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Don't Let Accidents Derail Your Holidays

A Stress-Free Guide to Festival Period Claims

We all know that the festive break is an exciting and busy time of year. Despite the festivities and Christmas cheer, it is unfortunately quite common that people sustain injuries or have accidents on traffic heavy roads.

 

An accident at any time in the year is no doubt stressful, more so during the festive period when most of the offices of the professionals involved in such claims are closed. However, that does not mean that you should be concerned that a claim cannot be made or that you will not be supported in respect of your injuries during this busy time of year.

To help ease the stress of accidents and injuries that occur in this festive period, we provide the following helpful hints and tips:

  • If you are injured or hurt in a car accident on the roads during the festive period and are not able to contact a lawyer such as Garling and Co, rest assured that your claim can still progress.  You have twenty (28) days in which to lodge the claim against the at fault motor accident insurer.
  • Whilst you may not immediately be able to touch base with a lawyer, we recommend that you make initial enquiries via our website that provides a lot of useful information, we recommend that you leave a message for us, so that we can be in contact with you as soon as we return from the holiday break.

In the meantime, there are several things to be mindful of to assist in your claim:

  1. Ensure that you obtain all relevant details regarding your accident particularly the driver at fault, their CTP insurer, their contact details, the registration number and photographs of the accident site and damage to your vehicle and theirs.
  2. We recommend that you make a report of the incident with the NSW Police Service and obtain an event number for your records. It would be helpful if you also obtained a copy of the Police report to assist with future evidence. Please be advised that the Police report must be made within twenty-eight (28) days of the accident occurring.
  3. Go to your General Practitioner or appropriate medical practitioner in respect of treatment of your injuries and you keep copies of all reports, scans and the expenses that you incur so that reimbursement can be obtained.
  4. You review the SIRA website to download a copy of the claim form and medical certificate which needs to be prepared and completed by yourself and your medical practitioner in support of your claim and future lodgement.

Filing a claim within the first twenty-eight (28) days of having an accident, ensure compensation is backdated to the accident date.  In the event this is not possible, you have three (3) months from the date of accident to make a successful CTP claim, it just simply means that the CTP insurer will only reimburse your expenses upon making a claim against them.

Further advise and helpful information can be found by reviewing the motor vehicle accident blogs on our website particularly those related to lodging a motor vehicle accident claim are as follows:

Whilst motor accidents are common during the festive period as we all travel to and from our various family and social engagements, it also may be possible that you have sustained an injury in a private or public location or alternatively in the course of your employment.

Generally, the tips contained above regarding evidence you need for lodgement of your claim apply to all accident. However, we wish to briefly touch on the time limits that would apply for lodging a claim in other areas/circumstances where you may have sustained injury:

  • If you sustained an injury in the course of your employment, you have six (6) months from the date of accident to make a claim against the employer and/or their workers compensation insurer.
  • If you have sustained an injury on a private or public property at the fault of a third party, you have three (3) years from the date of accident in which to make a claim. However, it is important to try and give notice of the injury and accident to the proposed Defendant as early as possible. This could simply mean making a complaint to Council or the local supermarket if the injury occurred on private property.

Rest assured our office is closed for a short period of time over the festive period and any enquiries made to our office on telephone (02) 8329 9500 or via our website www.garlingandco.com.au will be attended to when we return to the office on 8 January 2024.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe travels during the festive season.

