I have decided to resurrect this thread to update and inform.
Today I signed off on a release to the TAC for a lump sum compensation payment. This is a near final stage in this saga.
The TAC has seen fit to amalgamate the effects of both accidents, ie the one in Canterbury Road in May, 2007, and the one in Warrigal Road in March 2008.
The various professionals who have treated me and examined me have determined that I have a residual impairment as a result of the accidents/events and according to a scale set in black and white I am entitled to a lump sum compensation payment in accordance with the Act/the law.
I was given an interim payment 2 years ago and the final payment will be nearly 3 times that.
Accepting the compensation payment only means that I cannot later claim for any more. I will still have any medical expenses arising from the accidents paid.
While I have moaned about the TAC in the past I am happy that in the long term I have received a good outcome. They have supplied hand strengthening equipment, special gloves, all kinds of weird putty for me to exercise my hands.
A special chair to enable me to go to the toilet; thankfully no longer required. A special chair to enable me to sit at the table, still in use. Crutches, walking stick, special grippers to enable me to pick things up without bending down, compression stockings so that I do not get DVT from inactivity.
I think that credit for a good outcome must go to Maurice Blackburn, the BV solicitors. Once I notified the TAC that they were representing me, things improved. All correspondence was copied to them and MB often explained to me in simple terms what was meant and what the implications were. The good thing is that most of the legal expenses have been picked up by the TAC. This is all according with the legislation.
The outstanding matter is a common law claim against the people who casused the accidents. They are still indemnified by the TAC so it becomes a matter of negotiation. In my case we are still deciding how to play it and how the land lies, that is, what the strength of my claim is.
I hope that this will give some people an idea of what goes on with the TAC in the long term for people who have accidents who are still mobile afterwards and in the community.
My advice to anyone who has an accident on the roads involving a transport vehicle is to employ a specialist transport accident lawyer who can navigate and negotiate around all of the tricky points of the law that thankfully most of us need not know about.
Again I would like to thank all of those forum members who have given me such support and encouragement. The levels of depression one can sink into have to be experienced to be believed and the support does help one to drag yourself up by your own bootstraps.
Stay fixed. Keeping a cool head.