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10 top tips about motor vehicle property damage – what to do if you are not insured.

If it’s not been your lucky day and you have been in a motor vehicle accident caused by the fault of another driver (and you are not at fault), then there are a number of things that you should do: After you have taken the details of all the people involved in the accident, including names an..

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Abiding by the bicycle road rules – what you need to know

Whether you’re cycling to work, to the shops or the kids to school or if you’re in a car zooming past a cyclist, you need to be aware of the rules under which cyclists are governed. Under the Queensland Road Rules (http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Safety/Queensland-Road-Rules.aspx) bicycles are con..

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Avoiding car accidents: Avoiding driver distractions

Motor vehicle accidents are worryingly common – there were thousands last year in Queensland alone. Many different factors can cause crashes, including driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, speeding and fatigue. With regular campaigns designed to lower the instance of these facto..

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Avoiding car accidents: Car safety checks – Safety certificates

What is a safety certificate? In November 1999, the safety certificate replaced the roadworthy certificate. A safety certificate covers basic things that could affect the safe operation of the vehicle, such as: tyres brakes steering suspension body rust or damage windscreen l..

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Avoiding car accidents: Managing fatigue

Driving tired A tired driver is a dangerous driver. There are no two ways about it. Drowsy drivers tend to make more mistakes on the road because sleepiness slows reaction time and impairs judgment. While nobody is immune to feeling tired, studies show that some people are more likely to be..

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Be prepared – Emergency Information

Today’s blog focuses on what to do in an emergency situation, who to call and in particular some strategies for teaching kids about what to when an emergency situation arises. Kids need to learn how and when to call triple zero (000) and there are some great games to teach them. There’s no h..

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Building Industry workers’ compensation information

With the boom in real estate, particularly in the mining areas, you would expect a number of building projects to kick off, giving the industry the much needed boost it needs to get back on its feet. Residential apartments, Stand-alone houses, office buildings, hospitals, schools and government ..

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Compulsory Third Party (CTP) Insurance Overview

Compulsory Third Party Insurance (or CTP Insurance) covers the driver of a vehicle who is at fault in a motor vehicle accident for injury that is sustained by either their passengers or other road users. CTP Insurance is included as a compulsory component of your vehicle registration. While it i..

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Contractor workers’ compensation information

It’s easy to feel confident about the work you do, whether you’re a construction worker or a nurse, when you know that your company’s got your back when you do get in an accident while at your place of work. You undergo health and safety trainings to make sure that you know the procedures so you..

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Do You Need Income Protection Insurance?

In the current global financial turmoil, having an alternative source of income can help a lot especially during severe financial distress. What will happen if you suddenly lose your job? Who will support your family’s needs? Who will pay for tuition fees, the mortgage and the monthly bills? The..

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Dog Attacks – When Cuddly Pets Become Ferocious

Dogs can be so cuddly and adorable but when bad luck strikes, these furry animals can cause some serious injuries. Queensland has implemented strict policies when it comes to ownership of pets like cats and dogs. The Animal Management Act of 2008 which was passed on December 11, 2008, promot..

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Emergency Phone Numbers in Brisbane

We thought we’d give you a list of emergency phone numbers for you to have on hand should something unforeseen happen. Here is our list that you can easily print out: Service Contact Number Ambulance 000 Police 000 Fire Brigade 000 ..

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Family vehicle rego freeze

Queensland registration fees will be frozen for three years from 1 July 2012 for more than 2.5 million family vehicles. Eligible vehicles must be used for private purposes and include cars (sedans, wagons, convertibles), light commercial vehicles not over 4.5 tonne (panel vans, utilities, du..

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FAQ – Personal Injuries Compensation Claims

We are asked lots of questions about personal injury compensation claims, here we answer those most frequently asked. Is the first consultation obligation free? Yes. We are happy to discuss your situation and determine if we can assist you during a no obligation free consultation. Are you “N..

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Health and community services workers’ compensation information

The health and community services sector is responsible for our health and well-being. This sector includes hospitals, clinics, retirement and nursing homes. We rely on the workers in this sector to take care of us, and our loved ones at our time of need. Should these workers have some sort ..

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How to keep yourself and your family safe this Christmas

The holidays are fast approaching and it’s time for people to celebrate the end of the year with office parties, Christmas catch-ups and New Years celebrations. There are plenty of parties, days without work, vacation trips with the family and the like. Unfortunately, the celebrations are paired..

