You may be entitled to 'Damages' (otherwise known as motor vehicle accident compensation) as a result of being injured in a road accident. 'Damages' are the monetary compensation for injuries and disabilities caused by the motor vehicle accident.
There are several categories of motor vehicle accident compensation in South Australia:
- Special damages are out-of-pocket expenses such as medical fees including ambulance and hospital expenses, pharmaceutical expenses, physiotherapy and psychiatry expenses. Special damages also include the expense of travelling to and from related medical appointments.
- General Damages can be claimed normally under the following broad heads of claim:
You may be entitled to damages for injuries suffered, pain and suffering arising from the injuries, the loss of enjoyment of life and any permanent disability.
You may be entitled to damages for any loss of income you have suffered in the past and which you may suffer in the future or any loss of earning opportunities, as a result of the injuries. In addition, you may be entitled to claim any loss of past and future superannuation.
You may be entitled to claim any medical expenses you are likely to incur in the future.
You may be entitled to claim an amount for the voluntary assistance and/or help provided to you by your spouse, parent or child on account of injuries arising from the accident.
You may be entitled to claim the past and future costs of any special care that you may need now or in the future as a result of the accident.
- In addition to the above, you may be entitled to claim a contribution to your legal costs and the cost of obtaining medical reports, factual investigation reports, accident reconstruction reports and other expenses incurred when pursuing a claim.