Motor Vehicle Accidents

Have you been injured on the road? We can help you claim the compensation you need to get back on track.

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They supported me, in every possible way, when no one else did

I have no words to express the gratitude I feel towards the entire Monaco Team for the support and professional help they have given me in regards to my matter. Kelly, Jo, Megg and everyone involved in my case have always gone beyond their formal responsibilities to push me through very hard times and finally achieve a positive outcome. Besides their extremely professional services, they supported me, in every possible way, when no one else did. I felt encouraged to make difficult decisions and break my fears along the way.

I am thankful from bottom of my heart. I can truly recommend them, not only as lawyers but as people.

Laura Solano

Made my claim so easy and effortless

I would sincerely like to thank Daniella, Sally, and anyone else I’ve left out from the bottom of my heart for getting my claim over the line in 6 months or so.

The staff made my claim so easy and effortless and I highly recommend them to anyone who needs assistance in making a claim. Leave it to the experts, you will save yourself a lot of heartache. Wayne

Die Hardeagle

We had a very good result!

Madelaine Mons had an bike accident in 2016 in Sydney. We, my husband and I, looked for contact with Monaco Solicitors. We are coming from Europe, so it was difficult and different right.

But Vanessa Mouawad Azzi and June Leota gave us a very good service and very good advice. They were always on time and they keep an appointment. For us the language was difficult but they helped us perfectly. The case is closed now, we had a very good result!

roos van schagen

Greater than expected settlement

Little did I know as the last of 8 missionary passengers to escape from our HiAce van totalled and overturned in the Great Victoria Desert on 3 April  2015 that I would receive a check for $57,823 from Monaco Trust on 3 December 2019.

Upon arriving home after the mission to Blackstone, WA, injured physically and psychologically, my Tweed Heads, NSW doctor and physical therapist both recommended I get a lawyer.

The five injured passengers decided it would be best to have Monaco Solicitors.  I was impressed with the legal team Monaco Solicitors by their:

Instructions on how I could be an efficient part of the team which helped me to minimize expenses and my time.
Selection of a barrister (Mr. Michael Taneveske) that effectively argued my case.
Greater than expected settlement.

My wife and I are most appreciative of the barrister Michael Taneveske and solicitor Vanessa Mouawad and their staff whose skill and diligence enabled these funds to be dropped from above.

We are volunteer missionaries providing biblical resources to continue revival throughout all of Australia’s Aboriginal communities.  The entire $57,823 will be prudently distributed to non-profit organisations dedicated to the advancement of our world’s Aboriginal people whom we were in the act of serving when we were interrupted by and then provided for through this accident.

Rev. Frederick Schaeffer

ACTS, Tweed Heads, NSW     6/12/19

ACTS Fred Schaeffer

They helped me when I needed it the most

They helped me when I needed it the most. Monaco are very informative and genuinely care about the outcome of your matter. Navigating the CTP, ICP and TPD system can be very overwhelming. They reduce this where every they can. Monaco explain things in a way you would understand instead of the lingo insurance and other companies like to use. Monaco Solicitors are amazing! So to any of you who are needing legal support/representation, know you will be in safe hands if you choose Monaco Solicitors!

Daniella Fraser

They are the best in the industry

I would recommend Monaco Solicitors to anyone looking for an outstanding compensation law firm. They are the best in the industry – experts in what they do and empathetic towards their clients, making them feel heard and supported.

Can’t thank Monaco enough for their help, I can now have my life back on track.

Anna Davis

I can not speak highly enough of Monaco Solicitors

I have been communicating with Kelly and her team regarding my father’s claim. This is a very professional team that surely has impressed me. Fully equipped with expertise, the team is able to give professional advice on all my questions.

The team members are very friendly and patient, with an eye for every detail. At one stage, I had some confusion on several issues, and Megan, one of the solicitors from the team, generously spent time with me and explained everything one by one. I can not speak highly enough of Monaco Solicitors and would definitely recommend them to anyone in need of legal services.

