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.
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…
A very kind and generous Legal Costs Lawyer contacted us in relation to disgraced and banned VCL lawyer Sam Bektas, and shares much needed and helpful assistance with regard to concerns about legal costs.
Oh my god, you wouldn’t believe it but our “friend” the rogue lawyer Sam Bektas has been banned from practising law!
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.
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)
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.
When the new workers comp laws were introduced different parts of the legislation came into operation at different times. Here is an explanation of how the changes are being implemented.