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69 Amelia Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

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Business Overview

Workplace; Motor Vehicle (including all road accidents, car accidents, truck accidents, bus accidents); Bicycle; Motorcycle; Pedestrian; Public Liability and other Personal Injury Claims Accident Specialists including TPD and super claims. Splatt Lawyers provide a No Win No Fee service. Call now free for advice.

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Our Team Profiles

Kerry Splatt
Name

Kerry Splatt

Position

Principal

Profile

Kerry Splatt, BA, LLB (UQ), Qld Law Society, Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law. Kerry Splatt is the firm's Principal and was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia in 1982. Kerry is also admitted as a Solicitor of the High Court of England and Wales. Kerry is able to act for clients with matters arising in both of these countries. Kerry was an Associate to a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Queensland, a tutor in contract law at QUT and has volunteered at the Caxton Street Legal Service. Kerry has also served on the following committees: - Accredited Specialist Board of the Queensland Law Society; Queensland branch of the Australian Lawyers Alliance; Queensland Law Society Insurance Law Task Force Working with the Queensland Government and Insurers in relation to the reform of Insurance Law; Consumer Law Committee of the Law Council of Australia; Queensland Law Society Court Practice and Procedure Committee; Under Kerry's leadership, our team of outstanding legal professionals are committed to maximising successful outcomes for our clients.

Renee Zackeresen
Name

Renee Zackeresen

Position

Special Counsel

Profile

Renee has been in the legal industry since 1994 and was admitted as a Solicitor in 2006.  Renee commenced with Splatt Lawyers in October 2013.

 

Renee is driven by her desire to assist clients obtain the best outcomes and for her love of the law.  Renee is a member of the Queensland Law Society and the Australian Lawyers Alliance. 

 

Renee is also a pnael member of BLEATS.

Kellie-Jo Finlay
Name

Kellie-Jo Finlay

Position

Solicitor

Profile

Kellie practices in the areas of insurance, workplace health and safety and personal injury law.

Kellie is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and commenced work at Splatt Lawyers in June 2014.

Kellie previously worked with WorkCover Queensland as an in-house Claims Manager/Solicitor for over 6 years.  Kellie has significant experience in claims management for common law claims for injured workers.

 

 

Pauline Smith
Name

Pauline Smith

Position

Senior Managing Law Clerk

Profile

After finishing high school Pauline commenced work at Williams & Williams, one of Queensland’s leading and well respected legal firms. Since that time Pauline has worked solely in the legal industry and has over 25 years legal experience and is well respected by her peers. Pauline commenced her employment with KM Splatt & Associates in March 2001 and is our Senior Paralegal. Her knowledge and understanding has brought great strength to the team. Pauline believes that her greatest privilege in her career is being able to assist the firm’s clients and make a real different to their lives.

Patrick Smith
Name

Patrick Smith

Position

Consultant Client Relations Manager

Profile

Patrick joined the firm in May 2007after 20 years client relations experience with several of Queensland’s most customer focused organisations. He prides himself on exceptional client service quality and personalised attention designed to meet our clients’ needs. The firm places a strong focus on the wellbeing and needs of our clients and Patrick’s positive attitude, excellent communication skills and a strong desire to achieve the best results for our clients is very evident.

Samuel Kenny
Name

Samuel Kenny

Position

Solicitor

Profile

Sam started working part-time at KM Splatt & Associates in 2011 whilst studying law at Bond University. He has a keen interest in the litigation process and is committed to achieving the best outcomes for clients. He completed his education at St Joseph’s College Gregory Terrace in 2004 and commenced his law degree in 2008. Away from work he enjoys running and spending time on the Gold Coast with family and friends. He demonstrates enthusiasm, dedication and an appreciation for individuals who have been involved in motor vehicle and workplace accidents.

Richard Elson
Name

Richard Elson

Position

Solicitor

Profile

Richard is from Brisbane and completed his schooling at St Joseph's College Gregory Terrace in 2006.  Richard completed his Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) in 2010 and anticipates graduating from his Bachelor of Laws from QUT at the end of 2013.

 

Richard joined Splatt Lawyers in March 2008, working part-time whilst completing his tertiary studies.  He brings an extensive and diverse knowledge base from his experence in a number of industries ranging from health to construction.

 

Richard is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland.

 

 

 

 

 

Pauline Stalley
Name

Pauline Stalley

Position

Senior Paralegal

Profile

Pauline is a Senior Paralegal who has worked for K M Splatt & Associates since 1997 and has over 33 years legal experience. Pauline has the day to day responsibility for the management of the post settlement section and is committed to dealing with each file with a high degree of professionalism and efficiency and ensuring the client is kept informed at all times during the post settlement process.