Panny Tan

They were also very kind and caring towards me at a time when I really needed it

I was grateful to have come across Monaco when I did. I worked with Kelly Keane & Jo Gardiner who were both brilliant and very responsive to my many queries and questions. They were also very kind and caring towards me at a time when I really needed it. Kelly is very experienced and I benefited from her expertise. She was open and honest with me about the process,  never sugar-coated anything and the expectations she set turned out to be incredibly accurate.

I am thankful to have this process over with and will forever be grateful to have had a great team with me through it.

Jen L

Took the stress out of the legal proceedings for me

Hi firstly a big thank you to Daniella and her team Sally, Emily and behind-the-scene members at Monaco.

It was a difficult time for myself to go from a good steady income to brining home nothing for my wife and son.

The team at Monaco took the stress out of the legal proceedings for me, listened, guided and helped me through this long process through a difficult time.

It was a great result. The team kept me up-to-date in where they were up to even through holiday and COVID periods.

I would definitely say to anyone out there needing legal help give them a call. Stress and hassle free, easy to get along with, speak on my level and not judgemental.

Thanks again Daniela and Monaco.

Wally Elford

I felt that I was important, my thoughts and fears were addressed with calm, expert explanations

Monaco Solicitors have been great with my case. Megg Ross and Daniella Dababneh and their respective teams have been very professional and supportive during the whole process. They communicated with me during every step of the way with regular updates on the progress of my claim. They are the experts who get the job done and get the required outcome.

I felt that I was important, my thoughts and fears were addressed with calm, expert explanations at every step of the process. Could not recommend them highly enough for your legal requirements.

Mike Allen

Special thanks to Daniella who was able to manage a very complex and sensitive case

Outstanding professionalism and will stick by your side the entire journey. Excellent communication throughout the entire process and able to answer questions promptly.

Special thanks to Daniella who was able to manage a very complex and sensitive case and was able to facilitate a positive outcome. Monaco Solicitors highly recommended !!!!

Travis Lloyd

There was never a time i couldn't talk with them

I would like to thank Monaco Solicitors for making it possible for me to make a claim and successfully getting my entitlements. Something I would never have attempted on my own.

There was never a time I couldn’t talk with them and find out any progress and it was explained in a way I could understand what was going on. I found the crew to be very professional, approachable and patient.

1965doug1

The costs involved were so reasonable and I felt I had been given a bargain

Monaco Solicitors have managed to change my life completely. They have taken all stress off me resolving my legal matter with a very positive outcome.

They have kept me closely updated on progress all the way through and returned my calls with an hour if I had questions or concerns. They also took the time to reassure  me when I felt concerned or worried.

The lady handling my case I was so comfortable with you would feel like a friend and I don’t believe that a better job could have been achieved. I would without hesitation recommend that anyone needing their services to go ahead without hesitation and the costs involved were so reasonable and I felt I had been given a bargain and very happy to pay. Thank you

Joy Kerr
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Common Questions

Do I have a road accident claim?

All people injured by motor vehicles are covered by the Compulsory Third Party ('CTP') insurance scheme.

Claims that can be made under the CTP scheme cover a number of accident types, including if you are:

  • A driver or passenger injured in an accident
  • A pedestrian or cyclist injured by a vehicle
  • A motorcyclist injured by a vehicle
  • A driver or passenger injured in a public transport accident
  • If your child is injured in a road or transport accident
  • If you witness a death as a result of a motor vehicle accident
  • If you are a worker injured in a road or public transport accident while travelling for work or commuting to work.

This is not a complete list, so if you are not sure if your accident is included, contact us for a free consultation to find out. Remember, strict time limits apply to this sort of claim so it’s important to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible.

What can I claim compensation for and how much will I get?

Under the statutory scheme, as long as you are not completely at fault, you can claim for:

  • Loss of earnings
  • Medical expenses
  • Ambulance bills
  • Travel expenses to and from medical appointments
  • Rehabilitation expenses
  • Re-training and assistance with returning to work
  • Household help
  • Personal care
  • Childcare
  • Counselling (including family counselling)
  • Cost of home and vehicle modifications
  • Gardening /home maintenance help

If the other party who caused your accident was at fault, then you can claim additional compensation for the following losses:

  • Damages for personal injury, otherwise called non-economic loss;
  • Loss of past and future income.
  • Loss of superannuation entitlements.
  • Future medical needs.
  • Future care and assistance required as a result of your injuries.

