Step 1. Send a letter of demand
Send a letter of demand to the other party, seeking your full loss and attaching a quote. You should get itemised quotes. Generally, it is a good idea to get more than one quote. The letter should tell the other person how much you are claiming in total, and when you would like the money to be paid to you. A letter of demand must be sent before legal action, but you can make other settlement offers if you are willing to settle for less than your full loss. You should mark any negotiations “without prejudice” so you can argue that they cannot be used as admissions in litigation in the future but can be used in relation to any dispute about the costs of proceedings – this correspondence must also have a clear offer of a negotiated outcome (such as a full and final settlement offer of a reduced amount). Use our Sample Insurance Letter of Demand on our website. You can also read the information provided by LawAccess NSW about letters of demand. If the demand is not met, you will need to consider whether to commence a claim in court. See:
- Should you go to court on the Law Access NSW website.
LawAccess NSW also provides information about making a claim following a car accident. You should seek independent legal advice before pursuing the other party in court. Start by contacting LawAccess NSW on 1300 888 529. Court action may involve engaging a private solicitor. To find a private solicitor, go to the NSW Law Society website. If you have limited means, you can also contact your local Community Legal Centre.