Decent lawyers

Good personal injury lawyers


If you are not represented by a (decent) lawyer, shame on you!

Why do you need a (decent) workcover lawyer?

Do I need a lawyer?  Yes!  This is the number one question asked by just about every (more seriously *) injured worker, and we say this without the slightest hesitation.  The only bargain or leverage you’re going to find in this sick and twisted system, is your right to have a lawyer of your choice represent you.

Without a lawyer specialising in workers’ compensation, you basically have little to no chance of getting what is rightfully yours – it’s that simple.

You see workcover insurance companies use nothing but a form of “anti- compensation terrorism” that starts the minute you enter the system, especially once you start claiming for lost time.

Your weekly payments start getting late for no reason and your endless calls to your case manager get you nowhere.  You then call your state’s workcover authority – for example the Victorian WorkSafe “Advisory Service” and they’re on a break or really can’t help you unless you have a ‘denial notice’ (for conciliation).  Weeks go by, still nothing… you and your family now struggle to put food on the table… the panic really sets in.  What do you do? Take it from us, get a lawyer  at the first sign of trouble! Decent lawyers will help you with ensuring you obtain what is rightfully yours (such as weekly pay, home help, taxi, physio, even surgery etc) as part of their service (and usually at no extra cost).

Worker’s compensation (or personal injury) lawyers are actually your very last line of defense against a multi-billion dollar, profiteering workcover-insurance industry.

If you have been (trying to) representing yourself up to now, you can -and should- switch  and get represented by a lawyer now.  Just walk into an office of a reputable workers’ compensation lawyer/ law firm and say you want to be represented. First consultations are free of charge, so ‘shop’ around if you don’t feel comfortable with the first (couple) you consult.

You’re probably wondering why the authors (and the founder) of such (yes, totally amazing) blog on the ins and out of workcover compensation is telling to get a lawyer.  We can tell you the reason why you need a lawyer in three little but big meaning words: “insurance company lawyers”aka the defence lawyers (see below for a list) for the very deep pocketed workcover insurance companies.  Most of the trouble injured workers will eventually face with their workcover claims – i.e. comes settlement time for example – can be traced directly to these parasites, excuse our French, defense lawyers.

Many of those defense lawyers  have probably caused more pain and suffering to injured workers than any combined physical and psychiatric injury or trauma imaginable. They’re immoral, their job is immoral and they are ruthless.

Unless you know your rights and how to protect them, defense lawyers for the insurance company will pay their bills with your mistakes.  Please don’t make it easy for those immortal parasites defense lawyers, get a good lawyer.

(* by more seriously we mean, more than just spraining your ankle or suffering from for example a broken leg that will heal with no complications within 4-6 weeks)

What is a decent lawyer?

In a nutshell there are basically only two kinds of lawyers: Those who remember your name and those who don’t – simple! Those who rip injured workers off fall under those who don’t remember your name.

Some workers comp lawyers are definitely the real thing.  They care about their clients – us – the injured workers. Unfortunately those genuine, caring lawyers are harder and harder to find.

The worst lawyers are the assembly-line-factory-type lawyers or law firms (aka sharks or ambulance chasers).

They are strictly in the business for the quick money.

They represent hundreds of injured workers at one given time, so many that we know of one such a lawyer talk five injured sods into settling in one and a half hours!  This shark- by the way -also had to have his PA call out the injured workers’ names before he went into “conference” mode, because he couldn’t even remember their faces or their claims! These lawyers often talk about “take it and run” – be very very careful!

Decent workers compensation Lawyers

In this (and the comment) section we’ll list some decent workers compensation lawyers – based on “word of mouth” reputation from injured workers


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Lawyers or law firms to avoid


Below is a list of workers compensation specialists who work for the defense side – that is, they defend the greedy workcover insurers (and employers), and should therefore best be avoided by injured workers! We’re not saying they are bad lawyers, immoral or whatever, but they do defend the insurers (and employers).

Workers’ Compensation Law Specialists to avoid by injured workers for obvious reasons include:



We regularly publish cases involving bad lawyers. You can find them by searching under the tag or category “lawyer”.


Do you know of a good, caring non-shark lawyer or law firm specialised in workcover injuries? Please share them!


