LEGAL PUBLISHER LexisNexis has launched a new title, Personal Injuries Procedures in Queensland, co-authored by Deacons senior associate Ashley Jones and Queensland District Court judge Michael Forde.
The publication details the mandatory procedures relating to personal injuries arising under the provisions in Queensland’s Personal Injuries Proceedings Act 2002, the Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 and the Motor Accident Insurance Act 1994.
Jones said it was the first time a publication had attempted to deal with all three pieces of legislation together. Its purpose was to try and provide “some brief explanation of circumstances” in which those acts might apply, and bring clarity to that issue.
He said the Personal Injuries Proceedings Act 2002 had been enacted as part of the government’s response to the insurance crisis. “There has been healthy debate in Queensland about the merits of some of that, but the legislation is here, and we need to try and make some sense out of it.”
The publication could be seen as a step-by-step guide to complying with the legislation,” Jones said.
“The book has the perspective of not only me as a practising solicitor, but also of a member of the judiciary, which is making the decisions.”
Former Federal Attorney-General and current dean of law at Queensland University of Technology, Michael Lavarch, gave the keynote address at the launch, hosted by Deacons’ Brisbane Insurance. LexisNexis also publishes Lawyers Weekly.