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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

How long can you stay on Workcover Queensland?

Workcover Queensland's photograph of two tradesmen smiling.

WorkCover Queensland is the largest workers’ compensation insurer in Queensland, Australia. If you’ve been injured at work, WorkCover may provide you with financial and medical support during your recovery period. The length of time you can stay on WorkCover Queensland depends on several factors, such as the severity of your injury, your medical needs, and … Read more

Breaking the Silence: The Brisbane Youth Detention Centre’s Troubling History of Sexual Abuse

Indigenous hands gripping a chain wire fence, representing child abuse occurring in youth detention centres.

The Brisbane Youth Detention Centre (‘BYDC’) in Wacol, Brisbane, established in 2001, serves as a secure facility for male and female minors aged between 10-17 who have been remanded into custody or sentenced for an offence they have committed. Unfortunately, the centre has gained notoriety for the high rates of childhood sexual abuse reported by … Read more

Double Dipping: Making Multiple Claims for Total and Permanent Disability (TPD)

Have you ever wondered if you can make multiple claims for total and permanent disability (TPD) through your superannuation funds? The answer is yes, it is possible to have multiple TPD policies and make claims through each of them. This is often referred to as “double dipping”. Double dipping means making multiple claims for TPD … Read more

Workcover Lump Sum Permanent Impairment Payment Amounts – 2022-23

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 not likely … Read more

Social Media and Personal Injury Claims

Injured person posting on social media

Social media is an integral part of most of our daily lives. It allows us to connect with friends and family, share our thoughts and experiences, and keep up with the latest news and trends. However, social media can interfere with personal injury claims and make it more difficult for individuals to receive the compensation … Read more

Queensland Supreme & District Court Awards for Personal Injuries in 2022

In Queensland, the Supreme and District Courts are now closed for the holiday period, set to reopen in mid-late January 2023. We look back on the decisions reported in 2022 with respect to claims for personal injuries. In total, there were only 8 reported personal injury court decisions that had gone through a proper trial. … Read more

The importance of liability evidence in personal injury cases

The importance of obtaining and preserving evidence in personal injury cases cannot be overstated. In personal injury claims, evidence plays a crucial role in determining who is at fault and how much compensation the injured party is entitled to. Without proper evidence, it can be difficult, if not impossible, to prove liability and secure fair … Read more

5 ways a personal injury lawyer will strengthen a compensation claim

If you’ve been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses, including medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. Whilst you’re entitled to bring your claim for personal injuries without any representation, it is usually a terrible idea to do so. Roche Legal regularly receives phone calls from individuals … Read more

The importance of “asking” Workcover for a Notice of Assessment

We often dispel a common misconception that it is not possible to bring a common law claim for damages after the expiry of 3 years since the date of the event causing the injury, set out by s.11 of the Limitation of Actions Act 1974 (Qld) (‘LAA’). When an injured person makes a statutory workers’ compensation claim, s.302 of the Workers’ … Read more