A man argued that he should be able to opt out of the Queensland legal system.
A man argued that he should be able to opt out of the Queensland legal system. ©istockphoto/DNY59

Rocky woman sues for fall at gran's

A 25-YEAR-OLD Rockhampton is claiming almost $100,000 in compensation after slipping and injuring her knee at her grandmother's rental property.

She filed for compensation last week after the incident on August 28, 2006.

In documents presented to the District Court the woman is suing the State of Queensland for pain and suffering, loss of earnings and future loss of earnings.

She claims the owner of the home in West Rockhampton failed to rectify the notoriously slippery ramp by not providing a slip floor surface.

She was walking down the ramp when she slipped and injured her right knee at 9am.

The matter is still to be decided on by a judge.

Her claim comes just days before Attorney General Cameron Dick announced new legislation that will increase the amounts available for personal injury compensation in Queensland.

He is proposing to introduce the Civil Liability and Other Legislation Amendment Bill to Parliament this week.

This legislation will increase the maximum caps for the first time in six years on general damages available under the Civil Liability Act 2003 for personal injuries.

“Suffering a personal injury can have a significant effect on every aspect of someone's life,” Mr Dick said.

“The increase in the amount of general damages is recognition of the pain and suffering an individual can experience as a result of a devastating personal injury.

“We know that money can never truly compensate for injuries of this type, but these changes seek to set out a fair and equitable system of compensation.”

Mr Dick said the Bligh Government was ensuring compensation levels were reflective of the current cost of living.

The adjusted maximum damages available under the new legislation will increase from $250,000 to $294,500.

A serious facial injury will now be worth up to $41,220, the loss of an eye up to $53,000, loss of a finger up to $30,600 and total loss of hair up to $21,200.

Amendments would also abolish the statutory limitation period for dust-related disease claims, which includes killers such asbestosis, mesothelioma and silicosis.



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