The Lifetime Support Scheme will come into effect on 1 July 2014. The purpose of the Scheme is to cover the costs of treatment, care and support for persons “catastrophically injured” in motor vehicle accidents, regardless of who was at fault and including those situations where no driver was at fault.
The Lifetime Support Scheme will not provide compensation for economic loss and the (fault-based) CTP scheme will still need to be used to recover such losses.
The Lifetime Support Scheme Rules defining what is included in the definition of "catastrophic" are not yet available, but statements from the Motor Accident Commission refer to spinal and traumatic brain injuries, multiple amputations and severe burns.
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