October 6, 2009

New laws increasing payouts, protecting asbestos victims and recognising loss of wages for de facto partners will be introduced to parliament this week.

Attorney-General Cameron Dick will introduce the Civil Liability and Other Legislation Amendment Bill, which increases the maximum caps on damages for personal injuries from $250,000 to $294,500.

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

“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.”

The amendments also ensure a de facto partner of an injured person can claim for loss of earnings, he said.

The changes 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.

“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 and will be annually indexed to average weekly earnings.

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