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Motor Accident Injuries Act 2017 No 10
Current version for 1 February 2019 to date (accessed 22 July 2019 at 19:30)
Part 3 Division 3.5 Section 3.35
3.35   No statutory benefits if workers compensation payable
(1)  An injured person is not entitled to statutory benefits under this Part if compensation under the Workers Compensation Act 1987 (workers compensation) is payable to the injured person in respect of the injury concerned (or would be payable if the liability for workers compensation had not been commuted).
(2)  The relevant insurer for a claim for statutory benefits under this Part is not entitled to refuse payment of statutory benefits under this Part on the grounds that workers compensation is payable in respect of the injury unless:
(a)  the injured person has made a successful claim for workers compensation in respect of the injury, or
(b)  the injured person has failed to comply with a request by the relevant insurer under this section to make a claim for workers compensation in respect of the injury.
(3)  A claim for workers compensation is considered to have been successful if liability for any workers compensation has been accepted by the insurer for the claim under the Workers Compensation Act 1987. Liability is considered to have been accepted until liability is wholly denied (and for that purpose a denial of liability does not count while it is the subject of a dispute under that Act).
(4)  If the relevant insurer for a claim for statutory benefits under this Part considers on reasonable grounds that workers compensation is or may be payable in respect of the injury concerned, the insurer may require the injured person to make a claim for workers compensation in respect of the injury.
(5)  Statutory benefits are not payable under this Part in respect of any matter for which workers compensation was paid before liability for workers compensation was denied.
(6)  Statutory benefits are not payable under Division 3.2 (Statutory benefits for funeral expenses) if workers compensation is paid or payable in respect of the death under Division 1 of Part 3 of the Workers Compensation Act 1987.
(7)  A person who makes a claim for statutory benefits under this Part and a claim for workers compensation must inform both insurers of that fact (unless the insurers would already be aware of both claims having being made). Insurers under this Act and the Workers Compensation Act 1987 may exchange information for the purposes of facilitating the proper operation of this section.
(8)  Nothing in this section affects the entitlement of an injured person to statutory benefits for treatment and care under Division 3.4 in respect of an injury if compensation under Division 3 (Compensation for medical, hospital and rehabilitation expenses etc) of Part 3 of the Workers Compensation Act 1987 previously payable in respect of the injury has ceased to be payable. The relevant insurer is not entitled to refuse payment of the statutory benefits on the grounds that workers compensation was previously payable under that Division.