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Spinal damage
from a car accident

Have you suffered spinal damage in a road accident?

Accidents on the road are a common cause of spinal injuries—particularly for motorcycle riders, who are more vulnerable to physical spinal trauma than car drivers are.

If you're unsure about your legal options based on the type of back injury you have, speak with one of our expert road accident injury lawyers to find out where you stand.

Our expert car accident injury lawyers understand the impact that spinal damage can have on and your loved ones, and they can help you get the compensation you deserve—even if the accident was your own fault.

Accidents involving vehicles are a common cause of spinal damage, so if you have sustained an SCI or other form of spinal damage from a road accident, contact us today to find out how we can help.

Why Maurice Blackburn?

Our highly experienced road accident compensation lawyers understand every aspect of this area of law across Australia. We offer 'no win, no fee'* arrangements for these types of cases, which means that you don't have to pay for our legal services if we don’t win.

Maurice Blackburn has expert personal injury lawyers in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and throughout Australia.

All you need to know about Road injury claims

If you’re injured in a road or public transport accident involving a car, bus, truck, train, tram, motorcycle, scooter or bicycle, we’ll show you how to navigate your way through a road injury claim.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a spinal cord injury?

A spinal cord injury (SCI) can significantly affect your life and the lives of those around you, making everyday activities immensely challenging. In most cases, spinal cord injuries are permanent. So, if you've received damage to your spine in a car accident, it's important to secure the compensation that you both need and deserve, to help you get your life back on track.

An SCI typically involves damage to the spinal cord that causes permanent loss of strength, sensation and function in parts of the body that are controlled by the nerves located at the site of injury. It is possible to lose functioning without severing your spinal cord; indeed, most spinal injuries are not the result of spinal cord severing—instead, the damage is caused by compression, bruising or laceration to the area.

Why choose Maurice Blackburn for my road accident spinal or back injury claim?

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers is committed to being Australia’s leading road accident injury law firm. We have exceptional expertise in this area of law, a strong history of successful cases and a full suite of legal services we can draw upon to help you in any circumstance.

We understand that getting injured on the road can feel extremely unfair. It’s our mission to ensure you get your full compensation payout to help you get back to being you as soon as possible.

Are my spinal or back injury rights the same everywhere in Australia?

No—the laws regarding road accident injury compensation differ according to the state or territory in which your car is registered, and depending on where the accident occurred. Our road accident compensation lawyers can provide you with expert advice for all states and territories, and can help you decide on the best course of action regarding where to make your claim.

We can quickly sort out which laws are relevant to you and what your rights are, so that you can submit your claim with confidence.

How do I make a claim for a spinal or back injury caused by a road accident?

Regardless of the severity of the accident and injury, your first step will usually be to lodge a compensation claim. The process differs around Australia, and Maurice Blackburn Lawyers will be able to advise you as to this process, but generally it involves:

  • making a report to the police (if you haven’t done this yet, we can do it for you)
  • filling out and submitting a claim form. Depending on the State you are in, this could involve filling out and submitting a Notice of Accident Claim Form with the CTP insurer of the vehicle at fault.
  • having a medical doctor provide you with a special medical certificate to include with your claim (it’s best if this is done by your regular doctor).

We can guide you through all these steps and make sure you're aware of any complexities that may arise during the process. Contact us today for more information, or for assistance with making a claim.

What can I claim for with my spinal or back injury road accident claim?

Like many areas of personal injury law the compensation and benefits you are likely to receive vary greatly depending on the seriousness of your spinal injury and the law under which you're covered.

After medical, hospital and rehabilitation costs, generally you can claim compensation for:

  • nursing and disability services
  • loss of amenity
  • loss of wages and superannuation
  • travel to and from medical appointments
  • home and vehicle modifications
  • costs associated with retraining for your job
  • legal costs associated with your claim.

Are there time limits for making a spinal or back injury road accident claim?

Yes – strict time limits apply to when you can make a compensation claim for spinal damage sustained from a car accident and they are different in every Australian state and territory.

No matter where your accident occurred, we strongly advise you talk to our car accident injury compensation experts as soon as possible to make sure your claim is made in a timely manner.

How long will my spinal or back injury road accident claim take?

Spinal injury compensation claims are complex legal cases. It is critical to the claims process that your injuries have stabilised before your legal team can accurately assess the impact your spinal damage will have on your life now and in the future.

It’s important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible following a spinal injury to ensure compliance with strict time limits in the claims process.

Will I have to go to court?

The possibility of having to go to court can be daunting for anyone. Fortunately, in the great majority of cases there’s no need to; many compensation claims are resolved through negotiation alone. Even if your case does need to go to court, we will keep you up to date and informed throughout the process, and will ensure that you both understand and agree with every step taken on your behalf.

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