I was injured in a road accident, what should I do?

The more details that are reported and documented at the time of a road accident, the easier it is for a lawyer to assist you. We suggest you do the following:

  • At the scene, if possible
    • Report the incident to the police
    • Obtain details of any witnesses
    • Take photographs if you can
  • After the accident
    • Ask your family doctor to provide you with a medical certificate listing all injuries, no matter how minor they seem.
    • Report the accident to the police (if you didn’t do this at the time of the accident). If the accident occurred on public transport, report it to the public transport company.
    • If claiming on behalf of your child, talk to them or monitor their behaviour if they are too little to talk and take note of any new behaviours. Ask any carers to do the same.
    • Get legal advice on what compensation you or your child are entitled to (including medical expenses, loss of wages, and lump sum accident compensation).

You don’t want to lose your right to claim compensation, so it is important to seek prompt legal advice sooner rather than later.

Will I have to go to court?

Courts throughout Australia now have a compulsory process that requires the parties to meet and negotiate in good faith before the case is set down for a court hearing. As a result, most cases settle out of court – in fact about 95% do. Having said this, we will not hesitate to take the case to court if and when required.

I need financial support while my claim is being prepared, can you help?

If you can prove that you are suffering financial hardship as a result of the accident, we can apply for an interim payment for you, so you get some an upfront payment before your claim is fully finalised.

Over the last 20+ years, we have helped thousands of our clients to apply for these payments. The applications need to be carefully prepared and usually involve a detailed statement by the claimant and documents which demonstrate financial hardship.

The amount depends on the depth of financial hardship and the seriousness of the injury. While a typical interim payment would be between $20,000 to $40,000, we have also been successful in getting interim relief of up to $100,000.

Additional claims – Disability & Superannuation?

You might not be aware, but your superannuation fund and insurance policies have many benefits that kick in to support you and your family if you can’t work because of an injury.  These benefits are all in addition to your hard-earnt super.

Payments under these policies will usually come as a lump sum and are provided in addition to any other claims that you have.

Read more about making a Superannuation, TPD, or Income Support claim or contact us and one of our lawyers will talk you through.

Do I need a lawyer for a road accident claim?

Insurers are typically not very generous to claimants who represent themselves.

We also find that claimants are often put under pressure to accept the very first offer made by the insurance company. So, it is always worthwhile to obtain legal advice before settling a case on your own. Once the documents are signed and the payment is made, there is no going back – you cannot reopen the case.

Unfortunately, over the years, we have been consulted by quite a few people who signed away their rights in exchange for a modest payment and only later decided to seek legal advice.

What are the reasons why you would benefit from legal advice and representation? Here are a few examples:

  • A lawyer can assess your claim and provide meaningful advice regarding its value.
  • A lawyer can prepare your case in such a way that the final compensation payout is maximised.
  • A lawyer can consider medical and other information provided by the insurer and deal with it in an appropriate way.
  • A lawyer can advise you on the right strategy to progress your claim, especially in the circumstances where an insurance company is playing games and not offering you a fair and reasonable settlement for your case.

Why should I trust you with my road accident claim?

Awarded “Compensation Law Firm of the Year” (Global Law Experts, 2020) and Personal Injury Compensation Law Firm of the Year (ACQ5 Global Awards, 2020), we specialise in Road Accidents.

  • In 2019 alone, we earnt our road accident clients over $48 million.
  • 20 years+ in the industry, means we know how to fast track your claim and get your money to you and your family as soon as possible.
  • We’re one of Australia’s largest compensation firms, so you can trust we have the financial muscle to go the distance against the limitless resources of the large insurance companies.
  • We assume full responsibility for your case, so you are supported through the entire process, and you will get all the compensation you need to get your life back on track.
  • Our reputation for being tough, experienced and well-prepared means that the insurance companies know to take your claim seriously and pay you proper entitlements.
  • With us, you’ll have your own lawyer the whole way through, guiding and supporting you through the process, so you can take a step back and concentrate on your health.

