Workers Compensation

Covering a broad canvas, our Commonwealth Workers Compensation practice represents employers and insurers. Our team is adept at covering a wide range of cases, from psychiatric claims to general workplace injuries and catastrophic injuries.

In addition to advising on claims for Commonwealth and State employers, self-insurers and insurers, we also undertake strategic reviews in relation to claims management with employers and government bodies.  We also act on behalf of licensees and insurers under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 and in relation to seafarer claims under the Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992.

Our State Workers Compensation practice represents employers, insurers and self insurers under the WorkCover scheme.  We also provide advice on claims from the initial stages of provisional liability right up to providing advice on commutations/redemptions and termination of previous awards.

Our Commonwealth & State Workers Compensation teams act in litigated and unlitigated matters for Commonwealth and State employers, including:

  • The calculation of normal weekly earnings
  • Reduction in overtime payments
  • Psychiatric claims arising from alleged harassment and bullying in the workplace
  • Death claims and apportionment of benefits to dependents
  • Physical injuries arising out of, or in the course of, employment
  • Permanent impairment claims arising from physical and psychiatric conditions
  • Claims arising from injuries sustained to seafarers under the Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992
  • Psychiatric claims involving the defence of reasonable administrative action
  • The review of ‘tail claims’ and major claims

Our senior team members include:

Brendan Maher

Senior Associate
Bachelor of Economics, University of Sydney, 1982 / Bachelor of Laws, University of Sydney, 1984

Helen McHugh

Senior Associate
Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) (University of New South Wales) 2002 / Bachelor of Laws (University of New South Wales) 2007

Michael Poulos

Partner
Dip Law (LPAB) 1997

Andrew Spearritt

Partner
LLB (University of Sydney) 1983 / BA (Hons) (University of Sydney) 1984
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Bharat Vekria

Senior Associate
Bachelor of Laws, Anglia Ruskin University, 1997

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