Providing PPE to health care workers is not enough

The recent announcement by the Queensland Government that they have stockpiled and secured ongoing supply lines for PPE equipment for our health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the employer’s duty of care to provide proper and safe plant and equipment to employees to safely perform the tasks of their employment. But it is … Read more Providing PPE to health care workers is not enough

Workplace Deaths – where do families turn to?

There have been a recent spate of workplace deaths in Queensland, particularly in the mining industry. Safe Work Australia’s statistics as published on their website outlines that: There were 166 workplace deaths occurring in Australia in the 2019 calendar year.  That was an approximate 15% increase on the 144 workplace deaths that occurred in 2018.  … Read more Workplace Deaths – where do families turn to?

Back Breaking Work

WorkCover Queensland’s (WCQ) Annual Report 2018-2019 contains interesting reading concerning the types of injuries and areas of work causing claims within the WCQ scheme.  Of the 2,541 common law claims lodged in the 2019 financial year, 27.4% of claims involved injuries to the back. The industries which created the greatest incidences of common law claims … Read more Back Breaking Work

Maximising the Damages Result – an Artform or a Science?

For almost every personal injury claimant, whether it be a workplace injury, motor vehicle accident, a slip and fall or a medical negligence claim, a major source of anxiety at the commencement of the process is ensuring that they are comfortable that the lawyer they choose to represent them understands their individual circumstances, the losses … Read more Maximising the Damages Result – an Artform or a Science?

Business Interruption Insurance and COVID-19: Is there an avenue for affected businesses?

When the seriousness of the COVID-19 outbreak in Australia became apparent, I spoke to a friend who is a Commercial Insurance Broker.  He indicated to me that his phone was ringing off the hook with concerned business owners interested as to what insurance coverage they had for their business and how that might apply to … Read more Business Interruption Insurance and COVID-19: Is there an avenue for affected businesses?