This edition was issued on 16 February 2023
Welcome to this special edition of the Personal Injury Commission News, which outlines two items from the Rule Committee. The first relates to rule changes arising from the Motor Accidents Injuries Amendment Act 2022. The second item provides information on two issues the Rule Committee is considering, relating to additional documents and document limitation.
I will be in touch with another edition of Personal Injury Commission News soon.
Rule Committee Update
On 30 January 2023, the Personal Injury Commission Rule Committee reached a majority vote by resolution to make the Personal Injury Commission (Amendment No 2) Rule 2023 (Rule Amendment).
The Rule Committee resolved to make rule changes to rules 94, 95 and 105 of the Personal Injury Commission Rules 2021 (PIC Rules), arising from the Motor Accident Injuries Amendment Act 2022 (MAI amending Act). See Rule Committee Resolution here.
- There is now no time limit for referring damages claims for assessment;
- Damages claims can now be settled at any time, and
- An internal review is now not required before a medical assessment in respect of a medical dispute about the degree of permanent impairment of the injured person.
As a result of the above amendments, the following Procedural Directions have been updated:
- Procedural Direction PIC6 – Medical Assessments
- Procedural Direction MA3 – Approval of damages settlement
- Procedural Direction MA7 – Claims disputes
We will provide further information about this, following the Rule Committee's deliberations.
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