It’s a tough time for you, full of financial and emotional challenges. With us, you can trust that one of the best law firms in Australia has your back.

Don’t just take our word for it, check out our google reviews or watch what some of our clients say about us.

98% Success Rate

We win the overwhelming majority of our cases. This doesn’t just happen. It’s hard, diligent work that gets these results. We leave nothing to chance in preparing your claim; the result is you get maximum compensation that the law permits.

Why choose our team of Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers?

Recognised as one of Australia’s best Motor Accident legal teams, for over 20 years we have helped thousands of people all over Australia make successful claims.

The rules in this area aren’t straight forward. You’d think that if you are injured in an accident, you would be automatically entitled to compensation. However, there is a complexity to the Motor Vehicle Claims. And it’s important your lawyer understands all the technical hoops, so you don’t miss out on the compensation you deserve.

When you put our experience and skill in your corner, your chances of success get much, much greater.

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Award-Winning Lawyers

We have been recognised as leaders in road accident claims. In 2020, we were awarded “Compensation Law Firm of the Year in Australia” by Global Law Experts.

Road Accident Claim Specialists

We have an expert team that deals exclusively with road accident claims, led by Law Society Accredited Specialists. No matter how complex your claim, we have the expertise to handle it successfully.

Our Unique Perspective

Many of our team worked for insurers before joining us, so we know how to cut through the strategies and tactics insurance companies might use to decline your claim.

4.9 Star Rating on Google

Don’t just take our word for it – look at independent Google reviews from our clients. Monaco has the highest Google rating within the industry.

34 Offices Australia Wide

With offices all over Australia, we can help you wherever you are. And if you are too sick to travel, we can organise video conferencing, or come to you in person.

We Maximise Your Payout

Know that all of our lawyers make it their business to get you maximum entitlements. Insurers will try, but we won’t let you settle for less than we know your claim is worth.

Millions won for our clients

Here are some examples of our firm’s recent wins

$1 million

Ryan wins a $1 million payout without going to court

Knocked off his motorcycle by a car, 26-year-old boilermaker, Ryan suffered fractures. While Ryan was in hospital, he developed a severe infection and had to undergo several painful surgeries to his foot. He had to remain immobile while he healed post-surgery – this obviously impacted on Ryan’s ability to earn a living.

Ryan was experiencing financial hardship when he came to us. Our first priority was to secure some immediate financial help for him. Since Ryan was injured on his way to work, we immediately applied for Workers Compensation benefits on his behalf. Within three weeks Ryan was receiving workers compensation benefits which included wages and a reimbursement of his medical expenses. While his workers compensation benefits eased Ryan’s immediate money issues, we knew they could not secure his financial future. It was only through his motor accident claim that a significant lump sum could be recovered to compensate Ryan for his past and future losses.

To prepare Ryan’s claim, we obtained medical reports from experts in many different medical fields including orthopedic and plastic surgeons, an occupational therapist, a podiatrist, a psychologist and a psychiatrist. We then used their assessments in Ryan’s claim by documenting the extent of his injuries and losses. We invited the insurance company and its lawyers to meet with us. We were pleased with the result, which secured Ryan a sum of $1 million without the need for a court hearing and within 18 months from the start of the case.

$900,000

Anastasia turns to us when she loses confidence in her first lawyer

At just 28 years old, Anastasia had to undergo long surgery after suffering a serious neck and lower back injury when a vehicle collided with her car. The surgery left Anastasia with permanent scarring and insecurities that resulted in an ongoing and persistent psychological disorder. Anastasia could no longer work due to her injuries and chronic symptoms.

Anastasia came to us after she lost confidence in her first lawyer. Her claim had stalled and he wasn’t communicating with in a professional or clear manner. Our first task was to get the insurer to pay for our client’s surgery. We then applied for an interim payment to alleviate her financial distress. These results were achieved within the first two months of us taking over her file. We began preparing Anastasia’s claim by obtaining detailed medical reports from her treating doctors and independent medical experts. The claim was then listed for mediation which resulted in a settlement of $900,000. Anastasia was thrilled with the quick and successful result.

