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Termination of statutory benefits under the Motor Accident Injuries Act 2017

Anyone who sustains an injury in a motor vehicle accident is entitled to statutory benefits under the Motor Accidents Injuries Act 2017

If a person suffers an injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident, then statutory benefits are now payable under the new Motor Accident Injuries Act 2017 whether or not the accident was caused by the fault of the person to whom the statutory benefits are payable. This means that anyone who sustains an injury in a motor vehicle accident is entitled to statutory benefits under the Motor Accidents Injuries Act 2017 (with some limited exceptions).

Such statutory benefits are payable by the motor vehicle CTP insurer directly to the injured person. If the accident is a motor accident concerning only one motor vehicle involved, then a claim is made against the CTP insurer of that vehicle. If the motor vehicle accident involves more than one vehicle, then a claim is made against the CTP insurer of the vehicle you consider at fault.

Statutory benefits are payable for 26 weeks and include payment of weekly compensation if you are unfit for work and payment of reasonable and necessary medical expenses.

To make a claim for statutory benefits, you need to apply for personal injury benefits by completing an Application for Personal Injury Benefits form and obtain from your doctor a Certificate for Fitness. A claim can be made through the SIRA website found here – https://www.sira.nsw.gov.au/

Lawyers are generally not involved in the initial claim for statutory benefits under the act. There is no allowance for payment of any legal fees to assist a person injured in a motor vehicle accident to make a claim.

A claim should be made within 28 days from the date of the motor vehicle accident and the accident must be reported to the police.

An entitlement to statutory benefits, therefore, requires no more than for you to have sustained an injury from a motor vehicle accident.

When do statutory payments cease?

Statutory benefits cease to be payable after 26 weeks if the insurer can prove one of the following:

  1. That the motor accident was caused wholly or mostly by the fault of the person claiming statutory benefits
  2. The persons injury resulting from the motor vehicle accident were minor injuries.

If the accident was your fault payments will cease after 26 weeks.

A motor accident is deemed to have been caused mostly by the fault of a person if the contributory negligence of that person is greater than 61%.

An insurer, therefore, can only terminate statutory benefits if it has evidence to satisfy one of the above two matters. If an insurer does not investigate liability and has no information about liability or the injury, then the insurer cannot discontinue statutory benefits.

The insurer within the 26 week period should conduct an investigation in relation to the accident to determine whether the person who is claiming statutory benefits was wholly or mostly at fault and whether or not the injuries resulting from the motor vehicle accident were minor injuries.

The insurer is then required to make a decision within the 26 weeks as to whether they will cease payment of statutory benefits.

Insurers have been making decisions to cease benefits without making proper investigations on either liability or whether someone has a minor injury. The onus is on the CTP insurer to positively prove that the person claiming statutory benefits was at fault or to positively prove that the person who is claiming statutory benefits has a minor injury. The injured person does not need to prove the above matters but rather it is the CTP insurer who bears that onus.

An injured person is however required to co-operate in providing information to the insurer as requested to assist them in their determination.

Any decision made by the CTP insurer to cease benefits after 26 weeks can be challenged.

If you believe that you are entitled to ongoing benefits after 26 weeks then you should contact an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law who can review your matter and determine whether you have a right to challenge the insurer’s decision to receive statutory benefits beyond 26 weeks.

