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The Best Personal Injury Lawyers In Canberra

By Emily Morris - 15 August 2017 37

Personal Injury Lawyer

This has been updated for August 2017

Personal injury law is complex because each and every situation is unique. What’s more, there are often strict time frames in which you are able to make a valid claim.

When it comes to workers’ compensation, motor vehicle accidents, medical negligence, and other personal injuries, finding a skilled personal injury lawyer as quickly as possible is essential. Otherwise, you could miss your opportunity to receive compensation.

If you don’t already have a reliable lawyer, our list of the top 3 personal injury lawyers in Canberra will help.

If you have had any experience with personal injury lawyers in the Canberra region, share it in the comments section at the end of this article.

What Traits Do the Best Personal Injury Lawyers Have?

There are good lawyers, and then there are awful lawyers.  Unfortunately, bad lawyers can waste both your time, and your money.

Here are the top five traits your personal injury lawyer should have:

  • Specialist knowledge. Because there are often strict deadlines involved with matters of personal injury, you need a lawyer that knows exactly what they are doing. There is no room for error.
  • Understanding. Taking legal action over matters of personal injury can sometimes be an emotionally straining and frustrating process, especially if you are suffering. Your lawyer should be compassionate and understanding.
  • Honesty. If there is no possibility of a successful claim, your lawyer should tell you. You do not want to be strung along for weeks or months on end.
  • Reasonably priced. Personal injury lawyers should have a transparent fee structure and should provide you with a cost breakdown after the claim has been made. Be wary of ‘no win, no fee’ guarantees.
  • Clear communicators. The best lawyers are excellent communicators and are able to explain to you the complexities and nuances of your claim in easy-to-understand language.

The Top 3 Personal Injury Lawyers in Canberra According to You

Need a lawyer to help you navigate the complex process of making a claim or taking legal action in matters of personal injury? Here are the top 3 personal injury lawyers in the Canberra region according to our commenters.

Remember, if you’ve had any experience with a personal injury lawyer, leave it in the comments below.

Baker Deane & Nutt

No firm in the Canberra region has been operating as long as Baker Deane & Nutt. Established over 150 years ago, the qualified and experienced team have helped hundreds of Canberra residents makes claims on a whole host of personal injury matters.

With an unsurpassed understanding of deadlines and limitations, Baker Deane & Nutt can help you lodge your claim as soon as possible. They recommend contacting their team directly after you are injured, and to make things easier, offer a free first-time consultation.

One of our commenters, legal_chick86, had a fantastic experience with Baker Deane & Nutt’s simple process. She wrote, “Baker Deane & Nutt in Canberra (62301999) are a fantastic firm! You just call them up, spend maybe 10 minutes on the phone with them and then they will arrange a time for a consultation with you where you will be given all forms to complete. They will do as much or as little as you would like with your claim.”

Bradley Allen Love Lawyers

Based in central Canberra, Bradley Allen Love – abbreviated to BAL Lawyers – have an exceptional reputation for helping clients deal with the aftermath of personal injury.

Their areas of expertise include public liability claims, car accidents, medical negligence, dust diseases, workers’ compensation, insurance litigation, and more. They strive to inform clients of their rights, and work through legal matters with both integrity and transparency.

BAL Lawyers believe in innovation. They think outside the box to achieve their clients’ desired outcomes. The team works both efficiently and thoroughly – there is no cutting corners and no wasting time.

Pappas, J. – Attorney

Pappas, J. – Attorney is a reliable firm in Canberra with expertise in personal injury. If you have been injured and someone else is at fault, Pappas, J. can help you take hold of the compensation you deserve.

Pappas, J. – Attorney understands that monetary compensation does not make your injury go away. It can, however, cover medical bills, make up for lost income, and compensate you for your suffering. Their compassion and thoughtfulness make the process of taking legal action just a little bit easier.

What’s more, Pappas, J. – Attorney offers a free initial consultation for personal injury matters.

One of our commenters, littlemissscifi, had this to say: “I used Papas J on London Circuit. The attorney was Nigel Gabbedy. Incredibly professional. I was very impressed by their service and commitment.”

Your Experience with a Personal Injury Lawyer in Canberra

Have you successfully received compensation or won a claim on matters of personal injury? Which firm did you use?

Share your experience in the comments section down below.

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37 Responses to
The Best Personal Injury Lawyers In Canberra
orangegirl 11:19 am 26 Oct 11

tidalik said :

As for lawyers, don’t go with anyone who tells you not to seek treatment (in order to get a bigger payout). These types do exist, despite the denials of the law society.

Name one.

qbngeek 10:48 am 26 Oct 11

Genie said :

If your accident was a few weeks ago. You may no longer be able to make a claim. Pretty sure ACT law states you have to seek legal advice within 10 business days. Call any no win, no fee firm to confirm.

