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Average payouts for personal injury claims in Queensland?

Payouts for personal injury claims are generally kept confidential and are usually only public knowledge if a judge determines the appropriate amount. In Queensland, the largest personal injury claim is considered to be around $20 million dollars for heartbreaking and serious brain injury where the claimant required constant care and assistance for the remainder of his life.

So personal injury claim payouts (or judgement awards, if the matter goes to trial) in Queensland can range anywhere from $0 – $20 million. Where you fall on the scale depends primarily on the nature and severity of the injury, and the difference between your earning potential prior to the injury and your future reduced earning capacity post-injury.

Average Queensland Motor Vehicle Accident Injury Claims for 2019-20:

Historically, in Queensland, for motor vehicle accidents, there are around 7,000 personal injury claims every year and more than half of these are in Brisbane. A total of somewhere around $650,000,000 is paid out to claimants each year which suggests the average payout for a personal injury claim may be around $92,857 – $112,369. However, the calculation isn’t that simple. Considering the majority (>70%) of personal injury claims are for minor injuries, and around 15% and 8% are claims for injuries that are moderate and severe respectively, the average injury claim payouts would obviously be much higher the more severe the injury is.

Severity Minor Moderate Serious Severe Average
Average Payout $62,400 $157,200 $368,000 $1,053,500 $106,600


Average Queensland Workplace Accident Injury Claim Payouts for 2019-20:

In Queensland, there are around 3,000 common law claims for workplace injuries each year. For workplace accidents, data published by Workcover Queensland for the 2019-20 financial year suggests that the average common law payout damages relating to a work injury is approximately $168,836.

Average Queensland Public Liability Injury Claim Payouts for 2019-20:

There are no regular or readily published statistics for public liability claim payouts in Queensland. However the principles that underpin claims for personal injuries made under public liability insurance (such as slips, trips, and falls) are generally the same as damages claims for personal injuries made under other legislation. One could infer from published statistics about workplace injuries and motor vehicle injuries that most payouts for public liability injuries range from around $50,000 to $350,000, and higher for more severe injuries.


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This post was authored by one of the Solicitors at ROCHE Legal. Should you have any questions, please contact our office.
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