On 28 August 2017 we wrote an article about the proposed changes to the compulsory third party (CTP) motor vehicle accident scheme. See our article here https://www.mcna.com.au/greedy-ctp-insurers-truing-take-away-rights/
With the Queensland election due to be held on November 25th it is critical that Queensland motorists have a clear understanding as to the commitments of the major parties with respect to preserving common law rights in the event of injury.
The Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) recently wrote to the leadership of all major parties seeking commitments on better ensuring access to justice for injured Queenslanders.
The Australian Labour Party (ALP) has committed to maintaining the present workers’ compensation scheme design, which we believe is the best the Country, giving injured workers full access to common law rights and entitlements.
The Liberal National Party (LNP) has given a written commitment that it has “no plans to change the workers’ compensation scheme in Queensland.” But when pressed by the ALA to give the same commitment with respect to our CTP scheme, the LNP declined to give that commitment.
One Nation has been silent.
The preservation of common law rights for injured motorists in Queensland is a significant issue, and something that McNamara Law desires to be upheld.
It is concerning that the LNP are unable to commit to making no changes to the CTP scheme, leaving us feeling uncertain that the LNP would protect injured motorists.
If you have sustained an injury in a car accident you have the right to make a common law claim for damages (unless the LNP form government and listen to Suncorp and RACQ, rather then the voters). In Queensland you have three (3) years from the date of injury or accident to settle your claim or file court documents or you will forever lose your right to make a claim.