Compensation Solicitors

We help people across Victoria and have more than 200 years of combined legal experience acting for everyday people.

If you’ve suffered an unexpected life event such as a workplace or road injury, family matter or a commercial dispute, we have an experienced team of lawyers who can give you the best legal advice and support in your case.

We know that having a legal case while recovering from a workplace or road injury is never easy and can feel stressful. That’s why we can help you on a no win, no fee basis for personal injury cases so you do not have to worry about paying upfront legal fees and can focus on your recovery.

 

Do I need a solicitor to claim compensation?

 

Legal matters and particularly, personal injury claims, can be stressful and difficult to handle without the help of an experienced compensation solicitor. The experienced lawyers at Gordon Legal know how to get the best results for their clients and they do everything they can to make the process as simple and fast as possible so that you can focus on your recovery and time with your family. 

Once you have made the decision to hire a lawyer, you will need to find the right lawyer for your case. There are lots of things to think about when choosing a lawyer for compensation claims and other legal issues. The first thing you should consider is if your lawyer has enough experience in cases like yours.  Some lawyers only provide legal advice and representation in particular areas of law and some work across many areas. It’s important to get a lawyer who has lots of experience in the area of law that your legal issue relates to and that your lawyer is up to date with changes in the law that might impact on your case. 

 

How long does it take to settle a case?

 

Every case is different and sometimes it is up to the Courts to schedule hearing and trial dates and this can sometimes be many months away depending on how busy the Courts are. However, at Gordon Legal, we do everything we can to settle our clients’ cases as quickly as possible. Minor claims tend to be faster but even big claims can be dealt with quickly depending on what the future looks like for the injured person. As an example, mesothelioma claims from asbestos exposure can be finalised within weeks to months if the person is very ill. More complicated matters that are not urgent can take months or even years to reach a settlement or Court. Factors that can influence the settlement time of your case include:

  • Court schedules.
  • Serving court papers.
  • Exchanging material.
  • Gathering evidence.
  • Medical appointments arranged by the parties.
  • The complexity of your case.
  • The defendant party’s attitude.

 

If you are still undergoing treatment and recovering from a car accident or personal injury, it may be too early to resolve your case. Your settlement negotiations will typically start once you are at a point where you no longer need invasive or active medical treatment. Lawyers need to understand the full extent of your claim to make sure you get the compensation you deserve, which includes your medical bills, lost wages, and any permanent damage you may have suffered.  Unfortunately, it can be a long process but Gordon Legal can offer support and advice throughout.

 

Where can I find the best lawyers near me?

 

Gordon Legal is a full-service law firm who can help with matters from personal injuries and public liability insurance, medical negligence, family law, commercial and employment disputes and criminal law including court appearances. Although we have a broad range of legal services, most of our lawyers are dedicated to a single area of law within the firm and many of our lawyers are Accredited Specialists in their chosen field.

The Gordon Legal team know how to handle even the most difficult cases because they have been working on cases just like yours for many years. Experienced lawyers like the lawyers at Gordon Legal know how to get the best result and can often make an assessment of how likely a person is to win their case and how much compensation they might be able to achieve at the very start of the case.

Our founder, Peter Gordon has built a dedicated team who share his personal belief in compassion and fighting for the rights of ordinary people across Victoria.  At Gordon Legal, we take you through your case step by step, so you can fully understand your rights and make informed decisions.

When choosing the best claim lawyer near you, it’s important to know that the team at Gordon Legal can arrange to see clients at our offices in Melbourne CBD, Geelong or Dandenong or we can arrange to meet with you remotely using video-conferencing platforms like Zoom and Facetime. The lawyers at Gordon Legal can also organise to see you in hospital or at your home if you are too unwell to come to our office or you don’t have the right technology to meet remotely. We will discuss your individual circumstances and your preferences with you when making a time to meet to make sure your first appointment is comfortable and convenient.

 

How much does it cost to hire a lawyer?

 

Legal costs are made up of legal fees for the lawyer’s services and disbursements which are the out of pocket expenses incurred in your case like court fees, report fees and the costs of getting a barrister to help with your case. It’s helpful to think of legal fees and disbursements in the same way a mechanic charges for labour and parts when they fix your car.

The costs involved in hiring a lawyer depend on many factors including the type of legal matter, the complexity of the case, the level of experience your lawyer, who works on your case, what type of evidence needs to be gathered to win your case, the fees that doctors and experts charge for reports and how long it takes to settle your case.

Different lawyers charge for legal services in different ways. Some lawyers charge for the time they spend preparing, pursuing and negotiating your case and some lawyers charge on Court scale meaning that the Court’s set amounts are used to charge for different components that make up the legal work on your case. Some lawyers ask you to pay your legal fees upfront, some agree on a fixed fee for their services and some won’t charge you until the end of your case.

Peter Gordon and Paul Henderson were the first lawyers to introduce ‘no win, no fee’ as a way to help people access to justice and affordable legal services. Not having the financial means available to pay a lawyer upfront should not stop you from getting a lawyer’s help with your claim and pursuing your legal rights.

These are the practice areas at Gordon Legal that can act for you on a “no win, no fee” basis:

  • Worker’s compensation
  • TAC claims and road accidents
  • Public liability claims
  • Medical negligence
  • Asbestos and other dust diseases
  • Other areas of the law may be eligible too

 

If Gordon Legal are unable to help you in-house, we can put you in touch with the right lawyer for your case. For example, you may be best supported by conveyancing specialists and we can help you find the right lawyer for your case or legal issue.  

If your case is eligible for a “no win, no fee” arrangement, we will act for you and pursue your case at no upfront cost to you for our legal services and you will only pay for our legal services if you have a successful claim. If you are successful in getting compensation, Gordon Legal will take the legal fees out of your compensation and pass on the rest of the compensation to you so you don’t need to worry about the financial stress of making claim and paying your legal bills.  No win no fee means people can still access a personal injury lawyer where they otherwise might not have been able to afford to pay a lawyer upfront.

Get in touch

As expert compensation lawyers in Melbourne and Geelong, our legal advice is designed to explain the complexities of the legal process which may relate to your insurance claims, public liability claims, workers compensation and medical negligence claims in a frank and honest way so that you understand how and whether you are prepared to proceed.

The first step in this process is to get in touch our team of compensation lawyers. Our office can be contacted directly by phone on 1300 56 50 16 or you can submit the details of your claim through our website portal and one of our lawyers in Melbourne or Geelong will contact you for further details if they are required. We will offer you our honest legal opinion for your claim for and you can choose to proceed further with us if we believe we can successfully help you, or not. You are under no obligation to accept our services if they are offered to you.

If you are aware of some of your entitlements relating to your personal injury, such as workers compensation payments, and you believe that they have not been made available to you, then we offer services like representation and mediation which will help you fight for your rights and entitlements. Our team includes dedicated WorkCover lawyers with specialist legal skills and experience relating to industrial accidents, industrial negligence and asbestos exposure. We also have highly experienced compensation lawyers who can help you with superannuation claims and entitlements, including superannuation insurance.

We are here to help

If you need to speak to our Compensation Lawyers, contact us anytime.

Call 1300 56 50 16

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Map of Melbourne office location

Melbourne

Level 22/181 William Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
1300 59 95 17
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Map of Geelong office location

Geelong

183 Moorabool Street
Geelong VIC 3220
(03) 5225 1600
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Map of Dandenong office location

Dandenong

1/75 Robinson Street
Dandenong VIC 3175
03 9603 3000
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