There are strict timeframes for lodgement of your notice of claim under the legislation.

The notice must be given:

  • within three months if it is to be given to the Nominal Defendant because the motor vehicle cannot be identified; or
  • in any other case whichever of the following dates is earlier:
    • within nine months after the motor vehicle crash or, if symptoms of the injury are not immediately apparent, the first appearance of symptoms of the injury;
    • if you have a solicitor managing your claim, within one month of the first consultation with the solicitor.

Your claim could be rejected if you lodge outside the timeframes. Early lodgement of your claim will assist in early access to treatment and rehabilitation if required.

If you are under 18 years at the time of the crash, different timeframes apply. For children, timeframes to lodge a claim do not commence until the child turns 18.


Last modified 6 December 2020


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