Queensland Supreme & District Court Awards for Personal Injuries in 2023

In Queensland, the Supreme and District Courts are now closed for the holiday period, set to reopen on 29 January 2024. As the year ends, we look back on the decisions reported in 2023 with respect to claims for personal injuries. In total, there were only 6 reported personal injury court decisions that had gone … Read more

Deceptive Legal Tactics in Workers’ Compensation Claims

Workers’ compensation claims are meant to provide support and protection for employees who suffer workplace injuries. However, what happens when employers, their insurers, or their legal representatives employ deceptive tactics to hinder the process? The case of Francis v MSF Sugar Limited sheds light on the concerning issue of deception by defendants and the role … Read more

‘Bad’ slip & fall claims: Examples of ‘losing’ injury claims

When considering bringing a public liability claim for injuries sustained in public places or at work, it’s essential to understand the potential challenges and legal risks involved. Not every claim for personal injury brought before the court is successful. Evaluating the merits of your potential claim early and carefully is critical to knowing whether or … Read more

Queensland institutions that have joined the National Redress Scheme

All state and territory governments as well as the Commonwealth have joined the National Redress Scheme, and over 600 non-government institutions have joined the Scheme since July 2018. Collectively, these institutions cover approximately 71,000 sites such as churches, schools, homes, charities and community groups across Australia.  The maximum amount of redress payable to victims of … Read more

The Whiplash Whirlwind: Claiming Damages for Personal Injury in Queensland

Picture this: you’re cruising down the open road, wind in your hair, Nova 106.9 blaring, and just when you thought life couldn’t get any better, BAM! Reality hits you like a ton of bricks – or rather, like a car from behind. Ouch, that’s gonna leave a mark! Whiplash, they say. But fear not, dear … Read more

The Unseen Scars: Understanding Psychological Injuries in Personal Injury Cases

When we think of personal injuries, we often focus on the visible wounds, broken bones, and physical pain. However, it’s important to recognise that the impact of an accident can extend far beyond the physical realm. Witnessing a traumatic event or suffering a physical injury can trigger a range of psychological injuries that are just … Read more

Workcover Lump Sum Permanent Impairment Payment Amounts – 2023-24

When you’ve had a workplace injury, the statutory benefits provided by the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (Qld) includes funding for medical treatment and weekly compensation. However, the benefits do not last forever. They are only paid until a medical opinion is provided to the insurer (usually Workcover Queensland) that suggests your symptoms are … Read more

Emotional Distress: Can I Sue Workcover For Mishandling My Claim?

It is extremely common for injured persons on Workcover to complain about how the Workcover claims manager treats them throughout their recovery. It’s also reasonably common for injured workers to feel that they have been treated so unfairly and prejudicially that it’s caused them emotional distress or a psychological injury. Whilst on Workcover, an injured … Read more

A Guide to Understanding Negligence and Duty of Care in Personal Injury Claims: Queensland

Negligence is a legal concept that refers to the failure of an individual or entity to exercise reasonable care, caution, or skill, which results in harm or injury to another person. In the context of personal injury claims in Queensland, negligence is a critical component that determines whether an injured person can seek compensation from … Read more