Expert

For this reason we focus solely on one area of the law – personal injury compensation – giving you access to a wealth of ‘big-firm’ experience, mixed with the personal approach that only a flexible and energetic team can provide.

Maelstrom Lawyers is a full service personal injury law firm offering advice in relation to injuries arising from motor vehicle accidents, workplace accidents, boating accidents, faulty products and everything in between.


Motor Vehicles

If your injuries were caused by, through or in connection with the driving of a vehicle, even if it fled the scene and cannot be found then you have a claim. Whether you were in the vehicle as a driver or passenger or you were out of it as a pedestrian, cyclist or other we have you covered.

Strict time limits apply so make sure you get advice about your rights sooner rather than later.

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Workplace

You may be entitled to compensation if you suffer injuries at work or because of work; even if you are injured at a different workplace. The injury must be connected to your employment and your employment must be a significant contributing factor. Your personal injury claim will be either against WorkCover Queensland, or your employer directly if they are self-insured. All employees are covered by no-fault statutory benefits and in some situations you are also covered by fault-based common law entitlements where you can prove negligence.

Strict time limits apply so make sure you get advice about your rights sooner rather than later.


Faulty Products

You may be entitled to compensation for personal injuries suffered as a result of faulty products pursuant to Part VIB of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. These claims can be tricky and its best to speak to a lawyer about your rights.

Strict time limits apply so make sure you get advice about your rights sooner rather than later.

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Boating

You may be entitled to compensation if you suffer injuries whilst boating pursuant to the Transport Operations Marine Safety Act 1994 and the Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Regulation 1995.

Strict time limits apply so make sure you get advice about your rights sooner rather than later.

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Public Liability + Catch-all

If you are injured away from work and not in a motor vehicle your personal injury claim will be governed by the Personal Injuries Proceedings Act.  This is broad reaching legislation covering just about every conceivable type of injury from faulty products, to poorly designed intersections, to food poisoning, to slips and falls and so on. If you have suffered an injury and you are not sure if you have rights to compensation seek legal advice.

Strict time limits apply so make sure you get advice about your rights sooner rather than later.

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Cutting through to the truth

There are many misunderstood facts when it comes to dealing with the law. Our aim is always to explain things to you in a way that’s easy to understand and gets to the heart of the issue. Here are some of the more common questions.

What happens if I have a prior conviction?

Previous convictions are only relevant to the extent that they affect the areas of compensation we look at. So if you were working at the time of the accident and you can’t work now its strong evidence that a past criminal conviction had little impact on your life. Like many things its a sliding scale and its best to be upfront about everything. Sometimes a ‘reduction’ is unavoidable.

I had a pre-existing injuries. Will that effect my claim?

Most people have a pre-existing injury of one kind or another. It is up to the insurer to prove that it is relevant to your claim. The strongest evidence that your pre-existing injury did not impact your life is showing all the things you could do before the accident that you can’t do now. Sometimes a ‘reduction’ is unavoidable though and as with everything its a sliding scale.

'Winning' has no value.

People often put ‘you will win for sure’ and ‘you’ll get millions’ in the same sentence. But they are actually two different concepts. ‘Winning’ has no value. It simply determines the ‘percentage’ of value you get. Proving your case is just the first hurdle to ensure you get ‘anything at all’. The value of your case depends on the impact the accident has on your life and most critically your ‘working life’.

I think I'm partly to blame.

We all make mistakes. Some of us pay dearly for it. It doesn’t always mean we get nothing though. Working out ‘who is to blame’ for the accident includes the idea of ‘sharing the blame’ which means you could still recover a portion of your entitlements. Sometimes getting 50% of your entitlements is better than nothing at all. Its always best to check with a lawyer before you make your final decision. And sometimes you need a second or third opinion.

Nothing on the x-ray

Soft tissue injuries are real. They won’t show up on x rays, the might not show up on CT scans or MRIs but that doesn’t mean there is nothing there. When you have an injury that can’t be seen its important to maintain ‘credibility’ or ‘believability’. So follow doctors orders. Follow rehabilitation recommendations.

Pricing Structure

The industry norm might be to charge a client for the time taken to get the job done in six minute increments, add 25% on top (“uplift fee”) and split the difference when the legal bill exceeds the offer (“50:50 rule”) on the table.

But we don’t think that’s very transparent or fair.

So our legal bills are calculated by an independent expert legal costs consultant. Only work that moves our client’s claim forward is counted and our client’s get a copy of the calculation. Most importantly, we don’t charge the 25% uplift on minor claims and we reduce our bill once it exceeds 40% of the net settlement offer. Put it all together and it simply means more money back to the people who need it most. Simple.

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Understanding your rights and responsibilities under the law can be difficult and overwhelming. The best way to assess your situation is to speak directly to one of our team members.

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