261 Responses to “Decent lawyers”

  1. A full list of personal injury lawyers in Australia:

  2. I should add that I’m in QLD.

  3. Hi all,

    I suffered a serious back injury in 2014 that resulted in three surgeries.
    At the time, I was 23 and earning $120k a year. When I first spoke to my lawyer, he said I could claim future economic loss up until retirement age for what my earning potential was, to what it is now.

    I got assessed at 24% WPI for my back and 20% for my depressive disorder that followed my injury.
    I am now cut off from work cover, and my lawyer is now saying that I’d be lucky to get five years pay to retrain, despite my medical reports from surgeons and psychiatrists stating I am commercially unemployable and unable to study or work in any capacity.

    When I questioned my lawyer about this, he said there’s been legislative changes, and because I’m so young, the courts will say I can retrain and only award a maximum of five years wages. He continued to say the courts were ” completely for the defendants as of late” and I’m much better to settle and take the few hundred thousand.

    Am I being completely lied to or what? does my young age work against me, and has future economic loss been changed?



  4. The more I find out the more disgusted I am with the whole system. Aren’t there enough of you guys to organise and approach A Current Affair? There’s plenty of material for an investigative exposé! And how about uniting to form a lobby/action group?

    Staying out of WorkCover if I can help it – but wish you guys would do something!

    • Totally agree with you and I would definately be actively involved in it

      • Sleepless – I give in and am submitting to the WorkCover system/beast. Sending my Certificate of Incapacity and Claim form tomorrow.

        I’m in – that makes two. Please keep in touch here and if necessary I’ll set up a new email address.

        WVD – any suggestions or interest in managing this?.

        Who else would be keen to put up a fight and try bring all these bastards to account?

        • If no one is interested in managing, I could co-manage with someone else. It will give me something to do instead of talking to the walls… 🙂
          I live and breathe social justice which is why I refuse to give up.
          But I do believe that us survivors have to be proactive and put a stop to this inhumane treatment. By highlighting what is really happening to us, it will shake things up, that’s for sure…..LOL!

        • Hi outrage
          Good to hear you are fighting I am with you
          Please keep in touch with me

        • Hey Outraged, my last message was to you but forgot to put your name in. Just wanted to know how you are fairing……did you put your claim in?
          You can reach me more easily on

  5. Get a lot further with a kind word and a gun, than just a kind word.
    Al Capone.

    • I plead temporary insanity. My employer/WorkCover done it!

      • Hi mate, if you can find court cases through vsc, austlii is good site any previous compensations with similar injuries can and should be used as a guide

        Percentage of the injury is null and void if you can prove negligence, ignore people comments from other states, negligence claims against an employer or even a third party those compensations are very large

        • Hey John,

          FYI – my comment was in response to Jason’s Al Capone quote 😉

          Are you sure? WorkCover isn’t a nice option anyway – but I was led to believe even negligence cases required a minimum percentage. I find this outrageous. If I drive into a pole pissed, or leave my house unlocked at get robbed, the insurance co will run for their get out clause. But apparently negligent employers are still covered by WorkCover insurance, so get to worm their way out of the consequences with the big insurance co’s protecting themselves and the guilty. Am interested to know if this isn’t the case, or if still through the same system what the differences are if negligence is involved. It would be nice if there were some avenue for innocent victims of negligent employers.

          Have you looked at whether your case can be heard under General Protections/Adverse Action? I think a lot more people should be utilising this avenue.

  6. Hi, I am in need of advice. I have asked my worked for the jnjury report. They have actually changed this and someone else has written it. I also h ave proof with the right persons handwriting. I need help plse

  7. WTF? I came across this site 12 months ago, when diagnosed with work-related anxiety and depression. I then continued on, with my employer continuing under a pretence of ignorance, and find myself back at the same stage but in a worse place. In the last few months it has come to light that work has not been ignorant but grossly negligent and that harassment has been deliberate. I expect those who have been grossly negligent held to full account – regardless of my percentage of incapacity. Partly, because they need a lesson in not being able to treat people this way. Surely they can’t be allowed to do the same to others provided they cause less than 30% incapacity in each person they decide to target?

    Outraged at a lot of what I’m reading on this site and in the comments. Surely these experiences depend on who represents you and how things are gone about?

