Editors Note: The creation of schemes such as this WA one by all States and Territories is crucial to the long term viability and success of the NDIS. Schemes such as MAIB, Transport Accidents etc must be broadened to cover these no fault serious injuries to ensure victims are properly cared and provided for.
National Disability Services WA, representing more than 100 disability service organisations, welcomes the introduction of the Motor Vehicle (Catastrophic Injuries) Bill 2016, passed in State Parliament last night.
NDS has campaigned strongly for a no-fault insurance scheme which will provide for the lifetime care and support of all people catastrophically injured in a vehicle accident regardless of who is at fault.
There has been tremendous leadership, overwhelming community backing and bi-partisan support across all political parties for the introduction of the scheme.
NDS WA State Manager Julie Waylen said the passing of the Motor Vehicle (Catastrophic Injuries) Bill 2016 will provide peace of mind and a much fairer model of lifetime care and support for everyone who receives catastrophic injuries in a motor vehicle accident regardless of whether anyone is to blame for that accident.
‘’We applaud the State Government for taking this step to significantly improve the quality of life for people catastrophically injured in a vehicle accident,’’ she said.
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‘’Every year an average of 44 people are catastrophically injured on WA roads in accidents for which no one can be sued. They and their families desperately need this scheme.
‘’The scheme will make a tremendous difference to the lives of those in our community living with catastrophic injuries as a result of vehicle accidents.
Catastrophic injuries include spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries,multiple amputations, severe burns and permanent traumatic blindness.
Recommended by the Productivity Commission in 2011, the scheme gained widespread public support last year when Albany footballer Warrick Proudlove lost his bid for compensation under the current fault-based Compulsory Third Party scheme.
In order to claim compensation under the current system, an injured person needs to prove someone else was at fault in causing the accident. Mr Proudlove, who sustained severe head injuries when the car he was a passenger in hit a runaway horse, was forced to sue the driver, his friend, for negligence. Ultimately he was unsuccessful, leaving his family under enormous financial strain to provide rehabilitation and lifelong care.
Ms Waylen said NDS and its member organisations looked forward to working collaboratively with the State Government and the Insurance Commission of WA to implement the most effective and efficient model possible.
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State Manager, National Disability Services (NDS) WA
T: 08 9208 9805
M: 0419 938 307
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This post is republished with the permission of National Disability Services (NDS) WA. The original post can be found here