My only experience with compensation is through the NSW motor vehicle act.
I was hit by a car in 2000. Multiple fractures and 6 mths recovery before I could work.
Under the third party insurance, I received my medical, curent and futre loss of earnings, future medical paid for. But pain and suffering was a different thing altogether. To be able to be compensated for this, I had to prove 10% permanent disability to myself from the accident. This was really hard to prove and even my girlfriend (who was hit at the same time) had trouble meeting this benchmark and she had a skull fracture. The tests in place to reach this were very strict.
Even then the compensation part of my payout was only about 20% of the total as there are caps on what they can pay you.
In the case of the movie, I think a free voucher would have been a nice gesture by the theatre, but not really required.
In the OP's instance, the victim would need to prove that the venue had done all they could to prevent the assault. If it was just a random group of thugs who walked in and started throwing punches, then there is little the venue could have done. If the thugs were highly intoxicated and the venue had continuted to serve them alcohol then they were in breech of the responsible service act..
katpaws, that sounds awful. But I commend you for taking action. Too many people just walk away and
Let the bullies get away with it.
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Edited by Coffeegirl, 12 January 2013 - 11:37 AM.