Maurice Blackburn welcomes improved support for injured Victorians

15 September 2015
Law firm Maurice Blackburn has welcomed a new bill introduced into Victorian Parliament today that it says will improve the state’s personal injury compensation scheme.

Maurice Blackburn principal Dimitra Dubrow said the Wrongs Amendment Bill 2015 will increase the financial support available to Victorians injured as a result of negligence.

“Under this bill, injured Victorians can access a maximum of $577,000 in damages for pain and suffering, up from $497,000,” Ms Dubrow said.

“This will lead to better support for injured Victorians, and ensures consistency with the maximum damages available through our state’s workers' compensation scheme.”

Ms Dubrow said the bill recognised the important role of carers by allowing for some financial support where a carer has been injured as a result of negligence.

The bill will also lead to a small increase in the number of Victorians with spinal injuries and psychiatric injuries who can access damages for their pain and suffering.

“It’s important to be looking after the rights of Victorians injured as a result of negligence,” Ms Dubrow said.

“We welcome this bill, and look forward to continuing to work with the Victorian Government to ensure injured Victorians are properly compensated.”