Just be prepared to endure years of legal visits, doctors visits etc. 3.5 years after my accident I’m still suffering with injuries and no closer to settling than I was day dot.

I recommend doing it now, if the other driver was ACT registered, call NRMA and they will email you the claim forms. Get those in while you find a solicitor. Having a solicitor will make no difference to starting your claim.

I was hit head-on by someone who fell asleep and I suffered from internal bleeding and neck injuries, but I did everything under medicare an never put in a claim until about 5 months later because the neck pain wouldn’t go away. It took months to get them to accept the claim because I had waited so long.

Genie 10:36 am 26 Oct 11

If your accident was a few weeks ago. You may no longer be able to make a claim. Pretty sure ACT law states you have to seek legal advice within 10 business days. Call any no win, no fee firm to confirm.

Just be prepared to endure years of legal visits, doctors visits etc. 3.5 years after my accident I’m still suffering with injuries and no closer to settling than I was day dot.

tidalik 8:27 am 26 Oct 11

Please see a lawyer before you send off any forms!

The CTP scheme in the ACT is so much more complicated than other states and it’s best you let a good lawyer negotiate a settlement with the insurance companies – unless you want to die an early death from a stress-related heart attack. Your friend is right; you have no way of knowing how long you will feel the effects of your injuries.

As for lawyers, don’t go with anyone who tells you not to seek treatment (in order to get a bigger payout). These types do exist, despite the denials of the law society. I’ve said it before: give Bruce Howes in O’Connor a visit. He’s a very competent, honest solicitor who’s been working in the ACT for years.

Siren 7:13 am 26 Oct 11

You need to lodge forms ASAP, if haven’t already. If the other driver was ACT, the NRMA site says:

“If your accident happened within the last 28 days, just submit a Motor Accident Notification form and a Motor Accident Medical Report to us and we can get started on your recovery.”
http://www.nrma.com.au/car-insurance/third-party-act/index.shtml

Make sure you start the paperwork while shopping for solicitors – Maurice Blackman or Porters have solid reputations.

Henry82 3:51 am 26 Oct 11

screaming banshee said :

If in doubt sue?

I’m sure in 10 years time, the insurance companies will be happy to deal with your reoccurring injuries. :/

littlemissscifi 12:08 am 26 Oct 11

I had the exact same situation a few years ago and I used Papas J on London Circuit. The attorney was Nigel Gabbedy. Incredibly professional. I was very impressed by their service and committment.

GYW 11:07 pm 25 Oct 11

r1 said :

Ring a reputable firm and have your police incident number handy . They will investigate and if you are not at fault , and are injured you will be sueing the other drivers third party insurer and basically cannot lose.

If this accident badly affects your employment , health etc you will be looking at six figures and trust me you do not want to be negotiating with these insurance companies by yourself

This seems to be sensible advice, r1. It is in your best interests to see someone as soon as possible, lexyliz. Keep all your receipts for medical treatments too, and take them with you when you go. Many firms will also give you the first appointment free so you can assess whether you want to go ahead.

screaming banshee said :

If in doubt sue?

Happy to be corrected but I would have though that being the driver of the vehicle that was rear-ended that would make you the second party, and therefore you should be discussing the matter of medical costs with your insurer. It would then be up to them to pursue the other driver for costs.

My understanding is that your insurance company will concentrate on recovering any costs they incur from the other driver’s insurance company but they won’t care about your injuries. Similarly, if you negotiate with the other driver’s insurance company, they may well offer you far less than you may be entitled to.

Good luck and I hope you’re feeling better soon.

screaming banshee 9:25 pm 25 Oct 11

If in doubt sue?

Happy to be corrected but I would have though that being the driver of the vehicle that was rear-ended that would make you the second party, and therefore you should be discussing the matter of medical costs with your insurer. It would then be up to them to pursue the other driver for costs.

mareva 8:46 pm 25 Oct 11

Maurice Blackburn in Canberra were excellent in my experience.

farnarkler 8:41 pm 25 Oct 11

You could go to ACAT (new name for body which includes old small claims court) and file a civil dispute application. They even have a specific application form for claiming damages and the most it costs to lodge with ACAT is $434 if you’re claiming over $10k.

r1 8:40 pm 25 Oct 11

Ring a reputable firm and have your police incident number handy . They will investigate and if you are not at fault , and are injured you will be sueing the other drivers third party insurer and basically cannot lose.

If this accident badly affects your employment , health etc you will be looking at six figures and trust me you do not want to be negotiating with these insurance companies by yourself

ExFeds 8:05 pm 25 Oct 11

Just have the VAS ready cause no win no fee means you end up with very little.

BearBuns 7:57 pm 25 Oct 11

Blumers Lawyers.

gospeedygo 7:25 pm 25 Oct 11

Better call Saul!

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