TGB's Barney Gask outlines the key changes under the new motor accident compensation scheme in South Australia.
TGB’s Barney Gask outlines the key changes under the new motor accident compensation scheme in South Australia.
“If a person was injured in an accident yesterday, instead of today, it’s likely they would’ve been much better off, and that’s certainly concerning for victims,” Mr Gask said.
Among the major legislative changes is the introduction of an ISV table, where injuries will need to reach a significant threshold to qualify for pain and suffering compensation or future economic loss.
“It is going to be challenging explaining to clients that an injury like a compound leg fracture, which requires 12 months of rehabilitation, may fail to meet the 10 point threshold,” Mr Gask said.
“Along with the ISV table there is a raft of other changes for injured people to deal with; it is a complex scheme.
“There are still compensation options available to victims but it is now more important than ever to seek legal advice to ensure all entitlements are met.”
The new laws are not retrospective, so people injured in accidents prior to July 1, 2013 will have their claims assessed under the previous system.
Tindall Gask Bentley is the largest personal injury law firm in South Australia, with the largest team of lawyers dedicated to motor vehicle accident claims.
More details on the changes can be found here.