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Medical Panel examinations – beyond belief they are not recorded – Supreme Court Vic

In a fairly recent (August 2013) scorching  judgment related to a medical panel process, the Victorian Supreme Court has found an injured workers’ compensation dispute could have been easily resolved if the medical panel examination of the injured worker had been tape recorded.

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Understanding No Win No Fee cost agreements and their pitfalls

As we’ve mentioned yesterday, many lawyers (and law firms) enter into ‘no win‐no fee’ costs agreements with their clients, undertaking legal work on their behalf on what is sometimes called a ‘speculative’ basis ( because the lawyer agrees to take the risk that the case might lose)
The idea behind a ‘no win ‐ no fee’ cost agreement is that it gives people with limited finances access to justice…

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Deeds of release often used in settling workcover cases- what are they?

Deeds of release are often used in settling workcover cases  and common law claims between employers (or their representing insurance companies and defense lawyers) and injured workers — but what are they really? In this article, we try to discuss what deed are, how they’re written and provide very important tips on their use for injured workers.

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Will you be charged a percentage of your compensation payouts? NO!!!

It is is a widely held belief  that an injured worker (the Claimant) will be charged a certain percentage ( i.e. 25 %) of the settlement sum  by their representing lawyer(s) after a common law case has reached settlement [and with a no win no fee structure.]. Some injured workers even believe that their lawyers will take a certain percentage of their lumpsum. This is NOT true! (At least not in Vic)

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Free Advice but NOT Free Legal Costs

Greg Pearce is obviously worried about what Fred Nile’s amendments to the NSW Workers Compensation legislation have done. So what does he do? Creates a new ‘free’ legal advice centre where you can talk to lawyers of the government’s choice and have the pleasure of still paying legal fees if you don’t agree with them.

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