Personal Injury Law Experts

So you’ve been in an accident – now what?

Being involved in an accident can be a stressful, confusing time. You may be suffering from a significant injury that is keeping you off work, or receiving costly ongoing treatment for long-term pain or impairment.

Queensland law recognises your right to recover damages (i.e. compensation) where you have suffered a personal injury and a consequential loss as a result of someone else’s fault or negligence.

Why Choose QLD Law Group?



Unlike many other personal injury lawyers, our No-Win No-Fee service includes disbursements, so you won’t be hassled along the way to pay for medical reports or other outlays.



Larger firms will often have you dealing with numerous paralegals and administrative staff. In fact, you may only see a lawyer once or twice during your entire case! At QLD Law Group, you’ll work with one of our professional personal injury lawyers for the duration of your case. This means that you’ll have expert assistance at all times, as well as the assurance and convenience of continuity.



We understand that personal injury claims are extremely time dependant. Our team will move swiftly to ensure that your claim is kept moving and that all related work is completed in a timely and efficient manner.



If you can’t get to our office, we are more than happy to come to you! We can visit you at your home or workplace during business hours, or during some after-hours time periods.

How The Process Works

Every case is unique, and can take a varying amount of time to reach settlement. In general, cases can take between 18 to 28 months to reach settlement, depending on whether or not a negotiation can be reached without requiring court proceedings.

Our team of Personal Injury Law experts will try to keep the claim process as easy and stress-free as possible for you.

  1. We start with an initial meeting to discuss you situation and assess your claim.
  2. We’ll lodge your claim with the insurer and check for claim compliance.
  3. We’ll start to build your case by gathering all required evidence and investigating the incident further.
  4. We can arrange with insurers to fund any required ongoing rehabilitation.
  5. We will arrange all necessary medical and expert’s reports to support your claim.
  6. Negotiation proceedings will take place next, and we’ll aim to reach a settlement for you with the insurer.
  7. If court proceedings are required, we’ll prepare for this with you.
  8. Once settlement has been reached – whether through negotiation or trial – we’ll make sure your payment is processed as quickly as possible.

Our Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions


Does it matter when I make a claim?

Absolutely! There are time limits that apply to all types of personal injury cases, which means it’s important to lodge your claim as soon as possible.


I am back at work. Does that mean I won’t get any compensation?

It’s great to hear that you’re back at work! The short answer is no, being back at work won’t affect how much money you will receive from a successful claim.


Will I be covered for ongoing treatment?

Yes. If you require ongoing treatment as a result of the injuries sustained from an accident, then you can claim for any necessary care or assistance you will require in the future.


I wasn’t alone when the accident occurred. Who has a right to make a claim?

Passengers in a motor vehicle accident have the right to seek damages if they were injured as a result of the accident. For example, if you were in a motor accident with your wife or children – even if you were at fault – they have the right to make a claim for their injuries.


Can a minor make a personal injury claim?

Yes, a minor can make a claim. If someone is injured as a result of an accident and they are under 18 years of age when it happened, they have until they are 21 years of age to lodge a claim.

Our Legal Experts, Your Success

Our team are passionate about making a difference. in the lives of clients who have suffered adversity.

Each of our Personal Injury Law experts are experienced, senior lawyers in our firm. They each have a wide experience in different areas of personal injury law, and together they have overseen 1,000s of successful cases.

