Legal Services - Personal Injury

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Contact: Timothy Finemore

We have been protecting interests and fighting for entitlements for over 40 years.

It is important you know your rights and entitlements to compensation after suffering personal injury in an accident.

When pursuing a claim for compensation or an action to recover damages for pain and suffering or loss of income, strict time limits often apply. It is crucial that you receive expert advice from our lawyers to ensure that your entitlements are protected.

At Richmond and Bennison we can offer you friendly expert assistance in the following personal injury areas: 

Workplace Accidents

Your entitlements to WorkCover benefits include payment of:

  • Weekly compensation;
  • Medical and like expenses; and
  • Lump sum impairment benefits.

In the event you have suffered a "serious injury" that has been caused by the fault or negligence of another person, you will also have an entitlement to pursue a claim to recover damages for pain and suffering, loss of income and earning capacity.

Quite often during an injured person's claim, the employers' claims agent will make a decision that will adversely affect a person's entitlement to weekly payments, medical expenses or an impairment lump sum. Our lawyers will assist you in processing your claim through the Conciliation Service or to the Medical Panel.

For more information please see our fact sheet titled Workplace Accident Claims - A Guide to Your Entitl or please contact one of our lawyers below.

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Transport Accidents

If you have been injured in a transport accident your entitlements to compensation include:

  • Payment to you for loss of income;
  • Medical and like expenses; and
  • Lump sum impairment benefits.

If your injury is "serious" and the transport accident was caused by the fault of another person, you will have the entitlement to claim damages for pain and suffering, loss of income and earning capacity.

For more information please see our fact sheet titled Victorian Transport Accident Claims-A Guide to You or please contact one of our lawyers below.

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Slips and trips and other accidents

Sometimes, people are injured when taking part in activities of daily living such as shopping, going to the cinema or restaurant or partaking in sporting or recreational activities.

You can also be injured in the playground, school yard, or when attacked by an animal that was not properly supervised.

If your injury is assessed as being "significant" and was caused by the fault of another person, you may be entitled to pursue an action for pain and suffering. Once again, strict procedures and time limits apply.

For more information please see our fact sheet titled 'Other Accidents - a guide to your entitlements' or please contact one of our lawyers below.

For more information please see our fact sheet titled Other Accidents - A Guide to Your Entitlements or please contact one of our lawyers below.

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Medical Negligence

Medical negligence occurs when the treatment provided to you falls below the standard of care that is considered appropriate.

The types of events that may constitute medical negligence include:

  • Misdiagnosis of your condition;
  • Delay in diagnosis of your condition;
  • Failure to refer you for appropriate treatment;
  • Providing incorrect medication; and
  • Failure to warn you of the risks associated with the proposed treatment or procedure.

For more information please see our fact sheet titled Negligence by Doctors and other Health Professiona or please contact one of our lawyers below.

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Superannuation claims

Most workers are members of a Superannuation Fund. Since 1992 Workplace superannuation has been compulsory. At present employers are required to contribute 9.5% of wages into a superannuation fund.

The most common forms of insured benefits payable under a superannuation policy include:

  • Death benefits;
  • Total and Permanent Disablement benefits; and
  • Temporary disablement benefit or salary continuance benefit.

For more information please see our fact sheet titled Superannuation and Insurance Claims - A Guide to D or please contact one of our lawyers below.

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Asbestos Claims and Asbestos Related Diseases

If you have been exposed to asbestos and developed an asbestos related disease you may be entitled to claim compensation.

There are a number of asbestos related diseases. Among them are:

  • Mesothelioma;
  • Lung cancer; and
  • Asbestosis.
How to Launch Asbestos Claims?

It is important to contact an asbestos lawyer. Asbestos claims are relatively new in the legal system not only in Australia but also around the world.

Your asbestos lawyer must have solid experience in asbestos claims and litigation. The lawyer must also have expertise in personal injury law.

Richmond & Bennison Lawyers have the requisite expertise in asbestos claims and litigation and over 37 years of experience in personal injury law. Our legal experts will help you with your asbestos claim.

Who Can Launch Asbestos Claims?

Generally anyone who has developed asbestos related disease through asbestos exposure can make a claim. However, a mere exposure to asbestos (without medical certification) does not give rise to a claim.

You may still be entitled to bring an asbestos claim even if you have left the employment which caused your illness.

Exposure to asbestos or other products that cause disease may entitle you to sue for damages.

For more information please contact one of our lawyers below.

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Contact

Timothy Finemore
Managing Partner
Accredited Specialist in Commercial Litigation
Phone: (03) 9670 0488
Email: tfinemore@richbenn.com.au