Helen McHugh

Helen McHugh

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

Employers & Latent Risk | Workers Compensation

Helen specialises in complex and catastrophic workers compensation insurance litigation

Helen practises across a variety of insurance law matters including catastrophic injury, compensation to relatives, dust diseases and employer liability claims in the context of State workers compensation, common law work injury damages and recovery.  Helen also represents employers and insurers in federal workers compensation and Commonwealth seafarers’ matters.

Helen has advised on and defended hundreds of claims for statutory workers compensation benefits for both insurers and self-insurers primarily in the Workers Compensation Commission of New South Wales but also in the Work Health Court of the Northern Territory and the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Tribunal of Tasmania.

Helen often provides strategic advice to major Australian insurers, self-insurers and reinsurers on the day-to-day management of these insurance claims and regularly acts in complex and catastrophic injury and recovery claims across multiple jurisdictions.

Helen’s experience extends to latent personal injury claims which require consideration of historical public liability insurance policies, including claims concerning the sexual abuse of minors.

Helen is a member of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee at Curwoods and coordinates the Law Firms Encouraging and Assisting Promising Students (LEAPS) programme.


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