$820,000

Vera’s claim is resolved for $820,000 within 12 months

It was supposed to be a day of celebration. Vera was heading in to work to receive a promotion. Instead, her commute resulted in a devastating motorcycle accident. Vera sustained fractures to her pelvis and wrists and a large laceration to her groin. After the accident, Vera suffered ongoing psychological problems which interfered with her capacity to work – and she lost her promotion.

Vera’s injuries were complex and resulted in a significant loss of physical and emotional function. The situation had to be carefully researched and documented if she was to receive adequate compensation. We obtained numerous reports from Vera’s treating health specialists, as well as evidence from independent medical consultants. In all, thirteen medical assessments were obtained in this way and we were able to thoroughly document our client’s medical condition and her losses.

Vera’s matter was heard by the court and she was awarded $820,000. She was delighted with both the process and outcome.

$750,000

How Angela received additional $300,000 in compensation for pain and suffering

Angela was on her way to work when she was involved in a serious car accident. She suffered multiple injuries and ongoing pain that affected her ability to return to work. When Angela did eventually return to her job, she’d missed out on a major promotion, and, due to her chronic pain, could only work short days and, ultimately earn less. Her earning capacity was now severely restricted.

The insurance company accepted fault on behalf of their insured driver but resisted all efforts to negotiate the claim. They would not agree that Angela was entitled to compensation for pain and suffering. For Angela to claim this we had to establish before an independent Medical Tribunal that her injuries were so severe that they exceeded a particular threshold (10% whole person impairment). This was not easy to do.

Firstly, we arranged for our client to be assessed by two independent medical specialists in the fields of orthopaedics and neurology. We then filed an application with the Medical Tribunal enclosing our medical reports and submissions. The insurance company continued to resist but the Medical Tribunal found in our client’s favour. The insurer then appealed the tribunal’s decision. We were undeterred responded quickly by consulting with our medical experts again who prepared a detailed response to the insurer’s appeal. In the end tribunal dismissed the appeal. The result – our client was able to recover additional $300,000 to compensate her for pain and suffering caused by the accident. Altogether Angela’s claim was settled for the sum of $750,000.

$350,000

Sally’s joyride at sea results in an unexpected injury but who is to blame

What began as a fun adventure on the water, ended with significant injuries for Sally who required urgent surgical intervention. While she made a good recovery after surgery, Sally was left with ongoing issues that affected her ability to continue domestic tasks around the home.

Our main challenge in this case was proving that the speedboat operator’s negligence caused Sally’s injuries. First, we interviewed and obtained statements from several witnesses. We then consulted with an expert in marine safety who outlined the boat driver’s duties. These included the need to provide adequate safety instructions and drive the boat at a safe speed.

We then began legal proceedings and issued a subpoena to the speed boat operator. When he refused to supply the requested information, our lawyers applied to compel him to provide his records to the court. Once the records were produced to the court, we consulted once again with the marine safety expert and obtained a report which set out the many ways in which the speed boat operator had failed in his duty of care to our client. When the expert’s report was served on the opposing party, they quickly realised that they could not defend the case. The result – within six months of starting the case in court, we obtained a settlement for our client in the sum of $350,000.

$450,000

Jasper didn’t have a light on his bicycle, but still won his compensation claim

A routine journey on his bicycle resulted in Jasper being knocked off by a car leading to a fractured jaw and finger. After the accident, Jasper couldn’t work for seven and a half months. Even when he was able to return to work, he couldn’t do his regular overtime hours and his job was compromised.

The insurer initially claimed that Jasper contributed to the negligence because the accident occurred at night and he didn’t have a bicycle light. We looked at recent court decisions which applied to this case and were able to successfully argue that Jasper was not at fault. As a result, the insurance company accepted that the other driver was completely responsible for the accident. This resulted in a 40% increase in the size of our client’s claim and he was able to recover $450,000.

