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Erin Brockovich meets an inspirational client
Friday the 23rd of March was a very special day for Lisa Van Caelenberg. She woke up thinking it was just going to be an ordinary day, which unfortunately, due to her circumstances, isn’t very pleasent. The last thing she was expecting was to have the famous Erin Brockovich turn up on her doorstep.
But that’s exactly what happened! And we have footage of the events that transpired.
With the help of her partner Tony and her Law Clerk at Shine Lawyers, Erin suprised Lisa by turning up for a chat. Together they swapped stories, met her lovely two eclectus parrots (Bobby and Bindi), and discussed her situation with regards to her claim. They also talked about how inspirational Lisa had been in setting up an amazing blog, advocating on behalf of many who have been wronged by the system.
A real battler with passion, determination and drive, much like Erin Brockovich herself, Lisa continues to inspire and provides a valuable resource through her blog for others facing similiar situations.
Shine Lawyers looks forward to what the future has in store for Lisa and is working hard towards the successful resolution of her claim.
Erin Brockovich makes a trip down under
by Shine Lawyers on April, 2012
Whistleblower Beats Bullies
A security company employee who blew the whistle on a rampant bullying has had a win over insurance company attempts to deny him compensation.
Insurance company CGU accepted full liability after initially denying that bullying had left John McPhilbin with prolonged adjustment disorder.
John McPhilbin’s stand against bullying at Chubb Security grew into a widespread union campaign to tackle the emerging workplace safety issue.
He addressed the launch of the Unions NSW Dignity and Respect in the Workplace Campaign in September last year, when his recounting of his experiences left many in the audience visibly moved.
Medical evidence showed that McPhilbin is suffering from a “prolonged adjustment disorder with anxious and depressed moods resulting from the hostility he faced at Chubb”.
“I feel vindicated,” says McPhilbin. “I had to personally establish that there were guidelines that Chubb and the insurance company ignored at every step of the way.
“It was me who had to point this out to them. I was opposed at every step of the way.
“The way it was managed made my situation increasingly worse.”
The decision is another step in tackling workplace bullying following the successful prosecution of a bullying incident at a Lidcombe joinery firm in the Chief Industrial Magistrates Court last year.
McPhilbin is concerned that the problem could still be going at Chubb and wants to see systems put in place to address workplace bullying.
As published on http://workers.labor.net.au/251/news84_bullies.html
Workers compensation NSW – 11th hour amendment Channel 10 NewsJohn McPhilbin, was interviewed by Channel 10 for the evening news a part of the workers compensation overhaul (11th hour amendment) on 22 June 2012. Read more about John McPhilbin’s Channel 10 interview in our blog article>>
NSW workers compensation “Inquiry”
John McPhilbin has also been actively involved in the NSW workers compensation “inquiry” and has not only submitted several selected submissions to the Joint Select Committee,but was also invited to testify at the Inquiry.