Find an expert lawyer to help you, if bereaved or seriously injured.
For many people bereaved or seriously injured in a road crash, expert legal advice is crucial. It may help with things like wills, probate, and claims for damages.
In Victoria, the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) is a no-fault accident compensation scheme. When you register your vehicle, you take out insurance that covers you in a transport accident for medical and rehabilitation costs and, in some instances, income support. To receive benefits from the TAC, you must lodge a claim – you can call the TAC 1300 654 329 or go to www.tac.vic.gov.au.
It can feel overwhelming, and legal advice may be helpful to navigate these complex issues.
How to find a lawyer
Choosing a lawyer is an important decision. Generally, we recommend using an accredited specialist who is a lawyer recognised as having additional experience, training, and expertise in a particular area of law.
We have partnered with four legal firms that give $15,000 each year to our counselling, support, and advocacy services.
Below are details of first point of contact at these firms. We understand that you can contact them directly and they will give you an hour consultation at no cost.
You may want to contact a couple of people to find the person who feels best to you.
We do not endorse or recommend a particular person or firm, and we will not share your details without your consent. Your decision will not impact the support you receive – from them or us.
Megan Caines, Polaris Lawyers
Megan is a Principal Lawyer and head of the TAC department at Polaris Lawyers. Megan prides herself on her track record of representing injured Victorians, her strong communication skills, and providing straightforward advice to clients. Megan understands that an injury’s impact is different for each person and takes the time to understand each client’s unique story and the physical, emotional, and financial impact of their injury.
Polaris Lawyers is a boutique personal injury law firm combining over 50 years of big firm expertise with the personal service and empathy of a team dedicated to you and your case. Polaris Lawyers was awarded “Law Firm of the Year” at the Australian Law Awards in 2019.
Craig Lynch, Slater & Gordon Lawyers
Craig is an experienced transport accident lawyer, having worked at Slater & Gordon since 1997 and has been a long-term supporter of RTSSV. Craig is a personal injury law accredited specialist.
Craig believes that those injured or grieving the loss of a loved one need more than a legal expert. They need a good listener with life experience to guide them through the legal process when they need it most. Craig works closely with Slater & Gordon’s social work team to provide holistic care to his clients. Craig’s clients also have access to the full suite of specialist legal services offered by Slater & Gordon, including superannuation and disability insurance.
Danielle Leo, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
Danielle is a Road Injuries Senior Associate at Maurice Blackburn and an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law. Danielle takes a caring and compassionate approach to support those impacted by road trauma through the legal system. She is committed to ensuring the best possible legal service is accessible to everyone. Danielle works with a team of specialists with expertise in wills, personal injury, probate, and superannuation.
Maurice Blackburn have supported RTSSV for many years and share their commitment to road users’ safety and wellbeing. Maurice Blackburn is Australia’s leading social justice law firm and has been helping injured people for over 100 years.
Henry Carus, Henry Carus Lawyers
Henry has been practising personal injury compensation law for over 35 years, first in New York City as a trial lawyer, and now for the last 25 years in Victoria. He is an Accredited Personal Injury specialist and the principal of Henry Carus + Associates, the firm behind the expression YOU DESERVE MORE.
Henry Carus + Associates believes You Deserve More means a whole lot more than just the amount of compensation obtained. It means respect and support so that a life-long trusting connection is created. Henry Carus + Associates are proud to support RTSSV services to improve community wellbeing.