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A 1918 claim for damages

A 1918 claim for damages

Before the introduction of an accident compensation scheme in 1974, people who were accidentally injured had to claim damages through the courts. This 1918 press report outlines such a case. The statutory accident compensation scheme was a major legal reform that was unique to New Zealand.

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National Library of New Zealand, Papers Past
Reference: Wairarapa Daily Times, 31 July 1918, p. 5

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Geoffrey Palmer, 'Law - Legal innovation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 December 2023)

Story by Geoffrey Palmer, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Oct 2016