Hannah Cohley, Lawyer
The Minister for Training and Skills, the Hon. Steve Herbert MLC spoke to the Bill and said that it will effectively "…make it easier for certain types of claimants to access compensation for their injuries" because, as mentioned in our previous release it gives claimants access to damages for non-economic loss which, under the current Act they would be denied. This means that more claimants will now be able to recover damages for pain and suffering.
Readers should note that the Bill is expected to become 'operative' once it receives Royal Assent, which is likely to occur over the next week or so.
A copy of the bill and all second reading speeches can be accessed via the Parliament Victoria website
If you would like to learn more about how the new law may impact future claims or require further information please contact Graeme Armstead.
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