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Manufacturing health and safety compensation information

When you work in the manufacturing industry, the first thing that you, as a worker, should know is your entitlement to workers’ compensation in the event of a work-related accident (http://www.sinnamonlawyers.com.au/legal-services/work-accidents). Though companies and organisations try their bes..

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Misunderstood Road Rules (New South Wales edition)

When was the last time you studied the road rules? Was it when you applied for your licence? A lot of rules may have changed slightly or drastically since then so it is time to refresh your knowledge. The New South Wales government Department of Transport, Roads & Maritime Services have ..

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Misunderstood Road Rules (Queensland edition)

We often encounter circumstances where our client has been injured in an accident caused by another driver’s lack of understanding of the road rules. The Department of Transport and Main Roads has published a Road Rules Refresher pamphlet which clarifies the Top 10 Misunderstood Road Rules. ..

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Money saving ideas when you’re not receiving your regular income

It’s never going to seem like enough, but people sure work out that life’s pretty great when you’re earning an income, the bills are met, mortgage repayments covered and the grocery bill comes and goes. It’s sometimes easy to be lenient with your purchases when your income is regular. Howeve..

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Money Saving Tips: Maximising Your Income

Making ends meet can be quite challenging these days but there really is no need to fret. You can say goodbye to that splitting headache that you always get whenever you budget for groceries, house expenses and all other financial concerns. By doing some simple yet effective techniques, you can ..

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Progressing a Personal Injuries Claim

We are often asked by our clients how they can assist to progress their personal injury claim (http://www.sinnamonlawyers.com.au/our-services/personal-injury-lawyer) to settlement. While every situation is unique and each personal injury claim progresses in a different way at a different pace, w..

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Reducing the chance of a public liability claim at your next party

Hosting a party for a birthday or any other occasion can be a lot of fun. However, it is important that both you and your guests are safe at all times. If an injury occurs on your private property, you may be made responsible in a public liability claim for a breach of duty of care. It is import..

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Rehabilitation after an accident

Car accidents (http://www.sinnamonlawyers.com.au/legal-services/car-accidents-qld) are almost always events that cause trauma to a person in one way or another – whether it is emotionally, financially or physically. Whilst financial damage can be difficult to deal with in the short term, it’..

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Road Rules – do you need a refresher?

There’s been some discussion lately around the place about how badly people are driving on the roads now…people not giving way when merging, driver aggression, poor road sense…so we thought we’d all take a little refresher when it comes to what to do on the road…are you up f..

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Spotting speed camera locations in and around Brisbane

We all know it…it’s easy to do…but be careful…there are plenty of speed cameras planted around Brisbane! . The Queensland police say that these marked speed cameras are for the purpose of catching drivers who are going beyond the allowed maximum speeds and assigned to discip..

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Staying Safe at Work: Hazardous Jobs Made Less Risky

Almost all occupations involve some risk but there are those that are just far more dangerous than others. The most hazardous jobs include working in a construction site, being a logger, miner or firefighter and those are just to mention a few. The truth can not be concealed that these jobs ..

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Teach your kids the skill of dialing 000 for emergency situations

When kids reach the age when they’re accepted in preschools, one of the first things that teachers teach them is their name, address and phone number. This kind of information is vital for the kids to know so that in cases when they get lost or stray away from their parents at the mall, people w..

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Time Limits in Personal Injury Claims

If you have been injured there are very strict time frames in which you must act to protect your right to compensation. We have put together a brief guide to help you understand the time frames associated with personal injury claims when the injury occurs in Queensland. There are exceptions to t..

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Top tips for avoiding traffic

Is the traffic getting worse or is it just us? It seems as though the traffic in Brisbane has come to a standstill and it affecting the way live, work (and shop)! A recent study (http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/traffic-survey-finds-brisbane-commuters-have-longest-travel-times-i..

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What to do if you or a loved one has been in a motor vehicle accident

1. The number one thing to do if you’ve been in a motor vehicle accident is to seek medical attention immediately. 2. You should also advise the police as soon as possible. If you are unable to report the accident immediately and the police did not attend the accident scene, you should do so..

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What you need to know: Motor Vehicle Accidents

It’s important to know what to do in any emergency situation (particularly one with legal implications) but too often, it’s difficult to understand what your rights & obligations actually are. We’ve tried to simplify this and put it in layman’s terms for you in our “What you need to know..

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