Have you been injured as a result of another person’s negligence? You may have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, at your work place or on another person’s property. The extent of your injury may lead you to make a legal claim for compensation. If that is the case, at some stage of the legal process, you will have to consider obtaining a medico-legal report with a view to detailing, at the very least, the extent of your injury, your prognosis and your treatment needs for the future. Such a report can be very costly; often in excess of $1,000. How can such a fee possibly be paid especially in circumstances where you may not be able to work?
One important option to consider is to apply for financial assistance in respect of the report fee through the Civil Law Legal Aid Scheme. Only applicants represented by an approved legal practice are eligible to be considered for a grant of aid. McColm Matsinger Lawyers are such an approved practice. We are happy to discuss your potential claim with you and whether you may qualify for assistance in respect of the report fee.
All applications are subject to a means test and a merit test (such as whether the claim has reasonable prospects of success). If funding is granted and your claim for compensation is successful, the grant will need to be refunded to Legal Aid. If your claim is unsuccessful, no refund is required.
McColm Matsinger Lawyers operates on a “no win no fee” basis in respect of injury claims. That means that if you do not receive any compensation, you do not have to pay our fees. Feel free to call us for an informal chat with no attached obligation. Hopefully we can help you at this difficult time.