Accident Compensation Myths Busted

Myth: Accident Compensation schemes are wrought with frauds and malingerer.

This statement is unsurprisingly false.

Statistics provided by the Motor Accident Insurance Commission show that in 2011 – 2012 there were more than 3.6 million registered vehicles in Queensland. In that same year, 6,900 claims were made for CTP compensation, not at all a culture.

More importantly, according to Department of Transport classifications known as a “Casualty; Fatality; Severity” which divide severity of the accident from:-

  1.  Hospitalisation;
  2.  Medical treatment;
  3.  Minor treatment,

Only one claim is made for every two casualties which fall in category (1) – (3).  Not only does this mean that Queenslanders tend to be by and large genuine claimants, it also suggests that for various reasons, a large portion of victims are not pursuing a claim.

For Workers’ Compensation, according to annual Q-Comp statistic reports in 2012 – 2013, 99,000 claims for statutory benefits were accepted that year.  In the same year, around 3,600 common law claims were successfully made and settled on average for $170,000.  In the same year 8 cases were prosecuted for fraud.

The data shows that despite the stigma associated with ‘compo’, we are far from seeing a culture of compensation and in reality, there remains a large proportion of the population who are largely unaware of their entitlements.

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