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Annual Report 2015 Motor Accidents (Compensation) Commission (MACC)



Annual Report 2015 Motor Accidents (Compensation) Commission (MACC)

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Northern Territory Motor Accidents (Compensation) Commission SectionAnnual Report 2015 Page 5 MAC Scheme Operational highlights 2014-2015 Claims under management There was a pleasing decline in the number of claims in 2014-2015, with fewer claims than our actuaries had projected. Claims frequency has declined after an increase during the latter part of 2013-2014. For the most recent accident year, the average no fault claim size increased by $22,000 from $75,772 to $97,772 per claim, principally reflecting the impact of the increased Life Time Attendant Care benefits introduced through the legislative reforms. Apart from the impact of the National Injury Insurance Scheme (NIIS) changes, there is no evidence of an upwards trend in average claim sizes since the 2002 accident year. The number of active claims has dropped from 1025 active claims at the start of the financial year and ended on 1001 claims at July 2015. In the no fault portfolio the year started with 944 active claims and ended on 922. Throughout the year 447 new reports were received and 507 were finalised. Thankfully, the majority of people injured in motor vehicle accidents suffer minor to moderate injuries and are able to return to health in a relatively short period of time. Unfortunately, some suffer very significant injuries and will require assistance over a long period of time. Many of these people will never return to full health and independence and these claimants need specialist care and support over the long term. This year TIO created a new Lifetime Care and Support Team in response to legislative reforms discussed below. The focus of the team is to work with life-time care claimants who have the most serious injuries to ensure their complex needs are met. Although this represents only a small group of people, this specialist support can make a significant difference to their quality of life. Our aim is to help injured people be more independent in their daily life and within the community. The claims management process starts at the earliest possible stage after injury, engaging with the claimants to plan their discharge from a hospital or rehabilitation clinic to return home or to the community. TIO supports them in planning and identifying clear pathways to ensure medical and allied health provider activities are aligned to their life goals and anticipate key life transition points, such as returning to the workforce or children leaving school.

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