This course will explore statutory schemes that provide for personal injury compensation across Australia. Traditionally compensation for personal injuries was governed by tort law, and, in particular, the law of negligence. A plaintiff would have to prove that the defendant owed a duty of care, was negligent in the performance of their duty and that their negligence caused the plaintiff's injuries.
Today a multitude of statutory schemes govern personal injuries compensation providing no-fault compensation schemes or restricting a person's right to claim compensation.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme is the latest development to remove compensation from the 'lottery' of litigation. A legal practitioner must be aware of the schemes and limitations that exist if they are to properly advise their clients on rights and liabilities in this complex and often confused area of law.
This course will introduce students to various schemes available in Australia and the criteria for eligibility for compensation as well as the limits that the schemes impose.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Be aware of, and understand, recent developments in the area of personal injuries compensation law.
- Have reflected on how these developments may impact upon their professional practice.
- Have demonstrated cognitive, technical and creative skills to analyse and synthesise complex information in order to identify the relevant legal issues that arise on a given set of facts.
- Apply established principles of practice to a given set of facts.
- Have demonstrated communication and technical research skills to explain the law and its application to both a specialist (peer) and non-specialist (client) audience.
- Research and critically examine a set of facts to explain and advise on the law and to develop an informed opinion on issues of policy.
- Indicative assessment may include: (null) [LO null]
- 1. 10 short weekly exercises - 40% (40) [LO null]
- 2. Online discussion forum on WATTLE -10% (10) [LO null]
- 3. Assignment / Application — 50% (50) [LO null]
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WorkloadEquivalent of 26 contact hours through WATTLE plus private study time of 39 hours per semester (ie 5 hours per week)
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsThere will be no set text. Learning materials including references to relevant legislation and case law will be made available via Wattle. Students will also be expected to research and locate their own relevant references.
Preliminary ReadingA Course Outline will be available on the Wattle course site a week prior to the commencement of the course.
Assumed KnowledgeAll students must have a qualifying law degree (LLB or JD or equivalent) and have completed studies in Torts law.
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