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Traumatic brain injuries often occur as a result of a severe sports injury, fall or car accident.  Traumatic brain injury (T.B.I.) is also known as an inter-cranial injury, which occurs when an external source injures the brain.

T.B.I. can result in physical, cognitive, social, emotional and behavioural symptoms and the outcome from such an injury can range from a complete recovery to permanent disability.

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Traumatic brain injuries can have a devastating impact

Treating traumatic brain injuries is difficult and may involve surgery, medications, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and counselling. Traumatic brain injuries can have a devastating impact on lifestyle and prevent a person’s ability to work.

Since car accidents are a major cause of brain injury, it is important to understand your rights to compensation following such an injury.

If you sustain an injury in a car accident, you are entitled to claim brain injury compensation under the Motor Accidents Compensation Act in NSW. This Act allows for an injured person to receive upfront payment of medical expenses and subsequently a claim can be made for pain and suffering, future medical treatment, past and future loss of income and care and assistance required because of the injury.

Since 1 October 2007, the Lifetime Care & Support Scheme was introduced in NSW to assist people who have sustained traumatic brain injury because of car accidents. The Lifetime Care & Support Scheme pays for all medical treatment, care and assistance needed following such an injury.

What Sort Of Injuries Are Classified As Brain injuries?

A Traumatic Brain Injury (T.B.I) is a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a blow, bump or jolt to the head, the head suddenly and violently hitting an object or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. Observing one of the following clinical signs constitutes alteration in the normal brain function:

  • Loss of or decreased consciousness
  • Loss of memory for events before or after the event (amnesia)
  • Focal neurological deficits such as muscle weakness, loss of vision, change in speech
  • Alteration in mental state such as disorientation, slow thinking or difficulty concentrating

Symptoms of a T.B.I can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of damage to the brain. Mild cases may result in a brief change in mental state or consciousness. Severe cases may result in extended periods of unconsciousness, coma, or even death.

Who Will Pay My Brain Injury Compensation If I Take Legal Action?

The party responsible for the negligence which resulted in the brain injury will pay the compensation, most people or businesses are usually insured, and it will be the insurance company paying for the compensation.

What Can I Claim Brain Injury Compensation For?

Depending on how serious the injury, and whether the injury was sustained at work, in a motor vehicle accident or in a public place, your claim for compensation may include; loss of income, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, medical expenses and the costs of care and assistance.

How Long Will A Brain Injury Claim Take?

There is no set or average time you can expect a brain injury claim to take. These claims are usually complicated due to both legal factors and medical matters.

It is important to seek out legal advice as soon as possible after a brain injury because there are time limits when applying for compensation.

Due to the nature of brain injuries, it is important to understand the full extent of the injury, if and when it will stabilise.  Your legal team then need to calculate the current and future impact of the injury to understand the full value of the case.

Are There Time Limits When It Comes To Making A Brain Injury Claim?

If you are making a claim for workers compensation, it is necessary to lodge the claim within six (6) months of the date that the injury occurred. In the case of death, within six months after the date of death.

In the case of motor vehicle accident injuries, a claim must be made within 28 days after the accident occurred.

If it is a personal injury matter, the claim can be made within 3 years of the date the negligence occurred.

If you or a loved one has sustained a traumatic brain injury, please do not hesitate to contact us as follows for help with compensation:

  1. Complete our FREE case assessment form HERE
  2. Email us at info@garlingandco.com.au
  3. Give us a call on (02) 8329 9500

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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
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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
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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
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01:32 29 Nov 23
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23:21 14 Nov 23
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