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CIVIL LIABILITY ACT 2002 - SECT 12

Damages for past or future economic loss--maximum for loss of earnings etc

12 Damages for past or future economic loss--maximum for loss of earnings etc

(1) This section applies to an award of damages--
(a) for past economic loss due to loss of earnings or the deprivation or impairment of earning capacity, or
(b) for future economic loss due to the deprivation or impairment of earning capacity, or
(c) for the loss of expectation of financial support.
(2) In the case of any such award, the court is to disregard the amount (if any) by which the claimant's gross weekly earnings would (but for the injury or death) have exceeded an amount that is 3 times the amount of average weekly earnings at the date of the award.
(3) For the purposes of this section, the amount of average weekly earnings at the date of an award is--
(a) the amount per week comprising the amount estimated by the Australian Statistician as the average weekly total earnings of all employees in New South Wales for the most recent quarter occurring before the date of the award for which such an amount has been estimated by the Australian Statistician and that is, at that date, available to the court making the award, or
(b) if the Australian Statistician fails or ceases to estimate the amount referred to in paragraph (a), the prescribed amount or the amount determined in such manner or by reference to such matters, or both, as may be prescribed.



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