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Matthew Garling

Matthew Garling is an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law approved by New South Wales Law Society. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia. Matthew is also a member of...
Lisa L.
05:18 13 Jul 24
Outstanding service and commitment to my case was delivered from the first point of contact right until the end of my successful case.Highest recommendations to the team at Garling and Co. Matthew... got me an excellent result and was available and informative throughout the entire foreign process of legal proceedings. He was wonderful and so was his team.If i could rate higher than 5 stars i would!read more
J B
07:12 02 Jul 24
Matthew Garling and all of the team were extremely professional and supportive throughout what was a very long and arduous CTP battle. I am happy with the result and feel that their fees were fair... and well deserved.read more
Nelson B.
02:11 30 Jun 24
Professional, prompt & honest service
Brad M.
02:19 28 Jun 24
I worked with Garling & Co for 3+ years, the team has been incredible and I could not have been happier with Kerry's support and the results produced!I highly recommend choosing them as your... representatives!!read more
Ray H.
07:33 13 Jun 24
Matthew Garling and Team are kind, patient, polite, professional, empathetic and efficient. I was treated terribly by the at fault insurer. Garling and Co. had my back. Matthew gently and patiently... kept me up to speed on all the steps to go through. From my personal experience I recommend these guys. They are safe hands. Thank you team.read more
Jo L.
05:58 07 May 24
So very impressed with the professional team who looked after me throughout the last 4 and 1/2 years. A special mention to Kerry and Nathan who navigated each request to fight for my right to gain... access to further treatments and physio and to ensure medical treatment would be covered moving forward. I was so grateful I could hand it all over to you and not have to go through this very challenging time without your support.I thank you for the compassion you have provided to me, from the first contact with Matthew and Natasha, to finalisation with Kerry and Nathan.I highly recommend the team at Garling and Co for any third party compensation claims. You are in good hands with them all.read more
Linda O.
21:53 06 May 24
Emma, Rebecca and the team at Garling and Co have worked diligently throughout my workers compensation claim. The level of professionalism, support and communication has been faultless. Of particular... note has been the sensitivity displayed to me throughout the lengthy process. Worker’s compensation claims are complex and not easy to navigate, particularly when you are unwell. I do not hesitate to recommend Garling and Co to help you find a way through this otherwise unfathomable system.read more
Keith H.
20:51 23 Apr 24
After my case stalled with another firm, I decided to give Matthew Garling a call. He took my case and not only won, but achieved an outcome that far exceeded my expectations. This firm is the best... in the business in my opinion and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone.read more
Anthony T.
00:50 16 Apr 24
Thank you Matthew and his team who guided me through the legal process, a truly positive experience with total professionalism.
Mikaele N.
03:01 15 Apr 24
Garling &Co Lawyers were awesome, I called every compensation law firm and was told that I couldn't claim for compensation.The whole experience and process was simple and stress free.Mr Matthew... Garling and Allison deserve an accolades for the very best in client service. I would highly recommend their service to anyone.read more
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Lisa L.
05:18 13 Jul 24
Outstanding service and commitment to my case was delivered from the first point of contact right until the end of my successful case.Highest recommendations to the team at Garling and Co. Matthew... got me an excellent result and was available and informative throughout the entire foreign process of legal proceedings. He was wonderful and so was his team.If i could rate higher than 5 stars i would!read more
J B
07:12 02 Jul 24
Matthew Garling and all of the team were extremely professional and supportive throughout what was a very long and arduous CTP battle. I am happy with the result and feel that their fees were fair... and well deserved.read more
Nelson B.
02:11 30 Jun 24
Professional, prompt & honest service
Brad M.
02:19 28 Jun 24
I worked with Garling & Co for 3+ years, the team has been incredible and I could not have been happier with Kerry's support and the results produced!I highly recommend choosing them as your... representatives!!read more
Ray H.
07:33 13 Jun 24
Matthew Garling and Team are kind, patient, polite, professional, empathetic and efficient. I was treated terribly by the at fault insurer. Garling and Co. had my back. Matthew gently and patiently... kept me up to speed on all the steps to go through. From my personal experience I recommend these guys. They are safe hands. Thank you team.read more
Jo L.
05:58 07 May 24
So very impressed with the professional team who looked after me throughout the last 4 and 1/2 years. A special mention to Kerry and Nathan who navigated each request to fight for my right to gain... access to further treatments and physio and to ensure medical treatment would be covered moving forward. I was so grateful I could hand it all over to you and not have to go through this very challenging time without your support.I thank you for the compassion you have provided to me, from the first contact with Matthew and Natasha, to finalisation with Kerry and Nathan.I highly recommend the team at Garling and Co for any third party compensation claims. You are in good hands with them all.read more
Linda O.
21:53 06 May 24
Emma, Rebecca and the team at Garling and Co have worked diligently throughout my workers compensation claim. The level of professionalism, support and communication has been faultless. Of particular... note has been the sensitivity displayed to me throughout the lengthy process. Worker’s compensation claims are complex and not easy to navigate, particularly when you are unwell. I do not hesitate to recommend Garling and Co to help you find a way through this otherwise unfathomable system.read more
Keith H.
20:51 23 Apr 24
After my case stalled with another firm, I decided to give Matthew Garling a call. He took my case and not only won, but achieved an outcome that far exceeded my expectations. This firm is the best... in the business in my opinion and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone.read more
Anthony T.
00:50 16 Apr 24
Thank you Matthew and his team who guided me through the legal process, a truly positive experience with total professionalism.
Mikaele N.
03:01 15 Apr 24
Garling &Co Lawyers were awesome, I called every compensation law firm and was told that I couldn't claim for compensation.The whole experience and process was simple and stress free.Mr Matthew... Garling and Allison deserve an accolades for the very best in client service. I would highly recommend their service to anyone.read more
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