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    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Increase in damages available for personal injuries

    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Sunday, October 04, 2009

    Increase in damages available for personal injuries

    Attorney General Cameron Dick today announced new legislation which will increase the maximum amounts available for personal injury compensation in Queensland.

    Mr Dick is proposing to introduce the Civil Liability and Other Legislation Amendment Bill to Parliament next week.

    “This legislation will increase the maximum caps, for the first time in six years, on general damages available under the Civil Liability Act 2003 for personal injuries,” Mr Dick said.

    “These amendments ensure Queenslanders continue to receive compensation that is fair and which reflects current standards of living.

    “Suffering a personal injury can have a significant effect on every aspect of someone’s life.

    “The increase in the amount of general damages is a recognition of the pain and suffering an individual can experience as a result of a devastating personal injury.

    “We know that money can never truly compensate for injuries of this type, but these changes seek to set out a fair and equitable system of compensation.

    “The Bligh Government is ensuring compensation levels are reflective of the current costs of living.

    “These amendments will afford injured persons the monetary compensation they need to help them get on with their lives.

    “The amendments also ensure a de facto partner of an injured person is now able to claim for loss of earnings,” he said.

    Mr Dick said the amendments will also abolish the statutory limitation period for dust-related disease claims including asbestosis, mesothelioma and silicosis.

    “The removal of the statutory limitation period for dust-relates diseases will deliver significant benefits to sufferers, by improving their access to justice and reducing the costs and stress associated with pursuing a claim,” Mr Dick said.

    “While the dangers of asbestos are now well known, the harmful effects on individuals, families and society continues.

    “Few precautions and protections were available to workers exposed to asbestos in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

    “This amendment will have retrospective effect to ensure it captures current cases of dust-related disease originating from exposure during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

    The new caps on general damages will apply to injuries arising from 1 July 2010. The amendments also ensure that going forward the caps will be annually indexed to average weekly earnings.

    Under the new legislation the maximum damages available will increase from $250,000 to $294,500.

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    Injury

    Injury Scale Value

    Currently worth

    Maximum from 1 July 2010 will be worth

    Serious Facial Injury

    14 to 25

    $16,600 to $35,000

    $19,550 to $41,220

    Loss of one eye

    26 to 30

    $37,000 to $45,000

    $43,560 to $53,000

    Loss of one testicle

    2 to 10

    $2000 to $11,000

    $2360 to $12,950

    Loss of both kidneys

    56 to 75

    $110,360 to $166,400

    $130,000 to $196,000

    Loss of one arm from the shoulder

    50 to 65

    $93,800 to $136,100

    $110,500 to $160,300

    Loss of one hand

    35-60

    $56,000 to $121,400

    $65,950 to $143,000

    Loss of a finger

    5 to 20

    $5000 to $26,000

    $5900 to $30,600

    Loss of one leg above the knee

    35 to 50

    $56,000 to $93,800

    $65,950 to $110,500

    Loss of one foot

    20 to 35

    $26,000 to $56,000

    $30,600 to $65,950

    Total loss of hair on head

    11 to 15

    $12,400 to $18,000

    $14,600 to $21,200