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A friend was involved in a crash at the weekend-not at fault. They are on a working holiday visa. there visas end in april, october and november ( if that is relevant ). They have been injured. but unsure what to do.Can they claim being british and on a WHV?As one is going home in april but is injured, what should he do?Thanks GuysDavid

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Sorry to hear it but not sure what you're asking, is it related to insurance, healthcare or transport back to the UK?


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I am led to believe claiming for whiplash in Oz is not as 'simple' as in the UK and may require further medical examinations, rather than ring ,complain youve got whiplash and get a grand in the bank by weekend- so to speak. Might be worth checking out whats involved in a claim here if they are leaving the country.

 

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From memory to claim for whiplash or any other injury will require lodging a third party insurance claim against whoever holds the third party insurance for the 'at fault' driver. The insurance company will want the 'victim' examined by their own specialists.

 

My sister sustained whiplash in an accident years ago and from memory she received a settlement from the insurance company roughly four years after the accident. I think she also had to engage legal representation through her own third party insurer.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My wifes parents were involved in a bad crash when they were here years ago. They were flown back to Perth via the flying doctor service, my MIL was in intensive care for ages then in Shenton Park. They couldn't fly for ages. When they did they had to go first class as my MIL was still in a wheelchair. Not of it their fault I might add. The guy who crashed into them was an American working for Rio Tinto. They had lent him a 4 wheel drive for the weekend to d some sight seeing and he forgot what side of the road he should have been on.

 

In the end I think it was the compulsory third party insurance (SGIO was it) that had to pick up the bill for everything. It didn't cost them a penny for flying doctor, hospital treatment change of flight and eventual payout, after a long series of tests on the MIL. Unfortunately she never made a full recovery and has had problems with her back, wrists and shoulder ever since.

 

If it wasn't their fault the other drivers insurance should be picking up the bills for whatever damage and injuries.

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I had a nudge in my car, I was going to say bump, but I was going at about 5 mile per hour and an Audi moved forward at a junction and touch my back bumper and they accepted full responsibility and the damage was minimal, but ....... Some low life sold my accident to one of these companies who want you to claim for whiplash. They phoned and phoned up to ten times, I was polite at first, but in the end up I told them to F off and stop bloody ringing me, they were a pain in the a7se, but they make it easy for people to claim and the overall cost is massive and goes on all our insurances.

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Tisme - they all have travel insurance - what does that cover ?

Cal - Haha.. I was thinking that, or hoping should i say. Research on google maybe the option.

Freckleface - 4 Years!!? My Godness.. that is an awfully long time.

Paul - Awfully sorry to hear that mate, That sounds horrendous. I hope she got compensated for her pan and loss :/

Hoff - Cheers for info. Something will hopefully happen

 

What will be the case, when there Visa runs out in April and November?

Will they still be able to Claim?

Can they still claim from the UK?

 

Thanks

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Tisme - they all have travel insurance - what does that cover ?

Cal - Haha.. I was thinking that, or hoping should i say. Research on google maybe the option.

Freckleface - 4 Years!!? My Godness.. that is an awfully long time.

Paul - Awfully sorry to hear that mate, That sounds horrendous. I hope she got compensated for her pan and loss :/

Hoff - Cheers for info. Something will hopefully happen

 

What will be the case, when there Visa runs out in April and November?

Will they still be able to Claim?

Can they still claim from the UK?

 

Thanks

 

They would have to read their policy, not all insurance is the same.

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Were they driving a car which they own or a rental/hire car?

If the former they should speak to the company with which the car is insured, if the latter they should seek advice from the rental company.

They should also have the details of the other party involved - name, address, phone no., car registration no. and the name of their insurance company.

They will need medical examinations.

Whether their travel insurance will cover any part of treatment/expenses will depend on the particular policy (they can vary a lot) and the policies of the West Australian Motor Accidenct Insurance Board (or whatever it is called there, as they vary from state to state).

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They have been to the doctors, and still in shock nd have whiplash.

They own the car, but it is not insured, only the rego/third party.

As they are going home this year, they are unsure if they should claim for their injuries. Do they have to be in the country or have an english forwarding address?

Thanks

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I doubt anyone on this website is qualified or know enough about Australian law to give you expert advice. I would suggest your friends get in touch with an Accident Lawyer for professional advice, some offer the first consultation free. They will need to fight for any compensation, it isn't going to be paid easily, Insurance companies will fight to the end not to pay out, the Government Insurers are no exception.

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Their doctor should be able to give some advice, as I'm sure that there would be certain procedure the medical professionals would need to follow in the event of treating an insurance claim victim. They should also contact their insurance company for advice.

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