What is Compensation?
Compensation is something given to someone in recognition of a loss, suffering or injury. Compensation is usually money (known as “financial compensation”) but can also be a replacement item or service.
In the Northern Territory, the three most common types of compensation are:
- Victims of Crime Compensation – a scheme for people to claim compensation, including financial compensation and medical or counselling services, after they have been injured from a violent act, witnessed a violent act or a family member or related person of the victim
- Motor Accident Compensation – a scheme for people to claim compensation after being injured in a motor vehicle accident. The scheme also covers the dependents of a person who died as a result of a motor vehicle accident
- Workers Compensation – In the Northern Territory, workers who suffer a work-related injury or illness may be entitled to compensation and benefits to assist them in returning to suitable work. Generally, TEWLS provides referrals to private lawyers for these matters.
TEWLS holds particular expertise in Victims of Crime Compensation, particularly where there has been domestic and family violence and/or sexual violence.
When should I get help with Compensation?
You might consider seeking legal advice if you answer “yes” to any of the below questions:
- Have your been injured as a result of an act of violence, including domestic and family violence?
- Have you been involved in a motor vehicle accident?