    There is case law that looks much more reasonable. Does this depend on the lawyer or the basis of the case (ie negligence vs compensation)?

    Hopeless – see Swan v Monash Law Book Co-operative [2013] VSC 326 for a semi-recent successful bullying claim.

    If this site and the comments here offer a truer reflection, this is a disgrace… and I’m sorry to hear your stories. Best of luck – I hope you find a way and it all works out in the end.

    • Thanks outrage for your value information

    • @outrage, yep, the system sucks, it’s all take take take and very little for the injured worker..
      Serious injury is a joke if my lawyer and barrister are anything to go by..

  8. Hey guys,

    Can somebody referr a good compensation lawyer in QLD?
    I have a serious knee injury/negligence case and Maurice Blackburn is working for WorkCover so it seems so I need a new laywer urgently!
    Thanks in advance for your help!

    • kerin lawyers are great

    • Hi Nat,
      Where did you find that Maurice Blackburn is working for WC? I’m in Cairns looking for a lawyer. I met them yesterday and I’m asking myself if I keep continue with them. Have you got any recommendation about lawyers for me? Much appreciate mate! 🙂

    • Hi Nat
      Feel free to contact me at McNamara & Associates we are at Springfield Central.

  9. Does anyone know if good no win no fee WC lawyers in NT?

  10. Re Bernie Dyer’s response – of course one first has to find a good Psychiatrist!! I have found they either avoid Workcover patients or are as thug-like as the Workcover system makes them – including being adversarial with the patient! Many of them cannot think beyond medications and don’t get me started on the continued plethora of Nurse Ratchett type Psych nurses! And heaven forbid if you have more knowledge about your condition than they do! (that’s my rant for the day 🙂 ).

    • I have been in the system for 3 and 1/2 years. I have a good G.P Psychologist and Psychiatrist . support and service are great. I just need to get the right people to present my case for me.

      • Hi stephen
        I am just on workcover for couple months .
        Could you please share some your experience with me as i was bullied at my workplace as well. I am so scared and worried . My lawyer is statter gondon
        Could you please tell me who was your lawyer .if you are happy to talk with me i will discuss further with you

      • Hi stephen
        When you are free could you please share your experience with me as i was bullied at work. I have been looked after by stater gondon . If you are free to discuss with me please let me know. I believe you still win your case as a lady she got injury 20 % but she won her case
        I am waiting for your response
        I am new on workcover therefore i feel so worried and scared
        Please help if you can

        • Hi Hopless just replying to your letter New to workcover
          Keep a diary of all appts you go to, do an excel or similar for a time line of everything, from experience do not accept phone calls or emails from workcover ask for everything in writing- they record their phone calls and as you have a bullying issue you may say something which you may regret later as they tend to turn it around and out of context, do not agree to new employer transition (NET) if they recommend it to you, you will still have to find another job on your own and it lets your previous employer off the hook, are you seeing a psychologist or psych if not you need one GPs are not experienced enough in your claim field. Travelling to appts – mileage, parking fees can all be claimed back through workcover I hope this bit of info helps

          • Hi Lucy
            Thanks for your advise, very good , I will not communicate with them anymore
            Most appreciated !!!
            I have been seeing spychiatrist and doctor …
            Please keep in touch with me as I am so sad and lonely
            again thanks for your message ?

          • Hi Lucy ,
            Most appreciated for your help!!!
            Very good advise !!!
            Please keep in touch with me as I am so sad and lonely . I am so scared and hopeless

      • Hi stephen
        When you are free could you please share your experience with me as i was bullied at work. I have been looked after by stater gondon . If you are free to discuss with me please let me know. I believe you still win your case as a lady she got injury 20 % but she won her case
        I am waiting for your response
        I am new on workcover therefore i feel so worried and scared
        Please help if you can???

      • which state are you in I may know someone who could help you I live in SA

        • Hi Lucy
          I am living in Vic
          Thanks again for your help

        • Hi Lucy, I live in SA have a permenant cognitive impairment after treatment from my workcover psychiatric injury claim. I have been stuffed around by 3 lawyers including the one I have now. I am trying so hard not to give up.