$660,000

Two claims pursued but for different reasons…

This wasn’t the first time Steve was riding home from work for lunch. But on this unfortunate occasion, a car lost control and collided with his right side. Steve underwent several surgeries which left him with significant functional restrictions. He also suffered psychological damage that included difficulty concentrating and mood swings and, as a result, Steve lost his job.

Our first concern was to obtain some immediate financial relief for our client. Since the accident happened when Steve was riding home from work for lunch, he could apply for workers compensation benefits, which we did on his behalf. Soon, Steve was receiving his compensation benefits and the insurer was meeting his immediate financial and medical needs. This was a good result, but we knew that these benefits could not secure Steve’s financial future. His long term future could only be secured by way of a separate motor accident claim, which we started to prepare.

As a result of the accident, Steve had significant mobility issues. We consulted with and obtained a report from a residential architect who provided details of home renovation plans to accommodate Steve’s disabilities.

We arranged for Steve to be assessed by independent medical experts that included, an orthopedic surgeon, plastic surgeon, rehabilitation physician, occupational therapist, neuropsychologist, psychiatrist and psychologist. A residential architect was also engaged to provide estimates on home renovation costs. This case eventually went to court and Steve was awarded a sum of $660,000 despite the fact that he made a reasonably good recovery following the accident.

$665,000

The chain is only as strong as its weakest link...

At just 31 years old, Valerie suffered severe injuries when she was violently t-boned at a round-about driving home from work. She required two neck surgeries which left her with significant scarring and a chronic psychological disorder. At the time of the accident, Valerie had been working as a machine operator for a multinational company. After the accident, she couldn’t work due to debilitating pain. Valerie was soon terminated from her position. She reached out to us soon after.

Our lawyers saw that the key to a successful outcome was to prove that Valerie had suffered a significant limitation in her work capacity and that her future employment opportunities were compromised. The insurer maintained that she could retrain and find other work with a similar earning potential. We organised for Valerie to be assessed by leading medical specialists in orthopedic surgery and psychiatry. We also obtained detailed evidence from her treating medical practitioners. The insurance company eventually accepted our argument that Valerie’s future earning capacity was indeed compromised, which resulted in a settlement of $665,000.

What to expect
Your Motor Vehicle Accident Claim Process

  1. You get in contact If you are involved in a car, motorbike, or public transport accident, you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible – remember, strict time limits apply. During your free consultation with one of our lawyers you tell us what happened, and a lawyer will advise you if you have a claim. They’ll also let you know what other claims you can make.
  2. We take the reins

    Once you have understood all your options and want to proceed, we assume responsibility for all the detail. So that’s everything from getting and explaining the police reports relating to your accident, to contacting the relevant insurance companies, getting the names, registration numbers and insurance details of the vehicles involved.

    At this point, we will apply for any interim financial support you need to get you through while your claim is being processed.

  3. We start getting the evidence together

    That’s medical evidence, witness statements and any other evidence that may be relevant to your claim. It can include documents from accountants, actuaries, accident reconstruction experts, occupational therapists and other experts.

    With the medical evidence, we sometimes need to wait for your injury to stabilise, so that the insurer can be presented with the full extent of the damage to you.

  4. You attend medical examinations We’ll organise for you to see independent medical practitioners who can provide objective reports on all your injuries. This is all part of the gathering evidence to prepare the strongest case we can for you. Again, we organise everything, including an interpreter if you need.
  5. We prepare a full summary of the claim and submit it to the insurer Once all relevant evidence has been received, we prepare a claim (this includes submissions, particulars, calculations, analysis of medical reports and witness statements and the like).
  6. We'll attend an informal settlement conference together Once we have all the medical and other evidence we need, we advise you on the value of all your compensation entitlements and then arrange to meet with the insurer (or insurers) to negotiate a settlement of your claim.
  7. Settlement – you receive your compensation If the case resolves at the informal settlement conference, you'll receive compensation and your case will end. If the case doesn't resolve at this stage, there are further steps we can take to get you the compensation you're entitled to.

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