Queensland Law Society

NIIS laws a win for vulnerable Queenslanders: QLS

New National Injury Insurance Scheme was a win for Queenslanders affected by catastrophic injury, according to Queensland Law Society.

Society president Bill Potts said he was particularly pleased the Palaszczuk Labor Government had listened to QLS’s submission to retain the choice of common law rights for people who sustained catastrophic injuries.

“The Society has advocated long and hard for people who have suffered catastrophic injury to retain their common law rights, as this gives them the freedom to control their destiny,” he said.

“It is very encouraging to see the NIIS Bill is largely consistent with the views we have presented on numerous occasions.”

Mr Potts said the retention of common law rights allowed victims of catastrophic injury to be cared for in their own communities, supported by family and friends and attended to by the carers of their choice.

“Catastrophically injured people have had much taken away by fate, and it is good to see that this choice at least remains; also, the experts tell us that better recovery outcomes are achieved when people are surrounded by family and friends," he said.

“Given that this model is also the most financially stable, this legislation represents a win for fiscal responsibility and the community at large.

“QLS is grateful to the Motor Accidents Insurance Commission which has consulted with QLS and other stakeholders throughout the process.

“I would like to acknowledge the work of all stakeholders and members of the Accident Compensation/Tort Law Committee who worked hard to ensure that the rights of our most vulnerable citizens are protected.”

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For further information, please contact Tony Keim on 07 3842 5835, mobile 0488 433 884 or via email, media@qls.com.au.