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Emma Perkins

Joining Garling and Co in 2019, Emma brings to the team a deep knowledge and understanding of Personal Injury Law. Since her admission in 2009, she has specialised in the fields of workers' compensation, victims' compensation, public liability, motor...
Kimberly B.
23:14 14 Feb 24
Mathew is very knowledgable and has been of great assistance to me. All the staff are friendly and helpful. I'm so happy I found this firm.Thank you Mathew and team for your great work in my case.... I am 100% happy with what you achieved for me.read more
Julie M.
10:16 16 Jan 24
My last stage of Workers compensation claim was managed by Emma Perkins, Natasha Stojanovic, Rebecca Dunshea and Kelli Robinson at Garling and Co. Lawyers who went the extra mile with their service... from the beginning to the end of 3 years of my case. I have become very anxious with almost everything after a workplace injury and a lot of times I probably ask more questions than I need to, but Emma Perkins always finds clear answers to my questions in a short time and explains to me patiently even using her mealtime or between her meeting and make me feel that I have been very well take care and supported. I am so grateful and extremely satisfied. The excellent service, attitude, and culture of Metthew Garling and his team are second to none with a very high success rate. If you going to battle with your workplace injury for a short or long period, you are better off with Garling and Co. lawyers who are able back you up every step of the way. I strongly recommend it to anybody who needs their service like me. Julieread more
patrick P.
01:46 19 Dec 23
I like to say that I had a very wonderful experience,And the support, and also understanding with all my requests,I could not ask for a better team!Thank you Emma and also her assistant Rebecca... thank youread more
Kazi H.
13:38 13 Dec 23
Work cover fund is GOVT’S money but insurer think that it is from their 14th generation. So only they can have it. Not only that, people from the work, IME doctor from insurer, back to work... coordinator from work, Rehab provider from any side push the worker as hard as possible that the worker (doesn’t matter how the workers mental or psychical condition) either go back to his pre injury duty or leave the job.More over on that very bumpy any difficult journey some of them only treat the worker as a MONEY MAKING MECHINE .in some point worker feels like, no rooms to breath. On that moment need someone to support legally, someone to care, someone to relive.On my case I believe that, somehow, I manage to make my God happy. That’s why God sends me to Matthew Gerling and his team Allison, Rebecca and Nathan, and all of GARLING & co Lawyers.I am not good enough in English, can’t express my gratitude.Matthew, Allison, Rebecca and Nathan, please accept my appreciation and pass it to others.read more
Carol L.
01:32 29 Nov 23
Professional, understanding and friendly
Sean G.
23:21 14 Nov 23
Matthew Garling and everyone I spoke to at Garling and Co were kind, caring and compassionate. They were sensitive to my psychological condition and were patient in explaining everything to me, so... that I clearly understood the legal process. I am exceptionally grateful for the settlement outcome that Garling and Co obtained for me. Many thanks.read more
waqas A.
08:33 13 Nov 23
Great Experience with Garling & Co. Matthew explained everything in detail during the first appointment. Allison, Nathan, Rebecca and the staff have been extremely helpful. Thank You to the team and... lawyers at Garling & Co. for making the long process easy for me and getting an excellent outcome for my compensation claim.I would highly recommend Garling & Co. Lawyersread more
Saskia L.
21:42 08 Nov 23
The world of workers compensation is long, hard and confusing, but Emma and Rebecca at Garling & Co always treated my case with kindness, respect and understanding. No question was ever silly and... they always had time to make sure I knew what would happen next and how we could best prepare. I am so thankful for their expertise and could not have chosen anyone better to represent me.read more
Antonio P.
08:46 06 Nov 23
Thank you Matthew and his team for taking care of my case couldn’t ask for a better results and couldn’t have better team to do that thank you
Julie M.
00:40 06 Nov 23
Garlic & Co Lawyers have been wonderful, supporting me through some difficult times. With their assistance, positive outcomes were achieved. Many thanks to the Team.Julie
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Kimberly B.
23:14 14 Feb 24
Mathew is very knowledgable and has been of great assistance to me. All the staff are friendly and helpful. I'm so happy I found this firm.Thank you Mathew and team for your great work in my case.... I am 100% happy with what you achieved for me.read more
Julie M.
10:16 16 Jan 24
My last stage of Workers compensation claim was managed by Emma Perkins, Natasha Stojanovic, Rebecca Dunshea and Kelli Robinson at Garling and Co. Lawyers who went the extra mile with their service... from the beginning to the end of 3 years of my case. I have become very anxious with almost everything after a workplace injury and a lot of times I probably ask more questions than I need to, but Emma Perkins always finds clear answers to my questions in a short time and explains to me patiently even using her mealtime or between her meeting and make me feel that I have been very well take care and supported. I am so grateful and extremely satisfied. The excellent service, attitude, and culture of Metthew Garling and his team are second to none with a very high success rate. If you going to battle with your workplace injury for a short or long period, you are better off with Garling and Co. lawyers who are able back you up every step of the way. I strongly recommend it to anybody who needs their service like me. Julieread more
patrick P.
01:46 19 Dec 23
I like to say that I had a very wonderful experience,And the support, and also understanding with all my requests,I could not ask for a better team!Thank you Emma and also her assistant Rebecca... thank youread more
Kazi H.
13:38 13 Dec 23
Work cover fund is GOVT’S money but insurer think that it is from their 14th generation. So only they can have it. Not only that, people from the work, IME doctor from insurer, back to work... coordinator from work, Rehab provider from any side push the worker as hard as possible that the worker (doesn’t matter how the workers mental or psychical condition) either go back to his pre injury duty or leave the job.More over on that very bumpy any difficult journey some of them only treat the worker as a MONEY MAKING MECHINE .in some point worker feels like, no rooms to breath. On that moment need someone to support legally, someone to care, someone to relive.On my case I believe that, somehow, I manage to make my God happy. That’s why God sends me to Matthew Gerling and his team Allison, Rebecca and Nathan, and all of GARLING & co Lawyers.I am not good enough in English, can’t express my gratitude.Matthew, Allison, Rebecca and Nathan, please accept my appreciation and pass it to others.read more
Carol L.
01:32 29 Nov 23
Professional, understanding and friendly
Sean G.
23:21 14 Nov 23
Matthew Garling and everyone I spoke to at Garling and Co were kind, caring and compassionate. They were sensitive to my psychological condition and were patient in explaining everything to me, so... that I clearly understood the legal process. I am exceptionally grateful for the settlement outcome that Garling and Co obtained for me. Many thanks.read more
waqas A.
08:33 13 Nov 23
Great Experience with Garling & Co. Matthew explained everything in detail during the first appointment. Allison, Nathan, Rebecca and the staff have been extremely helpful. Thank You to the team and... lawyers at Garling & Co. for making the long process easy for me and getting an excellent outcome for my compensation claim.I would highly recommend Garling & Co. Lawyersread more
Saskia L.
21:42 08 Nov 23
The world of workers compensation is long, hard and confusing, but Emma and Rebecca at Garling & Co always treated my case with kindness, respect and understanding. No question was ever silly and... they always had time to make sure I knew what would happen next and how we could best prepare. I am so thankful for their expertise and could not have chosen anyone better to represent me.read more
Antonio P.
08:46 06 Nov 23
Thank you Matthew and his team for taking care of my case couldn’t ask for a better results and couldn’t have better team to do that thank you
Julie M.
00:40 06 Nov 23
Garlic & Co Lawyers have been wonderful, supporting me through some difficult times. With their assistance, positive outcomes were achieved. Many thanks to the Team.Julie
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Law Society of NSW Specialist Accreditation
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Legal Profession Admission Board of New South Wales
The law society of nsw professional standards scheme logo.
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