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What happens after I complete a MVA claim form?

This information is for accidents before 1 December 2017.

If your accident occurred before 1 December 2017, you will receive a letter from the CTP insurance company telling you that your claim has been received.

You will also receive a claim number that you must use when you contact the insurer about your claim. You should also give the claim number to your medical practitioners.

What happens after your claim has been received?

After your claim has been lodged and you’re given a claim number, the insurer will then investigate the claim.

As part of this investigation they will normally obtain a copy of the police accident report. You may also be required to speak to an investigator about your claim. If you are asked to speak to an investigator you should contact your Lawyer first to assist you in providing a statement to an investigator. Do not speak to an investigator without first consulting with your lawyer.

The insurer will then determine whether or not they will accept that the driver of the vehicle which you say caused the accident was at fault. The insurer must advise you in writing within 3 months of receiving the claim whether or not they will accept that their driver was at fault.

The letter advising you of the insurer’s decision is called a Section 81 Notice.

If the insurer accepts fault…

If fault is accepted the insurer will pay your reasonable and necessary medical, hospital, rehabilitation and travel expenses. The insurer will consider what medical treatment is reasonable and necessary and will pay your medical practitioners accordingly.

The maximum amount that an insurer has to pay for particular treatment is set out in the AMA list of medical services and fees. If your doctor charges over and above that set fee you may be responsible to cover the difference in cost.

To pay the medical practitioners, the insurer will require a copy of all accounts and/or receipts. You should ensure that you keep a copy of all of the original accounts and forward them to the insurer to request payment or reimbursement of expenses you have payed.

If the insurer denies fault…

If the insurer does not accept that their driver was at fault they will notify you in the Section 81 Notice. You should immediately contact your Lawyer to assist you in determining whether or not the insurer was correct in declining your claim.

The insurer will not pay for any medical treatment.

You will not need to refund any treatment paid for prior to this decision.

If the insurer makes no decision within 3 months…

On occasions the insurer will not make a decision within 3 months from the date of the accident. If this occurs the insurer will usually continue to pay your medical expenses up until the time that the insurer does make a determination in relation to liability.

The failure to decide your claim is however taken to be a denial of liability and you should again consult your lawyer if this occurs.

What is early rehabilitation?

If your claim is accepted by the insurer then they will engage in early rehabilitation to assist you with treatment after the motor vehicle accident. Rehabilitation aims to return the injured person to a level of function and quality of life comparable to their pre injury level. To do this they usually appoint a rehabilitation provider. A rehabilitation provider is a company appointed by the CTP insurer to provide rehabilitation services which include Occupational Therapist, Rehabilitation Counsellors, Psychologist and Exercise Psychologists.

The rehabilitation provider’s role is to assist you to develop a plan and goals to assist in your recovery and return to work.

The rehabilitation provider will assist the insurer in determining what treatment is reasonable and necessary.

What other benefits are paid by the insurer?

The only benefit that is paid upfront by the insurer are medical expenses.

Occasionally if you are seriously injured an insurer will also pay for attendant care services. Attendant care services are services that provide assistance to people with everyday tasks and activities of daily living and can include personal assistance, nursing assistance, home maintenance and domestic services.

In the majority of claims however the insurer will only pay for the cost of medical treatment as it is incurred.

Your remaining entitlements to compensation are not payable until the conclusion of the claim and are payable as once off lump sum. These include:

  1. A lump sum for pain and suffering if you have an assessment of WPI greater than 10%
  2. Past and future medical expenses
  3. Past and future Wage loss
  4. Past and future Care

This amount is determined once all evidence to prove your claim has been obtained by your lawyer.

The insurer is the approached to see if an agreement can be reached as to how much compensation you are entitled to receive as a result of the injury sustained. This is usually done by meeting with the insurer for an informal discussion known as an informal settlement conference (ISC).

If we cannot reach agreement then this we will be determine through either an Arbitration system know as CARS ( if fault has been accepted) or by a Judge in Court ( where fault is denied).

It usually takes between 1 to 3 years for the date of an injury to finally resolve a claim, sometimes longer.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Matthew Garling

Matthew Garling is an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law approved by New South Wales Law Society. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia. Matthew is also a member of...
Kimberly B.
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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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