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recommendations for third party advice

By astrojax 26 April 2009 29

I’ve been quiet on this forum for the past week having been a stationary cyclist collected by a moving car last monday evening – my only foray onto the roads in a cyclepath trip home from near the gallery, so don’t go there…  

As a consequence I have a lot of blurred vision (apologies now for the typos to come), a bit of bark off on knees, hips, head and stuff, and nine fractured ribs (twelve fractures in all) – ouch.  

Just out of hospital this afternoon…anyway, not here to discuss the incident [as anyway i have no recollection and above ‘facts’ come from hospital and police advice] but rather just to see if anyone has enjoyed some good experiences with third party solicitors in the recent past they might care to recommend.  

Shan’t be up to reading replies closely for a while (reading – looking at anything – is hard with this blurred vision) but would be keen to hear of your experiences.

What’s Your opinion?


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astrojax 11:45 am 29 Apr 09

thanks bearded one! great first post and welcome advice – had also begun to think pedal power might have a good link to advice, so will be following that up, among other channels. and have noted the call to diligence in physio! ; )

BeardBoy 2:46 pm 28 Apr 09

Ditto sympathy.

I always feel it when one of the Bike Brethren (Cycle Sisterhood?), which include the petrol power varieties, cops it from a cur in a car. Particularly when it looks like their negligence. Very glad that you seem to have mates to lend a hand.

I wish you a speedy recovery, on all fronts.

re seeking legal advice- you might see if Pedal Power (www.pedalpower.org.au/contact/index.asp?IntContId=91) can recommend anyone suitable. I had a similar need in Syd-vegas (no other vehicle involved ‘tho) & found BicycleNSW linked up with a legal practice (not quite on retainer) & they were useful for a starting point, although the conversation had quite the ‘not billable hours’ tone to it. Note- The Pedal Power is not as “peak body” as Bicycle NSW & their office is open very limited hours of 12-2pm Mon, Thu & Fri.

Also, if you have damage to your limbs etc, be religious with getting & doing rehab. I was slack with mine & now don’t walk quite right. I guess cyclists get into a habit of movement in a limited range.

n00b- Well, my 1st t-RA post & hopefully it’s been constructive. Now I can get stuck in to the mel’ee on the other cycle related threads. 😉

Madame Workalot 12:53 pm 28 Apr 09

boomacat said :

I worked with Charmaine Tunn of Baker Deane & Nutt a couple of years ago and she was very effective (tph 6230 1999). In my experience it is totally incorrect to say that Lawyers offer a lesser service because they are working on a “no win, no fee” type basis.

Also, if you are serious about this I would not recommend trying to run the matter yourself, insurance companies don’t give out compensation money easily, in my humble experience. Do people ever wonder why it takes about 5 or 6 years to get admitted to practise as a lawyer? There is actually some work involved in practising law, it requires a great deal of knowledge. But as I say, that’s just my opinion.

I have also used Charmaine before – she was ok, not spectacular. I think she’s pretty good for a straightforward claim, but anything with ongoing implications gets a bit tricky, and I think others may handle that better.

Hope you feel better Astro – our thoughts are with you 🙂

Fisho 9:57 pm 27 Apr 09

Sorry to hear about your misfortune.

boomacat 4:08 pm 27 Apr 09

I worked with Charmaine Tunn of Baker Deane & Nutt a couple of years ago and she was very effective (tph 6230 1999). In my experience it is totally incorrect to say that Lawyers offer a lesser service because they are working on a “no win, no fee” type basis.

Also, if you are serious about this I would not recommend trying to run the matter yourself, insurance companies don’t give out compensation money easily, in my humble experience. Do people ever wonder why it takes about 5 or 6 years to get admitted to practise as a lawyer? There is actually some work involved in practising law, it requires a great deal of knowledge. But as I say, that’s just my opinion.

Granny 3:30 pm 27 Apr 09

Sorry I missed you, Astro! Have left a message!

: )

ant 10:51 am 27 Apr 09

… and following on, um, try to avoid the temptation of the No Win No Fee thing. It’s not a panacea. what a lot of them are offering is, if they take your case (and it has to be a simple earner), it’s essentially a form-filling service they offer. If it’s more complex, you may not get what you need.

A proper lawyer is a better go.

Also, the no win no fee thing results in them taking quite a large percentage of teh final payout, while a normal lawyer who charges you a set suite of fees will take less of what you end up getting.

ant 10:46 am 27 Apr 09

I’m so sorry to hear this Astro. (I hope someone’s around to read you most of the replies!). That’s shocking, actually. If drivers can’t see cyclists, then what the hell can they see? There’s no excuse for it. I really hope you make a full recovery and come out of this OK.

BerraBoy68 8:20 am 27 Apr 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

Astro – get well soon mate.

+1. With broken ribs mate, try not to get a cold. The sneezing alone wouod do you in!

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