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No Win - No Fee

TAC Lawyers

    Injured in a Road or Transport accident? We will help get the compensation you deserve.

    If you’ve been injured in a road or transport accident you may have a claim for compensation.
     

    Who can make a TAC claim?

    The TAC provides support and covers costs for those injured if you are a driver, passenger, pedestrian, motorcyclist and in some circumstances a cyclist.

    If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident you can make a claim for compensation. A motor vehicle includes a car, truck, motorcycle, scooter, bus, train or tram.

    To be able to access TAC benefits, your accident must have occurred in Victoria or it must involve a Victorian registered vehicle.

    The TAC covers those injured physically and/or psychologically as a result of a road or transport accident. An injury can include a recurrence, aggravation, acceleration, exacerbation or deterioration of a pre-existing injury. The TAC also provides assistance for those who may have lost a loved one due to a road or transport accident.

    A road accident injury can affect you physically, emotionally and financially. It can often be a stressful experience, for yourself and also your family. Zaparas lawyers understands how stressful making a TAC claim can be, we are here to assist you every step of the way.
     

    What TAC Entitlements are available? Should I lodge a TAC Claim?

    It is important to lodge a TAC claim, as you may be eligible for a range of benefits.

    Whether you were at fault or not, you may be eligible for a range of benefits that include the following:

    • Medical and treatment expenses including:
    o GP appointments
    o Hospital expenses
    o Rehabilitation expenses
    o Physical therapies including physiotherapy and other allied health services
    o Specialist appointments
    o Psychological/Psychiatric therapy
    o Medication expenses
    o Personal and home help services including cleaning, gardening and childcare assistance
    o Equipment aids including shower stools and walking aids
    o Occupational rehabilitation services
    o Radiological scans and other investigations
    o Surgery
    o Travel expenses

    Weekly payments for lost wages if you are unable to return to your pre-injury duties or alternative employment

    Lump sum compensation for a permanent impairment

    Return to work services

    Superannuation entitlements

    It is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible to understand your rights and entitlements.
     

    What if the accident was someone else’s fault? Common Law Claims Explained

    If we can establish that the accident was caused wholly or partially due to the negligence of another person, you can claim common law damages in addition to those listed above.

    Common law damages include:
    Pain and suffering
    Loss of both past and future earnings
    Loss of enjoyment of life
    Lump sum compensation

    There are two elements necessary for an injured person to recover common law damages;

    1. The injury must be considered serious

    2. The injury was caused as a result of someone’s negligence or fault
     

    When can I lodge a claim?

    A claim for compensation must be made within one year of the date of the accident or the date when you first realise you are injured as a result of a transport accident.

    The TAC may consider a claim made outside this one year limit if reasonable grounds exist for the delay in making a claim, and it is made within three years from the date of the accident or the date you first realised you were injured.

    The TAC will not consider any claims made outside this three year period, unless the injured person is less than 18 years of age at the time of the accident. In this case they have until the day before they turn 21 years old to make a claim.
     

    How do I lodge a TAC claim?

    There are three ways you can make a TAC claim:

    1. Use the online lodgement form on the TAC website

    2. Call TAC on 1300 654 329

    3. Sometimes a hospital can lodge a claim on your behalf. If you are unsure if this has happened, please contact TAC on the number above and they will give you further advice.

    Zaparas Lawyers are happy to assist you lodging your TAC claim. We understand this can be quite a daunting process, we are happy to assist you every step of the way.
     

    No Win, No Fee

    We've seen how traumatic and life changing an injury or illness can be, so we understand how important it is that you don't have to worry about the financial side of your claim.

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    Why Zaparas Lawyers?

    We understand that when you’re injured, your family and friends can feel the impact of your accident too. We know our clients rely on us to get the best outcome that’s why our road compensation experts will focus on getting you the benefits and compensation you’re entitled to.

    We are a family business - we treat you, like family.

    Contact us today for a free, no obligation appointment.
     

    Zaparas Lawyers was recognised and awarded as leading TAC compensation lawyers in 2020.

    • Doyles 2020 Leading
    If you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident you may have a claim for compensation. In Victoria, we are fortunate that the government had the foresight to establish the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) to provide entitlements and support to people injured in motor vehicle accidents, including cyclists and pedestrians.

     

    At Zaparas, our experience and expertise lets us work with you to establish the full extent of your claim and the benefits that you’re entitled to receive.

    Whether you were at fault or not, you still may be entitled to claim compensation for:

    • Medical and related expenses
    • Loss of earnings and earning capacity
    • A lump sum for permanent injury, called an ‘impairment benefit’.


    We understand that when you’re injured, your family and friends can feel the impact of your accident too. That's why we take the financial stress out of making a claim by offering our services on a 'No Win, No Charge' basis. This means if we don't win, you don't pay.

    We know our clients rely on us to get the best outcome that’s why our compensation experts will focus on getting you the benefits and compensation you’re entitled to. 

     

    What we offer

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    FAQs

    Help I’ve been in a transport accident what should I do?

    If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident in Victoria, you have a legal right to claim compensation from the Transport Accident Commission (TAC).

    Zaparas Lawyers specialise in TAC law. The firm’s expert team of TAC solicitors are dedicated to protecting the rights of injured individuals.

    We can ensure your entitlement to benefits is determined fairly and reasonably, and can dispute a decision made by the TAC on your behalf.

    What sort of benefits could I be eligible for?

    Medical and like expenses

    This includes all medical services and treatments that are reasonable and related to the accident. A medical excess applies before the TAC commences payment, but we are happy to help you reach your excess while protecting your entitlements.

