A new bill is being introduced into Australian parliament to assist victims of asbestos exposure with receiving compensation.
Mesothelioma Cancer News (Australia) – A new bill is being put forth to parliament that is aimed at helping victims of asbestos exposure. As reported by The Sydney Morning Herald, Attorney-General Cameron Dick is set introduce the Civil Liability and Other Legislation Amendment Bill this week, which could increase payouts for those suffering from asbestos related diseases.
Dick is quoted in the report as stating of the legislation, “These amendments ensure Queenslanders continue to receive compensation that is fair and which reflects current standards of living… 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.”
Dick is further quoted as stating, “The removal of the statutory limitation period for dust-relates diseases will deliver significant benefits to sufferers, by improving their access to justice and reducing the costs and stress associated with pursuing a claim… This amendment will have retrospective effect to ensure it captures current cases of dust-related disease originating from exposure during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.”
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