        • LOL, left out the most thing in my other message……..I would be grateful for your SA legal contact 🙂

          • Hi sleepless
            I am living in Vic
            I am happy for you to stick to your gun and DONT GIVE UP
            GOD BLESS YOU ❤️❤️❤️

            • Hey Hope,
              Thanks for your words of encouragement. I am more than happy to hear your story……… is such an isolating experience where no one understands unless they have been through it themselves. I have shared my story here on the site but it has somehow disappeared!’
              Nevertheless, you can reach me on

  11. Don’t hold your breath mate, suggest you have a chat with your nominated treating doctor and obtain a mental health care plan, (very likely you will need it or have already accessed one, refer work-cover abuse) most good psych’s have access to low cost, pro bono, or /and specialist legal reps. Even lawyers have to make a living mate.

  12. Hi, I have a psychological injury of 20% gained at work in 2012, I was bullied. I was a Manager now I am on newstart with no work capacity. I have a good case,already in court. Due to poor representation and a lack of drive by my solicitor. They have discharged me from there service.
    I am looking for someone else with the drive to win for me. Not just cover their own costs.

    • funny you say that Stephen the same has happened to me but 6 half years this shit now been going on for, I don’t understand how all independent Doctors gave me between 20%-35% never to return to work again due to snapping my R knee and contracting Chronic Regional Pain, WC and my legal have been going at it for 4yrs even though I see my 2 Pain specialists every 6 months my local GP every 2 weeks for meds, they say im getting worse, WC doctors gave me 2%-14% and maybe 1 for home duties they denied I had Chronic Pain yet said I can never return to work due to injury and age (45, I was 43 at that time but) and the absence from work over long period it would be to difficult. How the F does that work, they also sent a grubby mob called LKA group to spy on me, they videoed my wife dropping my son off at bus stop & then my daughter used wifes car and they followed her for a hour, clearly shows my wife driving car, system is a F joke, never been unemployed 3 jobs in my life, same company for 16yrs paid my taxes worked hard and FTS

    • Hi Stephen
      just a quick word, newstart and no cap sucks, apply for a disability pension see your TGP or better still get your psych to fill in the form (if rejected you can appeal) It just takes the pressure off looking for a job when sometimes all you want to do is drive into a brick wall!

  13. Hi, I’m a injured worker from vic I was a carpenter at the time of the injury 2013, I have multiple injuries with 12% physical impairment and 20% phycological, the other parties are 100% negligent and I can’t be a carpenter anymore and have been forced to retrain in another field. I’m yet to find a job that is two days a week or 12 hours roughly 300 per week

    I was earning 1700 per week prior to injury

    My lawyer tells me I would get a maximum of $200k for pain and suffering this is even after having four lists of surgeries

    Furthermore he tells me that I might not be able to sue for economic loss due to my age being 30

    Is this true or bullshit. I think he wants an easy case so he gets his money quicker.

    I’ve spoken to guys at rehab clinics in there late 50s with far less injuries with about 4% impairment getting over 800k

    Should I get another lawyer? Is there anywhere to see if they have experience in big cases

    Lastly does anyone no Who is the best injury lawyer is in Melbourne if I need to change as i need a lawyer to squeeze the life out of the insurance company so I get every last cent I’m entitled to. Thanks guys

    • Hello Mick,

      What I have learnt from my workcare saga is that there are two really important aspects, actually three. 1st is get yourself really really informed about the process (this site, plus the Law Handbook on line). 2. Yes, get a really good lawyer and 3. Patience. I went through 4 lawyers (including Slater and Gordon slackers, Maurice and Blackburn marauders (against me), Ryan Carlisle and Thomas too dainty, Simon Parsons prickly pricks and finally had some luck with Arnold Thomas Becker., however, the problem is that you will often either be given a new graduate as I was, who you have to support (!) or a thug (who is good in dealing with the system but not very supportive of you). Have you tried John Typaidos of Zaparas lawyers as shown on this site? I don’t know whether I have the energy any more to go common law and my weekly payments are pretty much set in concrete. Oh, and a 4th aspect, document EVERYTHING and keep copies of EVERYTHING and do a timeline summary of all that has happened e.g. surgery dates, medications etc. A long case gets ‘lost in time’ – I am so relieved I wrote summary updates every 6 months or so as over 5 years, the dates become jumbled. You don’t want to pay a lawyer to access documentation by spending ages sorting through your file when you can just hand it to them.

