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This isn’t about a so-called “compensation culture” – it is about your legal and moral right to compensation where you have suffered as a result of the negligence of others.
When you receive a "Notice of Assessment" or "letter of offer" from Work Cover Queensland, you should seek legal advice as you may be entitled to a "Common Law Claim". In Queensland, if you sign the Notice of Assessement you will be prevented from pursuing a "Common Law" damages claim. This is why it is recommended you seek legal advice before you sign or accept anything!
A mining employer has been ordered to pay an injured labour-hire worker - who fell from a steep ladder on a 50-tonne dump truck - more than $1.2 million, after the NSW Court of Appeal confirmed that "common practice was not necessarily prudent practice".
The High Court has found that WOMA Pty Ltd, which supplied a hose and vacuum truck to a Hydrosweep Pty Ltd worker, was liable for the injury. A Hydrosweep worker who was seriously injured when his arm was sucked into an industrial-strength vacuum hose has been awarded $265,000 compensation.Continue reading
The Victorian Supreme Court has awarded a packaging worker $490,000 in damages after considering the extent of the workers physical and psychological pain and suffering, and her reduced earning capacity. The worker was injured after a heavy pallet that was not safely stored fell on her leg, causing multiple injuries. Continue reading
A permanently injured Queensland worker has been awarded nearly $700,000 in damages, after a judge rejected claims that part of the payout should be halved due to the worker's psychiatric disorder and congenital foot deformities. "A discount of the size contended for by the defendants would place excessive weight on adverse contingencies," Justice Peter Applegarth said.