Road in­jury claims set­tled in the north

North West Telegraph - - News - Jakeb Wad­dell

Nearly $2 mil­lion worth of road in­jury claims were fi­nalised in the North West re­cently, as the State’s peak in­surance body trav­elled more than 7000km around WA.

The In­surance Com­mis­sion of WA has un­veiled the re­sults of its trip across the Kim­ber­ley and Pil­bara last month, where a to­tal of 43 mo­tor in­jury in­surance claims worth $1.7 mil­lion were fi­nalised.

A break­down of sta­tis­tics showed that 28 of the claims came from the Kim­ber­ley, while the re­main­ing 15 were from the Pil­bara.

ICWA chief ex­ec­u­tive Rod Whit­hear said the find­ings were “in line with our ex­pec­ta­tions”.

“Over­all, the claims trip was a suc­cess and we are pleased to have fi­nalised com­pen­sa­tion for many of the claimants in the Pil­bara and Kim­ber­ley in­jured on the roads,” he said.

In a state­ment re­leased be­fore the claims of­fi­cers and le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tives vis­ited the north, the ICWA es­ti­mated that there would be 60 claims, 17 more than the fi­nal to­tal.

Broome-based Phoenix In­surance Bro­kers man­ager Clare Smith wel­comed the find­ings but was shocked at the num­ber of claims that were not fi­nalised.

“We wel­come the ini­tia­tive of the ICWA to pro­vide much-needed funds to vic­tims of mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents,” she said.

“These funds can sub­stan­tially im­prove an in­jured party’s liveli­hood and hope­fully en­sures that they can move on from the un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent. We are sur­prised with the num­ber of claims that were not fi­nalised and won­der if the pub­lic needs more ed­u­ca­tion on claim­ing within the scheme.”

The trip was de­signed to help vic­tims who might oth­er­wise have trou­ble meet­ing in­sur­ers or le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Broome, Derby, Ku­nunurra, Halls Creek, Fitzroy Cross­ing, Wyn­d­ham and Mowan­jum in the Kim­ber­ley and Port Hed­land, New­man, Roe­bourne and Port Hed­land were vis­ited.

The nine-day visit cov­ered more than 7000km.

On the past five trips, about 200 claims worth ap­prox­i­mately $15 mil­lion were set­tled.

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