There are two different pieces of legislation that are relevant to your public liability injury rights. A quick scan of each is perhaps the best way to illustrate why it is important to engage a personal injury lawyer who understands these Acts intimately.

Personal Injuries Proceedings Act 2002

This is an Act to regulate particular claims for and awards of damages based on a liability for personal injuries, and for other purposes. This Act also regulates the advertising of personal injury lawyers’ services. A lawyer may give details of their practice areas, the terms and conditions of how they provide those services, details as to the law of negligence and a person’s rights under that law.

Limitations of Actions Act 1974

The Limitation of Actions Act 1974 (Qld), sets out timeframes for seeking damages in personal injury cases. However, the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003, Personal Injuries Proceedings Act 2002 and Motor Accident Insurance Act 1994 set out a detailed claims procedure to be followed prior to commencing court action with specific timeframes. If you do not follow the procedure your claim may not be able to proceed. It is essential, therefore, that you take legal advice on your claim as soon as possible to ensure your legal rights are protected.


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