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

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

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

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

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 “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

Queensland Supreme Court Awards for Personal Injuries in 2021

We look back on decisions made in the Supreme Court of Queensland for 2021 with respect to claims for personal injuries. In total, decisions for only 8 trials were reported. Other trials for personal injury claims may have been held in 2021 but unless the judgment was included in an official law report series, they … Read more

Injured support worker wins TPD claim of over $150,000 after slipping in shower

Shower nozzle causing slip and fall injury

The Accident In 2019, a client of ROCHE Legal in their late 50’s was working as a disability support worker. The support worker was unfortunately injured at work when assisting an elderly resident in a well-known disability support and aged care facility take a shower. Specifically, the injury occurred when the support worker slipped in … Read more