There are strict time limits for making a whiplash claim.
Firstly, there is a 9 month time limit from the date of the accident to submit the Notice of Accident Claim Form with the compulsory third party insurer of the vehicle at fault or 1 month from your first meeting with a lawyer regarding the claim, whichever is the earlier.
If you meet with us, we will prepare and lodge your whiplash claim for you and at no obligation. We are not aware of any other firm in Queensland who provides this service.
In the event that you make a full recovery from your whiplash injuries within a few months of the accident and the whiplash claim is not economically viable to proceed with legal representation, we will not charge you anything for the professional time we have spent meeting with you, and preparing and lodging the claim.
We provide this service to our clients to immediately remove any concerns or stress about seeking legal advice early and with respect to legal costs.
We strongly recommend that you get early legal advice regarding your rights and to ensure that any and all whiplash claim forms are prepared accurately and lodged promptly and to provide a legal buffer between you and the insurer.
The sooner the insurer knows about your accident and whiplash injuries, costs and financial losses, the earlier you will receive medical treatment and rehabilitation and paid for by the insurer.
If you were injured by an unidentified or unregistered vehicle then stricter time limits apply. You have three months to lodge with the Nominal Defendant or one month from your first meeting with a lawyer , whichever is the earlier. The benefit of engaging an expert personal injury lawyer to look after you and your claim is that it immediately becomes the responsibility of your lawyer to take care of the time limits and to make sure the documents are lodged or filed on time.
Secondly, there is a three year time limit from the date of injury to commence court proceedings if you have suffered whiplash injuries from a road accident. If court proceedings are not commenced within three years of the date of accident/whiplash injury, your right to commence or pursue a compensation claim or claim for damages will be lost forever. Commencing court proceedings is only ever necessary if we have been able to resolve or settle your whiplash claim at the initial settlement conference which is called the compulsory conference. Many cases but not all claims settle at the compulsory conference. We are able to resolve some cases even before the compulsory conference.
Approximately 99% of all of the cases John and Greg have taken on over the past 45 years of combined legal practice has been able to be settled or resolved out of court or prior to trial. If you retain John or Greg from vbr Lawyers regarding your personal injury claim, the responsibility of lodging the claim on time and before the time limit expires immediately becomes our responsibility.