Navigating the legal process after being injured at work, or in an accident, can be confronting, stressful and difficult. Snedden Hall & Gallop personal injury lawyer Amber Wang believes finding the right help with your personal injury claim is essential.
Amber is not only a highly experienced personal injury lawyer whose legal practice keeps her busy, but she is also in her second term as president of the ACT branch of the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA), an advocacy organisation she has been involved with for more than a decade. The ALA is dedicated to protecting and promoting justice, freedom and the rights of individuals – a fitting role for Amber’s line of work.
Amber is also a member of the ACT Law Society’s Compulsory Third Party reform working group.
At Snedden Hall & Gallop, the work she undertakes can be the role of an advocate, or in-court litigation lawyer, and she is an expert at advising clients about workers’ compensation, public liability, motor vehicle and cycling accidents, medical negligence, Comcare and Commonwealth compensation.
Amber has a special interest in assisting people who suffer from chronic pain or psychological injuries, and she says clients with non-visible injuries are often the ones who may need the most help in ensuring they are fairly compensated.
“I became a lawyer to help people,” she says. “Sometimes when I first meet with a potential client, it may be at one of the lowest or most stressful points in their life.
“You have to have a true passion for personal injury law, and you need to have really good communication skills.”
Being injured, whether in a motor vehicle accident or at work, can have a huge impact on a person’s life.
“When someone is injured, the flow-on effects can disrupt employment, finances, family and social life,” says Amber. “Finding a resolution is a very important part of moving forward.”
She recommends if people have been injured through no fault of their own, they should seek legal advice promptly so they can ensure they are aware of their rights, and know the time frames involved with commencing a claim.
“There is often no charge for an initial consultation with a personal injury lawyer, but doing so might make the difference between being able to seek compensation or not,” says Amber.
“It’s important for people to know they need to have any injuries treated, and to comply with any reporting requirements. If you want an opinion about what you may be able to do, you might want to contact a personal injury lawyer to find out what your entitlements are under the appropriate legislation.
For people who are worried about starting a personal injury claim, Amber has solid advice.
“Often people don’t think twice before lodging an insurance claim when their car has been damaged, and while personal injury claims are more complex, the human body is not as repairable or replaceable like a car,” she says. “Insurance policies are often in place to ensure people can be financially compensated when they are injured through no fault of their own.”
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