costs themselves depend on the complexities of your case, but a lawyer will be able to give you a good idea once they know a bit more about your situation.
How much you can receive in compensation following a cycling accident really depends on the extent of your injuries and the impact they have and will have on your life. Every case is different so it’s hard to give an indication of how much you can receive without knowing the facts of your situation.
Typically compensation can vary depending on:
- Your age
- How bad your injuries are
- How much you have, or will lose in wages
- How much care you will need
- How much you have paid out of your own pocket
In most cases it’s the insurance company of the person at fault that will pay you the compensation rather than the individual themselves.
The person responsible usually doesn’t have to pay anything out of their own pocket – it’s all done through their insurance company.
How long it takes to get you the compensation you need depends on a range of factors, including how long it takes for your injuries to stabilise, and how complex the case is. Most claims take around 12 to 18 months to complete, it just depends on the facts of your case.
When you first speak to a lawyer and they learn about what happened, they will be able to give you a good indication of how long the claim may take.
It is possible to legally represent yourself when making a compensation claim. Doing so successfully will likely require a thorough understanding of the law, your legal rights and entitlements, and a commitment to actively pursue the case to move it forward.
Most people making cycling accident compensation legal claims choose not to act for themselves and instead engage an expert compensation lawyer. The best compensation lawyers can provide the knowledge and experience required to help guide a case to a successful outcome.
Shine Lawyers have offices in the following locations in Queensland and WA. As part of our service offering, home or hospital appointments can be arranged at your convenience.
- Gold Coast
- Hervey Bay
- North Lakes
- Stones Corner
- Sunshine Coast
Shine Lawyers are expert cycling accident lawyers that can help you get the compensation you need under Queensland and WA law.
The below links contain further information regarding your legal options in Queensland and WA.
Shine Lawyers also have accredited specialists in personal injury law in Queensland: