Change Queensland Limitations of Actions Act
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I am seeking your support in my effort to bring about change to the Queensland “Limitations of Actions Act 1974”
I received catastrophic spinal injuries during a football match in 1992 which left me with Quadriplegia, the three year limit placed on a claim under the Act has extinguished my rights to pursue compensation as, at the time, I was undergoing intensive medical treatment and rehabilitation, hence I was not in a position to pursue such a claim and received no advice or support to do so.
I have lived with quadriplegia since then and dependant on a wheelchair for mobility. I live in constant pain and have not slept a full night since my accident. I am forced to survive on a Federal Government Disability Support Pension and, with great difficulty and the assistance of State Government funded support workers I live independently with my primary carer and my children in a Housing Commission home in White Rock.
Prior to my accident I was a fit, hardworking man with an excellent work history and gainfully employed full time with Queensland Rail. All my working life I maintained an income in the region of 300% above the basic wage and I was a proud, active community member with keen interests in sports, fishing and cultural harmony.
I have struggled to come to terms with my injury and the dramatic impact it has had on my family’s lifestyle, my earning potential and my sense of being.
Over the years I have advocated for compensation through the quagmire of the Queensland legal system and the NRL, to no avail, my current legal advice is that I have no further avenue of appeal due to the statute of limitations on personal injury
I have written to the Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk and the Queensland Attorney General, Yvette D’Ath, both responded that a review to the Act is not currently being considered and that the underlying justification for these time limits include “fairness & certainty” for respondents.
In my case and that of numerous others who have had their rights extinguished by this time frame, “fairness” is aimed more toward Insurance companies who as soon as the timeframe expired, behind closed doors, and without any input from me, paid out their minimum obligation which at the time was allocated to basic mobility equipment, this effectively closed my case and abolished the possibility of any further claims.
For me, the only “certainty” is that I will remain a quadriplegic for life. I am forced to live in public housing (of which I have no tenure to pass to my children) and reduced to rely on a Disability Support Pension and a Disability Support Package to sustain a very basic life.
You can add your voice to my cause by signing this petition and if you're a resident of Queensland, the official Queensland Government Petition, 2785-17 sponsored by my local member the Hon Curtis Pitt MP.
Kindest regards, George Ryan
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