CAUTION – WET ROAD AHEAD! The Risk of Hydroplaning

With winter upon us and some particularly wet conditions of late, it is useful to reconsider our driving habits over the coming months.  Wet road conditions can result in more instances of aquaplaning or hydroplaning. Hydroplaning occurs when a car’s tyre separates from the road surface thus causing a temporary loss of control.  It occurs when a film of water is present … Read More

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So much for circumstances; create opportunities!

It is amazing what can be achieved in the space of two short years, and the momentum that can build for something that started as a means to provide opportunities for less fortunate individuals.  Peter Burt and Clara Davies have reason to be proud of their role in creating an Australian first – an Easy Access Basket (EAB) for a hot … Read More

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Are medical and like expenses covered?

Yes.  All ambulance bills are covered. All public and private hospital bills are covered. All medical, radiological, pharmaceutical and like expenses are paid in full by TAC provided that you have received treatment as an overnight inpatient in a hospital on account of your injuries. If you were not a hospital inpatient, an excess of $ 629.00 applies before TAC is … Read More

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Is lost income covered by the TAC?

If you were an earner before the accident, and you are unable to work on account of your injuries, TAC has an obligation to pay benefits for loss of income (“income benefits”).  Income benefits are calculated at 80% of your pre-accident income less income tax, up to a maximum of $1,260.00 per week. This entitlement lasts for a period of 18 months from the … Read More

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What is the impairment benefit worth?

Accidents before 16 December 2004 In the case of accident victims injured in transport accidents occurring before 16 December 2004, the impairment benefit is worth approximately $1,190.56 for each impairment percentage point over 10.  No impairment benefit is payable for the first 10 impairment points. Accordingly, an impairment score of 20% would produce an impairment benefit of approximately $11,905.56.  The maximum that … Read More

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Is compensation payable for death?

Yes.  A dependant of a person who dies as a result of a transport accident is entitled to receive a lump sum payment and a weekly loss of dependency benefit. The weekly benefit is payable for a period of 5 years or until the youngest dependant child completes full time education, which ever last occurs The maximum weekly benefit payable is … Read More

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What damages can be recovered in a TAC common law claim?

There are two types of damage that can be recovered in a TAC common law claim. You can obtain an award for pain and suffering damages. You can also obtain an award for pecuniary (economic) loss damages. In rare cases, it is possible to obtain an award of damages for future medical costs (eg. see Do I have to live in … Read More

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N.R., Diamond Creek

“Following a car accident I went to seek advice from Burt & Davies due to my back injury from the accident.  I highly recommend them to all; from my first meeting with Peter Burt and Clara Davies and throughout my case I experienced professionalism and sincerity. I chose Burt & Davies to represent me following my reading of testimonials on their … Read More

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Supporting International Day of People With Disability

Following the launch of the Easy Access Basket (EAB) for a hot air balloon in May 2012, Burt & Davies developed a partnership with Scope Victoria which saw several Scope clients, including Lavourne Service, benefit from this innovative venture.

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