Dear {tag_recipientfirstname},

We hope our Guide has assisted you in making an informed decision about the best lawyer to represent you in your claim.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us as follows;

  1. Call us on (02) 8518 1120 to make a free no obligation appointment or;
  2. Complete our Free Case Assessment Form (hyperlinked).

If you are not yet ready to contact a lawyer then we have outlined some helpful tips on what you should be doing in the early stages of any claim for compensation;

  1. Make sure all your injuries, symptoms and complaints are regularly being recorded by your GP in his or her notes. This is the first place the insurance company will look to confirm what injuries you have arising out of any accident.
  2. Make sure you are complying with any time limits to proceed with a claim. For example for work injuries you must notify your employer of the injury within 48 hours and make a claim on the insurer within 6 months of an injury. With motor vehicle accidents you must complete a personal injury claim form within 6 months from the date of an injury. Failure to do so could mean you are unable to claim.
  3. Don’t talk to or give a written statement to an insurance investigator until you have received advice from a lawyer who specialises in personal injury claims. Anything you say to an insurance investigator can be used against you later.
  4. Keep all your invoices/recepts for any medical treatment or other expenses incurred due to the injury. You generally can only claim back from the insurer expenses for which you have a receipt.
  5. Get names, telephone numbers and addresses of any witnesses to your injury if you think there will be some dispute about what happened.
  6. Take photos, if applicable, of the general area or thing that caused your injury. For example if you tripped on an uneven step take photos of both the step and the immediate surrounds, be sure to include in the photo a ruler or some other object so height and size can be determined.
  7. Also make a note if the accident may have been caught on CCTV cameras and if so ask the owner of the CCTV to keep a copy as CCTV is often deleted within 24 hours.
  8. Report your injury to your employer, police or occupier of premises (depending on who is responsible) as soon as you can after your injury so there is a written record of the incident. Complete a report of injury or if no such document exists write a letter outlined in simple terms what has occurred so a written record is available.
  9. As soon as you are ready contact a lawyer, who is a specialist in personal injury law, just to discuss the claim and get an initial view of the likelihood of success and what other things you should be doing to ensure your claim is successful.

When you are ready please contact us to arrange a Free no obligation appointment.

Yours sincerely,
Matthew Garling
Garling & Co
Level 16, 130 Pitt Street,
Sydney NSW 2001
GPO Box 2585
info@garlingandco.com.au


About Garling & Co Lawyers

Adventure or the promise of untold wealth!

What drove Frederick Garling to sail to the colony of NSW with his wife and 5 children in 1814 will never be known however what is known is that he became a founding father of the legal industry of NSW.

Frederick Garling was born in London in 1775 and became a solicitor in the Court of Kings Bench until selected to go Sydney to help establish the legal framework for the new colony. He became the first crown solicitor in Australia in 1815.

He became Judge Advocate of the Colony in 1816 and held many important posts as well as building a successful private legal practice. He was recommended for the post of Attorney General of Tasmania but narrowly missed out on the appointment instead becoming a founding member of both the Bank of NSW and the Australian Racing Club.

The Garling name has remained in the law for now close to 200 years. Since then, the Garling family has had a long tradition in the law, more recently Anthony Garling was appointed a Judge of the District Court of NSW, Peter Garling was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court.

The firm was founded by Matthew Garling, direct descendant of Frederick Garling on a vision to provide outstanding service to our client’s and improving on the inefficiencies and costs associated with current law firm practice.


About Matthew Garling

Matthew Garling is an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law approved by the Law Society of New South Wales. Matthew is also a member of Australian Lawyers Alliance a group of lawyers dedicated to fighting injustice from big business and insurers.

Matthew specialises in compensation law and has acted for thousands of injured people in work accidents, motor vehicle accidents and negligence cases over the last 20 years.

Matthew’s expertise extends beyond the law, completing a degree in Business Management before completing a Diploma in Law. His commercial experience early in his career was key in his development and gave him a solid grounding, across management, finance and marketing. These skills have been crucial in Matthew’s development in both business and law. Matthew is able navigate complex deals and negotiate the best possible financial outcome on behalf of his clients. Subsequently, most of Matthew’s clients are referred by colleagues in the legal profession and doctors, who trust Matthew with the cases of their family and friends. These professionals recognise Matthew as one of the best personal injury lawyers in Sydney – if not the best!