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Accident Compensation Delays To Be A Thing Of The Past

The Accident Compensation Commission Fiji will expedite motor vehicle Compulsory Third Party Claims by victims. Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum while summing up a panel discussion on the commission during the 19th
09 Dec 2017 12:41
Accident Compensation Delays To  Be A Thing  Of The Past
Opposition MP Prem Singh (front-left) with Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum (right) at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa in Natadola on December 8, 2017. Photo: Office of the Attorney-General

The Accident Compensation Commission Fiji will expedite motor vehicle Compulsory Third Party Claims by victims.

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum while summing up a panel discussion on the commission during the 19th Attorney-General’s Conference said the delays which had dogged victims of accidents who were eligible for the claims would be a thing of the past.

He also backed the example given by a panelist Judge Justice Suresh Chandra of the Fiji Court of Appeal, where a 17-year-old waited 14 years for compensation pay out, adding that nobody should be made to wait this long.

The Consumer Council of Fiji has welcomed the Accident Compensation Act saying that accident victims will now be catered for.

Consumer Council of Fiji chief executive officer Premila Kumar made this comment in a session at the conference which was opened at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa in Natadola yesterday.

“It is envisaged that the Accident Compensation Act and the establishment of a Fiji Accident Compensation Commission will give road accident victims compensation without having to prove fault or negligence.” Ms Kumar said.

“The victims of motor vehicle accidents will be given the option of either receiving compensation by an independent authority or pursuing their claims through legal proceedings. At the end of the day, victims will be given the choice to make an informed decision.

“The Accident Compensation Act will now put accident victims first.”

Ms Kumar said this would put an end to the long wait that would cause more duress to the accident victims and their families.

“Inadequate compensation and the delay in the payment of the compensation is the most common problem faced by the victims.

“Sometimes when the cases drag for too long then due to sheer frustration victims accept whatever compensation is offered under duress.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa



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