Nella Ray
Name

Nella Ray

Position

Legal Assistant

Profile

Nella is a paralegal who assists Anna-Britt Kjellgren and her team.

Maria Dunleavy
Name

Maria Dunleavy

Position

Legal Assistant

Profile

Maria is a paralegal who assists Nicholas Scott and his team.

Celena Lloyd
Name

Celena Lloyd

Position

Legal Assistant

Profile

Celena is a paralegal who assists Sam Kenny and his team.

Articles

TPD and Super Claims

Ever received your superannuation statement.... And just checked to see your employer has paid your super and filed it? Well you are not the only one. Most people do not realise that they have insurance attached to their superannuation for times when they are unable to work as a result of illness or injury. Total and Permanent Disablement Insurance is a benefit attached to your superannuation that is a benefit separate to amounts paid by your employer or yourself.

Testimonials

Please note that the following testimonials are collected, supplied and maintained by KM Splatt and Associates.

Carissa , Queensland

I rang a legal advice line and found Splatt Lawyers.  I found them to be warm, welcoming and easy to talk to.

Andrew , Queensland

I was referred to Splatt Lawyers by my previous legal representative.  I found Splatt Lawyers to be friendly, compassionate and thorough.

Gail , New Zealand

"I was very impressed with two of your staff in particiular.  They are Nella Ray and Anna-Brit Kjellgren.  I fetl that Nella always went tht "extra" mile and Anna was very patient and understanding. She helped me through (what I thought) a very stressful process.  Anna needs to be congratulated for getting this case over the line."

 

Kyran , Queensland

"The staff are nice and lovely outgoing people with heart to the clients".

Anon , Queensland

"I found the staff willing to answer all our questions in a very professional way. They were very helpful and courteous, truthful and fought for mne to get the best outcome". 

Gene , Brisbane

"I found the staff at Splatt Lawyers to be very helpful in every way possible".

Melissa S , Queensland

"Overall very quick at a result".

 

Tracey R. , Queensland

"I have found all staff extremely helpful at all times.  They have absolutely dealt with my claim with my best interest at heart - not to benefit them.  I would highly recommend KM Splatt & Associates".

Cally S. , Queensland

"They were so kind and always let me know what was happening".

Gay , Queensland

Everybody was professional all the way.

Zoe , Brisbane

Referred to Splatt Lawyers by another firm.  I found the staff at Splatt Lawyers friendly and helpful.

Marlyn , Queensland

Keep up the good work.  Service with a smile, friendly.

Robert , Brisbane

Very good.

Temnit , Brisbane

Excellent service. Quite pleased with them.

Diane , Queensland

Good knowledge of company.  Good telephone manner, polite, friendly and approachable.

Sandra , Brisbane

Polite and helpful.

Ian , Queensland

Very polite and clear speaking.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is an accident on my direct way to or from work a work related accident?

If you have a car accident on your direct way to or from work you will need to lodge a notice of claim with the correct third party insurer.

You will also need to lodge an application for compensation with WorkCover. However, as is the usual case, there will be no negligence alleged against your employer so a common law claim will proceed only against the compulsory third party insure.

Who can claim?

No, it is against unfair dismissal laws for your employer to fire you for making a personal injuries claim.

If I am injured at work and make a claim, will I lose my job?

No, it is against unfair dismissal laws for your employer to fire you for making a personal injuries claim.

What if I can't prove someone's negligence caused my injury?

If you cannot prove negligence against another party than you cannot make a common law claim. However, there may be other statutory bodies or insurance agencies through whom you may be able receive compensation. You should seek legal advice regarding this.

How to claim personal injury compensation in Queensland, Australia.

The claims process in Queensland can often seem illogical and confusing to people who are not familiar with the various systems that operate in Queensland. It is for that reason that we advise that you should click contact us so that we may advise you as to the best course of action.

Generally, the claim process is initiated by lodging of a notice of claim form, of which there are several types depending upon the type of accident, i.e., WorkCover / work related, road accident / motor vehicle, public liability or medical negligence. It is necessary for the plaintiff to lodge the correct notice of claim with the relevant insurer / defendant within the time frames stipulated by the particular act governing the action. Furthermore it is necessary that the claim form be deemed a complying claim form within the time limits.