Shane Alexander

Areas of Law

Motor Vehicle Matters, Business, Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Shane has lived on the Gold Coast for the past twelve years and has an extensive local knowledge and contacts within its commercial sector. Shane represents many high profile Gold Coast organisations and acts as the legal adviser to sporting and charitable bodies. He is highly regarded for his ability to achieve excellent outcomes for […]

Peter Tregenza

Areas of Law

Motor Vehicle Matters, Business, International Law and Sports Law
Peter holds degrees in Economics and Law and is admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland. He previously practiced as a Barrister and has extensive experience in the practice of Criminal Law and, since joining QLD Law Group, has broadened his knowledge and experience in the field of motor vehicle matters tribunal […]

Jennie Goff

Areas of Law

Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Jennie holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wollongong. She worked as a Medical Scientist at leading Sydney hospitals while studying law. After completing her Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Wollongong, Jennie was admitted to practice in New South Wales approximately 15 years ago. Jennie worked for a number […]

Denise Hawthorne

Areas of Law

Negligence, Breach of Duty of Care, Compensation, Criminal, Business Law
Denise’s legal career began in 1987 and after Articles of Clerkship was admitted as a solicitor in 1989. For nearly 30 years, Denise has enjoyed a legal career covering diverse areas, all including a commitment to looking after the interests of the individual client. Those areas have included criminal law, negligence and damages, compensation and […]

James Tregenza

Areas of Law

Compensation, Litigation and Criminal Law
James holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Diploma of Legal Practice from the Queensland University of Technology. He is currently studying for his Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting and Finance. James has been recently admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court, having previously worked as a Law Clerk with the firm since […]

Esther Wangatau

Areas of Law

Compensation Law

Esther began working with the QLD Law Group in 2019. Prior to 2019, Esther has worked with other prominent compensation firms specialising in compensation law. Esther is very passionate about making a difference in her community and feels specialising in Compensation Law helps make a difference. Esther truly believes she has the ability to make […]

Chris Green

Areas of Law

Compensation, Property and Estates
“The Baron of Burpengary” Chris is the Managing Solicitor of the Burpengary and Woodford Offices of Qld Law Group. He heads a multi disciplinary team that offers “across the board” services including Compensation, the buying and selling of real estate and businesses, Wills, Powers of Attorney, Leases, Commercial and Criminal matters. Chris has practised extensively […]
John Merlo

John Merlo

Areas of Law

Construction Law

Considered one of the foremost go-to experts in Australia for the construction and engineering industry John Merlo
provides any level of advice and assistance with front end or back end project requirements from conception through inception and completion.

Prior to joining Qld Law Group John operated his own nationally operative firm Merlo Law and acted in all states except Tasmania. John was approached by the international consultancy firm Clariden Global and designed and lead a series of thought leadership conferences on contract negotiation and preparation to ASX 100 clients in four states.

John’s experience is multifaceted and he is a leader in his field.


John is one of the foremost exponents in adjudication in Australia, having handled millions of dollars in claims Australia wide.

John has expert knowledge of the different state and territories payment legislation regimes and the different nuances of case law in each jurisdiction.

John has been regularly renowned for his incisive application of the law and ability to utilise expert evidence to produce results.

Contract preparation and negotiation

John is internationally renowned for his contract preparation and negotiation skills, having drafted and negotiated all manner of contracts at all tiers for the construction industry Australia wide.

In 2014, John was invited to design and lead a series of thought leadership conferences and workshops in contract preparation and negotiation skills in four states for ASX 100 companies.

Ryan O’Sullivan

Areas of Law

Paralegal – Compensation Law

Ryan began working with the QLD Law Group in 2019 as a Paralegal in the compensation team. Prior to 2019, Ryan has worked with other prominent compensation firms specialising in compensation law. Ryan enjoys working in this specific area of law and finds it rewarding providing clients with access to rehabilitation and compensation. Ryan has […]

Wanda Senefili

Areas of Law

Paralegal – Compensation Law

Wanda is one of our newest team members, joining the team in 2019! Wanda brings with her previous experience in compensation law helping clients achieve great outcomes. Whilst working at the QLD Law Group Wanda is also completing her Practical Legal Training certification and is expected to be admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme […]

Don’t Run Out Of Time To Make Your Claim!

Even if you’re not sure whether you have an entitlement to claim, we are more than happy to talk through your situation and answer any questions you may have.

Check your rights & entitlements. Get a free case review with our team via the form below or call 1300 QLD LAW.