A new campaign by the Law Society is opposing the changes under the CTP reform. The Law Society is worried about the proposed changes and warns all road users in NSW to be concerned.
Under the new scheme the benefit for up to 90% of injured motorists in NSW will be reduced. In particular this will affect injured motorists with a whole person impairment (WPI) score of 10% or less as their benefits will be significantly reduced, and will also cease after 5 years from the date of injury.
This is extremely problematic for injured motorists who have not exceeded the 10% WPI threshold and who have a long working life ahead of them.
In a case study of two injured motorists the Law Society found that the WPI rating of 10% was in fact a very serious degree of impairment. In their study the injured motorists had significant injuries which would likely cost the individual more than the compensation amount offered under the new scheme, and the ongoing issues relating to the injury were likely to exceed the 5-year compensation cut off.
Under the new scheme, once 5 years from the date of injury has elapsed the insurer will not pay any more compensation. Therefore, the injured motorists would have to rely on welfare payments and family for financial support.
The new scheme is unfair for injured motorists who will not only lose out on financial support but will also miss out on legal assistance if under the 10% WPI threshold.
These changes will seriously disadvantage injured motorists in NSW which is why they cannot be allowed to go through.
For more information about your rights as an injured motorist under the new scheme please visit www.lawsociety.com.au/ctpreforms
GARLING & CO 2016