It is often necessary that a medical certificate from your doctor accompany the notice of claim. Once the notice of claim form has been deemed ‘compliant’ the action will be governed by the relevant provisions of the applicable legislation pursuant to which the notice of claim has been served.

For assistance in drafting a notice of claim or to seek further advice regarding making a claim in Queensland Australia, click make a free compensation claim enquiry.

How long after successfully concluding a claim do I get my money?

It will take up to 3 months for the settlement monies to be passed on to you after settlement, in more complex court related matters this could be longer. This is because a cost assessment needs to made, an agreement as to costs met, and repayments made to Medicare etc.

Does Accident Compensation Advice only deal with accidents and injuries that happen in Queensland, Australia?

Does Accident Compensation Advice only deal with accidents and injuries that happen in Queensland, Australia?

Accident Compensation Advice deal mainly with accidents and injuries that were sustained in Queensland. This is because Accident Compensation Advice solicitors are only admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia. However, we also deal with Motor Vehicle accidents in New South Wales. We are able to act for any person from any corner of the world who may have been injured in Queensland whilst, for example, on holiday.

Is this service confidential?

Yes, your details will only be kept on our file and kept for our use and the use of our barristers. Your information will not be passed on to any other person without your express permission.

How long will the claim take to be dealt with?

This is a difficult question. A rough average would be two years however this can greatly vary. It is IRRESPONSIBLE and UNFAIR to settle a claim before your injuries have stabilised as you may be missing out on due compensation. To that end, it is almost impossible to settle a claim within 12 months. The time it takes to settle a claim is influenced by a number of factors but mainly the types of injuries you have an the time that you take to recover from them. The length of some claims are also determined by the legal process or sometimes the attitude of the defendant insurer and/or solicitor towards a particular claim. Your solicitor will able to give you an approximate indication as to the time your claim will take and a more definite indication once medical reports are received and in light of any other complications that may arise.

Do I have to pay costs and outlays throughout the claims process?

No. All professional costs and outlays are only paid upon the successful conclusion of the claim and deducted from the settlement sum. It is illegal to take a percentage of the claim as costs must be assessed by an independent assessor as to the actual work done.

What if a person dies before bringing a personal injury lawsuit?

The deceased person’s estate via the executor of the estate may be able to make a personal injuries claim and should seek legal advice immediately. Click here to do so. Moreover, dependents and people having witnessed the accident may also be able to make a claim and should also seek legal advice immediately.

If I drive for my job, and have a road accident during my work is it a workcover claim or a road accident claim?

The simple answer is both. If you have a car accident at work you will need to lodge a notice of claim with the correct third party insurer.

You will also need to lodge an application for compensation with WorkCover. However, as is the usual case, there will be no negligence alleged against your employer so a common law claim will proceed only against the compulsory third party insurer.

How can I be confident in the advice provided by my accredited specialist solicitor?

By using an accredited specialist you can be confident in your advice. The firm also allows second opinions from barristers and other accredited specialists.

How much will my claim be worth?

No Solicitor, irrespective of their experience or knowledge is able to tell you how much your claim will be worth from the outset. This is because the amount your claim will be worth is based upon the medical reports that will be complied as evidence in your claim and your individual circumstances including the impact of the injury has on your life.

At times liability considerations (eg contributory negligence) can have a significant impact on the quantum of your claim. Once all relevant reports have been obtained and information considered your solicitor will be able to recommend offers to you to submit to the defendant, however before such time any indication as the quantum of your claim is a mere stab in the dark.

Is there any other basis for personal injury liability besides negligence?

Various states in addition to WorkCover may have a statutory scheme of compensation. Such systems are ineffective and cannot provide the compensation that the common law can, however, to receive money from these statutory schemes you do not have to prove negligence against the wrongdoer.

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One of the most common questions raised by our clients is how they can assist us with their personal injury claim. Everyone’s situation is different and each personal injury claim is different, they can progress at a different pace or in a different way.

Super and TPD Claims

Ever received your superannuation statement.... And just checked to see your employer has paid your super and filed it? Well you are not the only one. Most people do not realise that they have insurance attached to their superannuation for times when they are unable to work as a result of illness or injury. Total and Permanent Disablement Insurance is a benefit attached to your superannuation that is a benefit separate to amounts paid by your employer or yourself.

Business Hours

Monday 08:00am to 06:00pm
Tuesday 08:00am to 06:00pm
Wednesday 08:00am to 06:00pm
Thursday 08:00am to 06:00pm
Friday 08:00am to 06:00pm
Saturday By Appointment Only
Sunday By Appointment Only

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