Common law claims survive Queensland WorkCover changes
The Queensland Government has announced changes to its WorkCover scheme, but has decided not to impose restrictions on access to common law compensation claims by injured workers. Premiums will rise but common law claims brought under the Workersâ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 will be harmonised with arrangements under the Civil Liability Act 2003 in terms of liability (standard of care), contributory negligence and caps on general damages and damages for economic loss.
In November 2009, the WorkCover Queensland Board reported to government growing financial pressures and recommended a number of changes including restricting injured workers access to compensation through the courts.
**27 April 2010 **
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