    Loss of earnings and loss of earning capacity

    Loss of earnings benefits may be paid for up to 18 months to a wage earner who is unable to return to their pre-accident employment as a result of injuries sustained. After this period, loss of earning capacity benefits may be paid for a further 18 months.

    Impairment benefit

    A permanent impairment arising from an injury may entitle you to a lump sum compensation amount. Your level of impairment is assessed by independent examiners before the TAC determines whether you will receive a payment or not. It’s our job to ensure you are assessed fairly and reasonably and to dispute any decision made by the TAC that we believe to be unjust.

    Common law damages

    Over and above these benefits, you may be entitled to Common Law damages where it can be shown that the transport accident was wholly or partially the fault of another party and that you have been ‘seriously injured’. Damages may include lump sum payments for pain and suffering and/or economic loss. TAC claims have time limits, so it is vital that you speak to us as soon as possible after you have been injured in a transport accident.

    How can I claim on medical expenses from the TAC?

    In order to make a request for a particular service or treatment, your doctor will need to send a written request to the Commission to ask it to fund the treatment. We recommend putting in the medical justification for the treatment, and, if there has been a gap in treatment, explain the reasons for that gap as well. This will hopefully help the Commission in its consideration of the request and prevent unnecessary delays.

    Once the Commission has received the material, it will make a decision on the merits of the request. If the decision is to approve the treatment, then you can arrange with your treatment provider to undergo the treatment, or with a service provider to the assistance. If the decision is to deny funding, we recommend that you seek legal advice to help you determine whether this a decision that should be challenged. 

    Understanding your right to medical expense coverage can provide a sense of safety and security for you and your family. For a more in depth understanding about how Zaparas Lawyers can aid you in this process, please see the following video:

    https://www.zaparaslaw.com.au/case-study/medical-and-expenses-tac

    If the accident was my fault, do I have any entitlements?

    You have entitlements as an injured person regardless of who caused the accident. These entitlements include:

    • Medical and related expenses;
    • Weekly payments if you are unable to work;
    • A lump sum for permanent injury, called an ‘impairment benefit’.

    Strict time limits apply, so we recommend seeking advice as soon as possible. A lawyer will be able to help you through this process and negotiate on your behalf. 

    What if the accident was someone else's fault?

    Over and above the benefits outlined above, if the transport accident was caused wholly or partially by the fault of another party and you have sustained a serious injury, you may be entitled to make a common law claim. A common law claim may include lump-sum compensation for:

    • Pain and suffering;
    • Economic loss.

    How long do I have to make a TAC claim?

    A claim for compensation must be made within one year of the date of the injury or the date when you first realise you are injured as a result of a transport accident. However, the TAC may consider a claim made outside this one year limit if reasonable grounds exist for the delay in making a claim, and it is made within three years from the date of the accident or the date you first realised you were injured.

    The TAC will not consider any claims made outside this three year period, unless the injured person is less than 18 years of age at the time of the accident. In this case they have until the day before they turn 21 years old to make a claim.

    I was in an accident interstate, can the TAC help me?

    If you were involved in a transport accident that occurred outside of Victoria, you will still be entitled to TAC benefits if:

    • You are a Victorian resident who was injured in an accident involving a Victorian registered vehicle; or
    • You are a non-Victorian resident who was injured as an occupant of a Victorian registered vehicle.

    If a Victorian registered vehicle was not involved in your accident, your claim will be governed by the relevant authority in the state in which the accident occurred.

    Help, my child/minor was injured in a transport accident

    If your child or minor has been involved in a transport accident, there are additional benefits available.  

    You may be able to claim a weekly benefit that will help with the cost of looking after your injured child or minor. The payment will be made to the parent/s or guardian until they are 18 years of age.

    What is a nervous shock claim?

    If a person has suffered a psychological injury as a result of the death of another person in a transport accident, a claim for compensation can be made. This can include a witness at the accident scene, or a family member of the deceased.

    What should I do next?

    Make an appointment to see one of our specialist compensation lawyers who will answer any questions you have and give a comprehensive overview of your legal rights.

    Where are your offices?

    Currently we have seven offices around Melbourne to assist clients all around Victoria and an office in Queensland. Our solicitors are also happy to make a home visit if required.

    Our locations can be found here: Zaparas Lawyers office locations 

    What should I bring to the appointment?

    Please bring all relevant documentation you have such as completed claim forms, letters from the TAC, medical reports, radiological investigations and any other documents that may be relevant.

    How much will I pay in legal costs?

    When an injury is sustained, it often causes great financial strain to the injured party and their family. This is why, since its beginning, Zaparas Lawyers has fought cases on a ‘No win, No charge’ basis. In simple terms, this means that you do not pay anything unless you win your case.

    We believe everyone deserves access to justice no matter their financial situation. Our fees cover the time required for your lawyer and legal team to work on your case and unlike other firms, we have also extended our ‘No Win, No Charge’ policy to cover other expenses like medical reports, court and barrister fees.

    We know our clients rely on us to get the best outcome, so when we do win we make sure we cap our fees to ensure you get more of the money you’ve been rewarded. 

    English is my second language, are you able to provide an interpreter?

    Our firm has a diverse and multicultural team comprising of lawyers and law clerks who speak different languages including: Greek, Cantonese, Mandarin, Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Macedonian, Turkish and Singhalese. We also have a network of the very best interpreters who can attend interviews and appointments free of charge to our clients.