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The Best Personal Injury Lawyers In Canberra

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Personal Injury Lawyer

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.

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 19 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.

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.”

Who did you pick?

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback on the best and worst Canberra Personal Injury Lawyers.

If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Please comment below detailing your experience with Canberra based Personal Injury Lawyers? Who would you recommend? Who would you use again? Who would you steer clear of?


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tianadp 5:20 pm 03 Sep 16

My partner had Sangita from Ken Kush & Associates and was happy. She gave a full breakdown of costs which always helps.

marker 4:50 pm 24 Oct 14

Any person involved in Car accident will automatically get involved in a legal case. Whether he is the accused or a victim of an accident, hiring a car accident lawyer in Toronto will give a fair chance to fight the case. A car accident lawyer can present the case in the best possible way to help his client.

Sandman 12:48 pm 09 Nov 11

I’ll put in another thumbs up for Craig Edwards at Maliganis Edwards and Johnson. I was involved in a motorcycle accident and went to see Craig a month later. I signed up for the no-win no-fee policy and 18 months later the matter was settled out of court and I received a tidy sum that covered all my injuries, time off work, incidentals and loss of quality of life.
Someone earlier made a snide remark about suing everybody. That’s not what this is. You’re making an insurance claim against CTP, those 3 wonderful letters that make up around 75% of all vehicle registration costs. NRMA run it as a business so they’ll try to bargain your payout down. It’s not like a home and contents claim where you tell them the model of your laptop/PS3 and they give you the RRP value to replace them. You want to have a representative that knows the system, know’s how they’ll try to bargain you down, knows the complications and extra costs involved. Someone like Craig Edwards knows these things. He’ll think of expenses you wouldn’t have even considered, like your wife taking a half day off work to drive you to a specialist. That was her time to use, not time she had set aside in case of the negligence of a total stranger.
When you look at the final cut the Lawyer takes you’ll think “Jeez that’s a lot”. Don’t forget that without them you probably would have gotten maybe 10% of what you did along with the stress of dealing with the insurance company directly.

astrojax 8:53 pm 04 Nov 11

i’d give colqhoun murphy in braddon a call – they were recommended to me by the cycling lobby group after my ‘incident’ and they’ve been fab – if you’re in the right (and being rear ended sounds like you will be) then they’ll have nrma meet their costs and ensure you receive a good settlement. much more than if you let nrma guide you and ‘fix you up’…

earthrepair 8:13 pm 04 Nov 11

Email me I can maybe suggest persons/strategy.
earthrepair@gmail.com

AcidRose 5:33 pm 04 Nov 11

LSWCHP said :

My bingle was a long time ago, but Craig Edwards at Maliganis Edwards Johnson looked after me pretty well. They are specialist personal injury lawyers and seem to know their stuff.

It still took something like 3 years to get the whole matter resolved, but I think that’s pretty standard.

I agree with the above mentioned…Or John Little of the same firm…Excellent lawyers..excellent results..Good Luck!

Genie 10:30 am 28 Oct 11

legal_chick86 said :

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.

Gee is seems strange that your lawyers havent moved the claim forward to Hearing yet!?

My injuries still haven’t 100% settled down and NRMA are basically not wanting to pay me anything and don’t want to pay ANY legal costs. so their current offer barely covers my legal bill.
I think I have a hearing date sometime mid 2013. (earliest date possible). I trust that my lawyer and barrister know what they are doing. Right now I’m just waiting for more specialist appointments then depending on the outcome from that – hopefully my case will be transferred from one court to the other so I can get a hearing date within a matter of weeks.

legal_chick86 9:32 am 28 Oct 11

DUB said :

Skidd Marx said :

Don’t be fooled by the “no win, no fee” catchcry. This applies only if the matter makes it to court. If not, you will be billed for every second you were consulted. Don’t be suprised if they neglect to make this clear from the outset.

I may be wrong, but even if there is “NO WIN”-you will still be charged for paper, envelopes and few phone
calls?