      As a complete aside, be careful of phone conversations with your lawyer – I wasn’t told that the calls are charged in 15 min blocks; funny how so many of them were 18 mins which flicked the charge into a second block of time. I wish I had obtained an itemised account before paying it – $29 to notify me of their change of address? I kid you not.

      What really irks is doing all the right things e.g. re-training, looking for work etc. and being given the run-around.

      Don’t give up because your own strength and empowerment is what is needed for your future.

    • Hi Mick

      My name is Catherine and I work for National Compensation Lawyers in Melbourne CBD, we are a relatively new firm, however, our Lawyers are very experienced in WorkCover matters, we pride ourselves on delivering a personalised service to all of our clients. Please check out our website or give us a call on 9066 3370. One of our Lawyers would be happy to give you some free initial, no obligation advice.

    • @Mick, first of all the bestest VICTORIAN lawyer is by far John Typaldos (as this site and Lisa-WCV recommend). John now works with Zaparas Lawyers. Contact John on 0437070388.
      Secondly, I know you won’t want to hear this but the whole compensation thing sucks and is not what many think. The average compensation payout is only 80,000 ! (not much at all).
      This site has some great articles about permanent impairment rating and about compensation (payout) and how it all works and how it is all calculated. I’ll try to locate them and will post the links. Essentially if you do not have (a whopping 30%) of total permanent impairment in VIC you do not qualify for common law (NEGLIGENCE LAWSUIT) as your injury is not deemed ‘serious injury’. Unless you go to court separately and a serious injury certificate is granted under the qualitative test. Also physical and psych injury ratings are not just added up, there are complicated calculations. The maximum compensation you can get for pain and suffering is CAPPED. I’ll try and find those articles for you which explains it all. Good luck

    • Your lawyer is in the clouds or thinks he is god .there is no way that you will receive that amount of compensation lucky if you get $50,000, also check pain and suffering and psych issues. In some states they do not count in your percentage of injury. Check up economic loss under state legislation work injury act (current one) check with Centrelink you may be able to get a disability support pension but if you receive a compo payout you will then have to repay all that you have received from Centrelink. If you can sue the employer for negligence look into that you may get a better payout than compensation, where they not obeying the safety rules in place by the Act should you need to reply personally that’s ok leave message here

      • Hi lucy ducy, I’ve been guaranteed over 500,000 by two of the larger legal firms when a party has been found negligent and caused the injury it’s very easy to sue for a large sum 50,000 god that’s nothing and must be for only very small basic claims. my loss of current earnings is well over 100k, and future earning is a loss of over 70 k a year I’ll let everyone no of the final figure so it can help others

        Thanks mick

        • Dear Mick
          I have been through the system myself over 5 years on workcover in SA, Redemptions almost unheard of in SA, most you will get on payout is about $20,000.00 (WPI% not included) if you are lucky, and yes I cannot work ever again due to injuries phys and psych my take home was near 90,000.00pa I got a payout fought for by my really good lawyers through the union (with very minimal costs by them less than $4000) the first 2 offers were a joke if you think you will get that much, ask for it in writing by your lawyers and get them to break it down so you know what compo is for what, don’t forget any med expenses paid inadvertently by medicare on your claim has to be paid back first (you can claim back,) any Centrelink payments also (cannot claim back) I wish you luck

    • From experience Michael. Waugh is a good barista but as for solicitors. We found it very hard to find one with the injured workers best interests put first before their own greedy selves but I did find one really good one who helped us fight our own greedy one we had supposabley representing us though our case peter Connor and made him face up to trying to rip us off over $85,000 which we got back in the end though the help from this man whom proved to us there is still such thing as a good solicitor his name is Sergey sezenco I dont think that’s how its spelt but its something like that he is from Vic legal costing if you contact him in sure if he doesn’t do litigation cases he could put you in the right direction.

  14. Just spoke to John Typaldos.

    He now works at Zaparas Lawyers.

    Contact details are as follows:

    Mobile: 0437 070 388

    Have known John for over 24 years, highly knowledgable personal injury lawyer!

  15. Just spoke to John Typaldos.

    He now works at Zaparad Lawyers.

    Contact details are as follows:

    Mobile: 0437 070 388

    Have known John for over 24 years, highly knowledgable personal injury lawyer!

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