Murrindindi-Marysville bushfire class action registrations to close
11 April 2014
The Supreme Court of Victoria has ordered that people who suffered injury, property or economic loss as a result of the 2009 Murrindindi-Marysville Black Saturday bushfire must now register their compensation claims.
Public notices have been placed in local and metropolitan papers explaining how anyone who is eligible to be part of the class action can register their claim. Importantly, they also outline the risks of not registering before the closing date of 4pm on Friday 2 May, 2014.
"We are working hard to prepare this important case for trial, and now that those people devastated by this bushfire are close to seeing the case go to Court, it's imperative that people who have not already done so register their claims," Ms Patterson said.
"There are no cost risks for affected people to register, but the consequences of not registering with the action are serious.
"Quite simply put, if the class action is successful and you haven't registered your claim by 4pm on 2 May this year, then your ability to recover compensation in the class action will be compromised.
Ms Patterson said that while there may be other options for non-registrants to pursue personal injury claims themselves outside of the class action, and for property loss sufferers to share in a potential judgment by the court, people wanting compensation were safest to register.
"Maurice Blackburn has proudly supported bushfire victims in pursuing their compensation rights since the 2009 fires, and we will continue that - but it is vitally important that people register their claims by the 4pm 2 May timeframe, otherwise they risk missing out."