Well you cant expect firms to pay all their own costs – how would they keep the business running? The best way for you to tell a good solicitor from the bad is that if they dont think you will succeed in a claim, they wont take your matter on and they will refer you elsewhere. Sometimes they will also ask you to pay for your own fees along the way, so if you cant afford it, it is a sign not to go ahead. Have faith that not all lawyers are out to take people’s money and they actually are here to help!

legal_chick86 9:29 am 28 Oct 11

Skidd Marx said :

Don’t be fooled by the “no win, no fee” catchcry. This applies only if the matter makes it to court. If not, you will be billed for every second you were consulted. Don’t be suprised if they neglect to make this clear from the outset.

Majority of claims that settle (whether they go to Court or not), legal costs are paid by the Insuer!

legal_chick86 9:27 am 28 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.

Gee is seems strange that your lawyers havent moved the claim forward to Hearing yet!?

legal_chick86 9:24 am 28 Oct 11

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.

Inccorect. If you are not the car at fault, it is the far at fault’s insurer that you go through to claim for a personal injury claim. If it is pure property damage, that is when you call your own insurer. Most beneficial way to handle this and to get a modest payout is to take on some legal advice.

legal_chick86 9:21 am 28 Oct 11

Baker Deane & Nutt in Canberra (62301999) are a fantastic firm! You jsut call them up, spend maybe 10 minutes on the phone to 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.

AlanHB 12:10 pm 27 Oct 11

In relation to “no win, no fee”, the main difference between those firms and others is if the claim fails, the SOLICITOR’S FEE is waived. So you’re still left with all disbursements, such as payments for specialist reports, barrister’s fees (if needed) and so on. Additionally some firms will calculate their end fee through a flat percentage of your eventual pay-out. For example the Blumer’s old website (changed in the last couple of months) used to specify that they would take “up to 35%” of your eventual claim. It can be a hefty amount eventually. However the Blumers site is quite clear on what “no win, no fee” involves” – check it out http://www.blumers.com.au/no-win-no-fee-solicitor/

I was personally involved in a motor vehicle accident a number of years ago. I had Grant Keneally of Porters Lawyers represent me. Ended up very well, and happy with the eventual pay out and how much their firm received (it was nowhere near 35%).

Brianna 7:50 pm 26 Oct 11

Thena Kyprianou at Pamela Coward and Associates. Brilliant. Make an appointment, take your receipts, police job number and anything else you have and just let Thena run with it. She is fantastic.

LSWCHP 7:18 pm 26 Oct 11

My bingle was a long time ago, but Craig Edwards at Maliganis Edwards Johnson looked after me pretty well. They are specialist personal injury lawyers and seem to know their stuff.

It still took something like 3 years to get the whole matter resolved, but I think that’s pretty standard.

Sirhaggard 5:09 pm 26 Oct 11

tidalik said :

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.

Hear hear,

I was on my way home from school and run down on a pedestrian crossing by a taxi driver 10 years ago. I was young and naive, the damage didn’t appear to be too bad (nice way of saying stupid) and didn’t get a license plate number or make a claim.

I go through quite a bit of pain and had to quit playing soccer (my main passion) due to the accident.

Chop71 3:08 pm 26 Oct 11

gospeedygo said :

Better call Saul!

Saul Goodman is your man

Nifty 2:56 pm 26 Oct 11

I think you are doing the right thing by focusing on getting the medical and physio treatment you need. A friend of mine made the mistake of delaying starting her treatment (after listening to a lawyer) and ended up dying as a result of complications with heavy duty pain relief drugs.

Are you aware that your CTP insurer (if you are ACT-registered this will be NRMA) has to pay for your medical treatment in the first 6 months after your accident, up to $5,000 worth, on a no-fault basis? However, you do need to notify the insurer, report the accident to the Police and get your doctor to submit a medical report within 28 days of the accident, so don’t delay!

You don’t need a lawyer to do this – I suggest googling “ACT CTP” and downloading the forms you need from the ACT Treasury website.

DUB 12:56 pm 26 Oct 11

Skidd Marx said :

Don’t be fooled by the “no win, no fee” catchcry. This applies only if the matter makes it to court. If not, you will be billed for every second you were consulted. Don’t be suprised if they neglect to make this clear from the outset.

I may be wrong, but even if there is “NO WIN”-you will still be charged for paper, envelopes and few phone
calls?

Skidd Marx 12:39 pm 26 Oct 11

Don’t be fooled by the “no win, no fee” catchcry. This applies only if the matter makes it to court. If not, you will be billed for every second you were consulted. Don’t be suprised if they neglect to make this clear from the outset.

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