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Updated: Oct 11, 2022


If your loved one has suffered a serious injury as a result of a catastrophic accident in Queensland, as you are sure to understand - the need for financial support is paramount. Navigating these avenues for financial compensation, can be an incredibly arduous task.

If you are in a situation such as this, you should seek qualified legal representation and assistance from a Personal Injury Lawyer as soon as you are able. They can provide assurance that you are obtaining the correct amount of financial compensation for the situation at hand, and guide through all necessary dealings and proceedings.

First, how do we define ‘catastrophic Injury’?

Injuries of this nature can arise from a number of incidents, with the most common being mental abilities- requiring persistent care and appropriate finance to support the costly demands of rehabilitation, medical treatment and necessary means to live with the catastrophic injury.

Injuries of this nature can arise from a number of incidents, with the most common being:

  • motor vehicle accidents;

  • workplace incidents; and

  • medical negligence;

in which circumstances were near-fatal, or ‘catastrophic.’

As a result of these serious and harrowing events, the injured person may sustain a catastrophic injury. Queensland recognises certain injuries as catastrophic, including:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries;

  • Permanent spinal cord injuries;

  • Severe burns;

  • Permanent blindness;

  • Traumatic or serious amputation; among others.

The National Injury Insurance Scheme (“the Scheme”)

Generally, Personal Injury compensation matters are brought when an injury is sustained through the fault of another. However, the National Injury Insurance Scheme in Queensland allows the parties of a serious motor vehicle accident who have sustained a catastrophic injury ongoing support – regardless of who was at fault.

This means those who are catastrophically injured – inclusive of the ‘at fault’ party – will be able to receive lifetime support for care, equipment and assistance where necessary.

If you or a loved one require support in compensation matters following a motor vehicle incident, please seek advice from a professional and Accredited Specialist Personal Injury Lawyer.

Time Limitations under “the Scheme”

You may know that there are time constraints involved when bringing forth a claim. To fall in line with the National Injury Insurance Scheme in Queensland, an application must be brought within one year of the incident.

More Ways Than One

Injured parties where fault can be pointed - will have a choice when deciding the damages they wish to claim as they could be eligible for further avenues of compensation outside of the National Injury Insurance Scheme. Further, there may be options to receive a lump sum.

These matters are complex, and the information discussed here is of informative nature only. All concerns should be thoroughly discussed with the care of a Personal Injury Lawyer.

If you or a loved one has suffered catastrophic injuries following an accident, please seek the compassionate care and support from a Personal Injury Lawyer for thorough advice and representation. Our team will be able to assist you.

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