Maddens Lawyers

Private: 2013 Springwood-Winmalee Fire



HAS THE SPRINGWOOD-WINMALEE-YELLOW ROCK BUSHFIRE LEFT YOU EITHER MENTALLY OR PHYSICALLY INJURED?

Claims for personal injury as a result of the 2013 Springwood-Winmalee-Yellow Rock Bushfire include not only physical injury, but also psychiatric or mental injury.

The injury may be caused as a direct or indirect consequence of:

  • The fire; or
  • The death of or injury to another person as a result of fire.

In order to make a claim for personal injury compensation in this circumstance, you must have a ‘recognised psychiatric injury’ diagnosed by a medical practitioner prior to 31 December 2014. 

Recognised psychiatric injuries may include;

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Disturbance disorder
  • Nervous shock.

It is not necessary for there to be a physical injury in order for a mental injury to arise. 

Given the time frame by which claimants are required to obtain a diagnosis, we encourage you to attend a medical practitioner as soon as possible if you feel you may have a claim.

In respect of children, psychiatric injuries may take a longer period of time to present.

Common signs of a potential psychiatric injury may include:

  • Behavioural changes at home or school
  • A marked decline in academic performance.

Again, professional advice from a medical practitioner should be sought now, rather than later.

In circumstances where you develop symptoms beyond 31 December 2014, you may still be entitled to seek compensation.

However it will become necessary in that instance for us to make an application to the Court to have your claim included in the Class Action.

Maddens Lawyers can assist with this application if and as necessary.

Please contact us immediately if you have any queries regarding personal injury claims or relating to any aspect of your bushfire loss claim.

HAVE YOU LODGED A PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM?

We will shortly be contacting all people who have indicated they may have a potential personal injury claim to make.

Potential personal injury claimants will be required to complete a detailed telephone questionnaire to help progress their claim.

A member of the Maddens Class Action team will be in touch in due course.