Driving legislation may not traditionally promote speed but the recent passing of the Motor Accidents Injuries Bill certainly encourages victims of motor injuries not to hesitate with their claims.
The changes relate primarily to the benefits available to victims, that is, any injured party is now entitled to the same statutory entitlements, regardless of who is deemed at fault. Interestingly, however, substantial changes were also made to the timeframe within which claims can be made.
If you have been involved in a motor accident before December 1st 2017, and wish to claim injury compensation, the NSW Government still encourages claims to be submitted within six months. And depending upon your specific circumstances, you may still be able to make a claim more than six months after the accident.
If your accident occurred on or after December 1st 2017, however, you must lodge your claim within 3 months to claim any benefits. And in order to receive entitlements from the date of the accident, the claim has to be submitted within 28 days.
So, it appears, the NSW Government expects claimants to start moving fast… just not behind the wheel.
More information is available at sira.nsw.gov.au.
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