BY MILES KEMP
CAR crash victims who have suffered broken limbs, a loss of vision, or even some brain damage, are being refused pain-and-suffering compensation because of changes to the compulsory third-party insurance scheme, the Law Society has revealed. And lawyers have warned that others are being refused compensation for loss of future wages, even if they are unable to return to work because of their injuries.
Specialist compensation law firm DBH Lawyers is turning away around half the injured crash victims seeking to make claims because they are no longer eligible for compensation.
DBH partner Peter Humphries and Law Society president Morry Bailes have told The Advertiser that with the first cases since the changes on July 1, 2013, now being finalised, the public should be fully aware of the consequences of the amendments.
“The State Government has been less than honest with the people of this state,” Mr Bailes said.
Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis, however, says lawyers complaining about the scheme are motivated by their own commercial interests. Under the new system, drivers have to score more than 11 out of 100 points on an injuryseverity scale to get compensation over and above loss of income and medical bills, or “pain and suffering” payments.