Find an expert lawyer to help you understand your rights and potential entitlements if you are bereaved or injured in a road incident.
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.
If this process feels overwhelming, you may want to consider getting legal advice to help 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 we have provided the first point of contact at these firms, and they have provided a short bio to share. We understand 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 for 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.
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 Amber Community. 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.
Henry Carus, Henry Carus + Associates
Henry Carus 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’.
At Henry Carus + Associates, we know that every situation is different. We believe that ‘You Deserve More’ means a whole lot more than just the amount of compensation obtained. It means taking the time to connect with our clients to understand the unique circumstances surrounding their lives and injuries, offering respect and support so that a life-long trusting connection is created. Henry Carus + Associates are proud to support Amber Community in improving the wellbeing of our community.
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.
Belinda Fenn, Nevin Lenne Gross Lawyers
Belinda is a Principal Lawyer working in the Personal Injury department of Nevin Lenne Gross. Belinda is passionate about helping those who have been impacted by road trauma. Her empathetic approach, attention to detail, timely and accurate advice provides her TAC clients with the personal and professional support they need during what is a difficult and emotional time.
Nevin Lenne Gross is a highly respected regional law firm who offer expert advice in a variety of areas of law, including injury claims, estates, estate disputes, family law, wills, powers of attorney, conveyancing, employment law and business transactions. Nevin Lenne Gross provide cost-effective legal services, with their number one focus being on the best outcomes for their clients.
Tanya Neilson, Guardian Injury Law
Tanya is the Principal and Founder of Guardian Injury Law, a personal injury law firm that fights fiercely and fearlessly for the rights of injured people.
Tanya has extensive experience representing people injured in motor vehicle accidents across metro and regional Victoria. She understands the long-term and far-reaching impact that road trauma can have, not only on the parties involved but also on their loved ones, friends and the broader community.
Tanya takes the time to get to know her clients to best understand the impact that the road trauma has had on them. Utilising empathy, insight and clear legal advice in plain English, Tanya achieves outstanding results for her clients.