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Law change helps people injured on Victorian roads

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Slater and Gordon welcomes the Andrews Government’s decision to remove a costly medical excess for those injured on Victorian roads as part of changes to the TAC injury claim process.

As of Wednesday 14 February, Victorians injured in a motor vehicle accident who then make a claim through the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) will not need to pay a $651 medical excess.

Before the introduction of the Compensation Legislation Amendment Act 2018, injured motorists, cyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians and public transport users – who were not admitted as inpatients to hospital after an accident – were required to reach the medical excess.

They were also required to complete a medical excess declaration form as well as providing the TAC with their original receipts, accounts, health insurance documents and Medicare statements of benefits.

Under the new legislation these requirements have been removed.

Senior Slater and Gordon Motor Vehicle Accident lawyer Joanne Panagakis said it was an important step, supporting people who were already dealing with the trauma and pain from their road accident.

“This allows our clients in the most stressful time immediately following a transport accident to focus on their recovery and receive the treatment they are entitled to without worrying about footing the bill and cumbersome paperwork,” Ms Panagakis said.

“Many of our clients are struggling to pay their medical bills so this really reduces some of the financial strain.”

The new legislation also sets out and ensures consistent workers compensation arrangements for licensed jockeys and apprentice jockeys who are injured during the course of their occupation. These provisions come into effect on July 1 this year.