Injury

Compensation

The Injury Compensation Committee focuses on all aspects of personal injuries law, its development and amendment, plus the impact of change on the profession and the public.

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Compulsory third party reforms which commenced on 1 December 2017

The Motor Accident Injuries Act 2017 came into force on 1 December 2017 and introduced a new compulsory third party scheme in NSW. The scheme replaced the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 scheme for accidents that occurred after commencement.

Unlike the 1999 scheme, the new Act introduced a hybrid scheme of statutory benefits and modified common law damages. Statutory benefits are payable on a no-fault basis, whereas damages are only payable where the injured person can prove fault by the owner or driver of a motor vehicle in the use or operation of the vehicle.

Workers Compensation

In June 2012 the NSW government introduced sweeping changes to the workers compensation scheme with the Workers Compensation Legislation Amendment Act 2012. The 2012 Act amended the Workers Compensation Act 1987 and the Workplace Injury Management and Workers Compensation Act 1998.

There have been substantial changes to entitlements, the claims process and claims dispute process which in turn impact on the matters that are now dealt with by the Workers Compensation Commission. The 2012 Act established an independent external complaints resolution mechanism through the appointment of an independent statutory office, the Workers Compensation Independent Review Office (WIRO) one of whose responsibilities is the administration of the Independent Legal Assistance and Review Service.

Medico-Legal Subcommittee

A subcommittee of the Injury Compensation Committee, the medico-legal subcommittee provides the following information and resources for practitioners:

Statement of Medico-Legal Relations

The Law Society and the Australian Medical Association (NSW) have issued a revised Statement of Medico-Legal Relations, effective from 10 December 2015:

Download the Schedule of Allowances to Witnesses and Suggested Fees (revised Schedule effective from 1 November 2015)

Understanding Medico-Legal Examinations brochure

The Law Society and the Australian Medical Association (NSW) have issued a revised brochure to assist claimants in their understanding of the medico-legal examination process: 

Download the Medico-Legal Examination brochure

2020 Committee list

T. Stern (Chair), T. Concannon (Dep Chair), A. Abboud, S. Butcher, B. Casado, B. Cassidy, G. Daley, L. Davidson, G. Guest, S. Harris, I. Jones, C. Ktenas, A. Lopes De Lima, H. Macken, P. Macken, R. May, K. McCusker, A. Mulcahy, D. Potts, C. Slan (YL Rep), J. Thurgood, K. Toshack, M. Warton, D. Weng.

How to join a committee
Law Society Committees have powers, authorities and tasks delegated by the Council. Consisting of dedicated volunteers, each committee focuses on a particular area of law, pooling together specialist skills and experience in order to scrutinise legislation, court decisions and other government policies.
There are three broad categories of committees:

  • Regulatory committees – perform statutory duties under the Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW)
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  • Policy committees

By drawing on the insights of committees, the Law Society can meet its statutory duties and act as a major player in law reform and policy debates.

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