Personal Injury Law in Singapore
If You’ve Been Injured in an Accident, Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer in Singapore Today
Personal injuries happen all the time. They can be physical or psychological and include a broad range of injury and accident types, from motor accidents, to slips and falls, to medical negligence.
If you have been injured as a result of another person’s negligence, you are entitled to file a claim for personal injury compensation to cover losses suffered because of the injury, including medical bills, lost wages, and transportation fees for medical treatment, as well as compensation for mental turmoil and the physical suffering.
The process of applying for a personal injury claim can be time-consuming and complex. You may need to write a letter of demand to the offending party or his or her insurance company, file a complaint, seek out expert witnesses, prepare a case, and appear in Court.
In many cases, proving that the offending party was negligent can be complicated, meaning that the chances of winning the claim depend heavily on how well the claim is presented.
Having an experienced personal injury lawyer to assist you can make this process quicker, easier, and more efficient. With years of experience in handling personal injury claims, our expert team of personal injury lawyers is well versed in personal injury law. We know what it takes to present an effective personal injury claim. Whether you have been involved in a workplace or traffic accident, we will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve for your loss as soon as possible.
At IRB Law, our lawyers can assist you with personal injury claims for all major kinds of injuries. The two main types of claims that we handle are traffic accidents and workplace injuries.
Traffic accidents are common occurrences on Singapore’s busy roads and often happen when another driver drives recklessly or fails to pay attention to road conditions. These kinds of claims are more likely to be handled by the parties’ insurers.
For injuries in the workplace, you can choose to file a claim with the Ministry of Manpower under the Workmen Injury Compensation Act, where you do not necessarily require a lawyer to represent you. However, if you wish to take your claim to court for trial, then you will need to hire a lawyer. Our team of personal injury lawyers can advise you on the best options to take and can provide personalised, expert guidance throughout the filing process.
If you can prove to the Court that your injury was caused by the negligence of another party, the Court will award damages which the offending party must pay to you as compensation. These damages are intended, as much as possible, to place the injured party in the realistic position that he or she would have been in if the accident had not happened. They must be reasonable and are not intended to punish the party responsible for the accident.
There are two main kinds of damages.
General damages are those which cannot be calculated precisely, including compensation for pain and suffering (physical and mental) and loss of amenities, future earning, earning capacity or medical expenses. These kinds of damages can be difficult to assess.
One important factor used in assessment is how severe the injury is. Here, the Court plays an active role in quantifying these damages, which are often based on medical evidence such as reports from specialists.
Another important factor is contributory negligence. This means that if the Court is convinced that the innocent party was partially responsible for the injury which he or she sustained, then the amount of damages which the offending party must pay will be reduced to reflect the innocent party’s role in the accident.
Special damages refer to monetary losses or expenses that the injured party incurs as a result of the accident, including expenses for medical care and treatment, transport costs, damage to property and reduced income. These damages must be specifically claimed from the court and must also be proved with clear evidence, such as documents and receipts.
If you have suffered an injury at work while you are under a contract of service or apprenticeship (including an internship), there are two ways in which you can claim compensation.
A lawyer can advise you on the best method for your case.
The first is based on Common Law and requires the injured party to take the offending party to Court for negligence. This requires the innocent party to prove to the Court that he or she was owed a duty of care by the offending party and that the offending party breached this duty by causing the injury to happen. There are no limits on the amount of compensation that can be claimed under this method.
The second is based on the Work Injury Compensation Act and requires you to make a claim with the Ministry of Manpower. Awards of compensation under this method are based on a set formula with a limit on the maximum amount of compensation that can be claimed.
What we can do to help
At I.R.B. Law, we understand that in the aftermath of an accident, it may be difficult for you to handle your own claim. That is why our team of caring, experienced personal injury lawyers will work tirelessly in your best interest.
Our personal injury lawyers have extensive experience of personal injury law and have handled hundreds of prior cases. We will advise you on your claim’s chances of success and how much compensation you may be eligible for. Even if your injury only seems minor, it is important to seek advice from a professional lawyer, as your injury could escalate leading to future loss of earnings or earning capacity, which can be included in your personal injury claim. We will also take care of the claims process on your behalf, so that you can focus on recovery.
Don’t Wait Too Long
Any personal injury case must be filed within 3 years from the date of the injury. Usually, the longer the period between the injury and the claim, the lower the possibility of obtaining full compensation.
Our lawyers will work to gather useful evidence that is to your advantage. However, waiting too long increases the challenge of retrieving substantial evidence and finding valuable witnesses to support your claim. Rather than hesitating, you can rely on our expert personal injury lawyers to provide the best advice based on our rich experience in handling personal injury claims.
Help Us To Help You
When you consult with our lawyers to prepare for your personal injury case, be prepared to bring the relevant paperwork and information you have regarding the accident. Our lawyers will analyse the information and determine how to establish the liability of the other parties so that your claim is more likely to be successful.
– Background information could include:
– Accident information, including parties and witnesses, the date, time and location of the accident, how it happened and any pictures
– Police reports or interviews
– Your medical history and records of treatments for the injury
– The expected medical outcome
– Insurance coverage
– Past and present employment history
Each personal injury case is unique. At your initial consultation, our lawyers may discuss the possible compensation amount, how long the process should take and how legal expenses are handled. Rest assured our lawyers will always aggressively seek the best possible outcome for you.
I.R.B. Law is recognised as a team of leading Singapore contract lawyers with a track record of trustworthiness and reliability in contract matters. Our lawyers have over a century of a combined experience as solicitors and are ready to assist you with your contract matter.
We firmly believe that everyone should be entitled to a legal advice and guidance. Should you be in a position where you may need our assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.