If you want to know what’s happening in anyone’s life, you don’t need to call or text them. All you need to do is go to one of their social media profile pages, and you will get all the information you need. Yes, everyone’s life has become a lot more public than it used to be. More than 70 percent of people who have access to the internet frequently use popular social networking sites.

Many people enjoy sharing their daily lives on social media, from their happiness, life experiences, anger, sorrow and more. This can come in different shapes and forms, including writing, videos and photos. It can be encouraging to see friends and family happy when going through a blue phase yourself.

At the other extreme of the spectrum, some people even post pictures of painful accidents, or share specific details of their injuries.

Doing this could have consequences, especially when you are in the middle of a personal injury claim. In such situations, it’s best to avoid publicity during such situations.

How could social media affect your accident claim?
A personal injury claim is a means to obtain financial support from an insurance provider when you have suffered a physical injury or are going through an emotional trauma. Physical injuries could include broken hands and legs, constant pain, head and brain injuries, heart attacks and much more. Individuals make this claim for the following reasons:

  1. To cover their physical injurie’s treatment expenses such as hospital costs.
  2. As compensation for the emotional trauma they are going through during this challenging time.

The claimant should also claim for disability insurance to take advantage of compensation. To claim for a personal injury, the claimant should consult a medical expert to serve as the witness. The witnesses can help provide proof that the claimant’s pain is legitimate.

Frequently Asked Questions

A: The legal definition of a personal injury is general physical and/or psychological damage to a person which is the fault of another party. This can be, for instance, the driver of another vehicle, another person, owner of a public area, or an employer. A physical injury usually involves an injury of a psychological nature or it can be one or the other. Specialist doctors are required to identify the nature of injury to round out a personal injury claim.

A: A personal injury lawyer will represent you if you’ve been injured in an incident or accident that was not your fault. Lawyers such as the specialists at PK Simpson Sydney work in personal injury and compensation law, encompassing deliberate acts and negligence, to claim compensation for you. Apart from all the legal work, lawyers also help you to recover faster by making sure you get the treatment and resources needed. PK Simpson pays for all medical reports needed to maximise your claim and get the best evidence.

A: If you’ve suffered serious bodily, psychological or reputational injuries it’s crucial that you contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. There are special skills and training and a thorough knowledge of the law required to file a personal injury lawsuit and there are time frames in which you need to lodge your claim. Especially for traffic accidents and medical negligence claims in NSW, you will need an experienced team to handle and build your claim. So the advice is to take action as soon as you are able.

A: At PK Simpson in Sydney we act on a no win, no fee basis and an estimate of the costs will be discussed and clearly explained to you during the preliminary stages of your claim. At the end of your claim, we charge only for the work we’ve done, so if your claim is finalised faster than expected, we charge fees only up to that point. Also, we pay for all medical reports upfront.

Unlike most law firms, we don’t charge a strict percentage which would have you paying a set figure even if the claim settles in two weeks. Costs can be affected by the type of accident, your insurer, liability and other considerations.

A: The length of time you have to make your claim depends on the jurisdiction.

For instance:

  • TPD claims – these may be commenced up to 10 years after you’ve stopped work. TPD claims are very technical and you may have more than one TPD claim.
  • Car accident claims – A personal injury claim form should be filled in and sent to your CTP insurer as early as possible, but must be no later than six months from the date of your accident. HOWEVER, out of time claims may be made. New NSW CTP laws have made it difficult for injured people and many law firms still do not understand how to run new claims under these laws – so call us at PK Simpson Sydney as soon as possible.
  • Workers compensation claims – You should contact a lawyer within six months of the accident. But remember, out of time claims can be handled by PK Simpson Sydney. We can help you get the treatment required to build your claim.
  • Slip ‘n’ fall/occupiers liability claims – Your claim must be lodged usually within three years of the date of your accident.

Medical Negligence – within three years of the date of when the cause of action was discoverable to our client OR 12 years from the time of the act or omission which caused the injury through negligence.

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