SIX FIGURE PAYOUT FOR Within 4 months, the VWA accepted INJURED WORKER that the injury was a ‘serious injury’ and a month later after some heavy In January 2007, Berrigan Doube negotiations, Berrigan Doube Lawyers Lawyers successfully negotiated a lump secured a $120,000.00 lump sum sum compensation payout for a client compensation payout for our client for who suffered a back injury at work. pain and suffering. After a period of rehabilitation our client Our client’s rights to lump sum was able to re-enter the workforce, compensation for loss of earnings were however, the workplace accident left our also preserved should he be unable to client with a permanent injury and he continue his current work due to the was unable to resume his pre-injury workplace injury. employment. Our client initially engaged a large national law firm to handle his claim but he did not receive the service he had expected and so came to Berrigan Doube Lawyers. The WorkCover insurer accepted our client’s claim, but assessed his injury at 5% impairment and offered our client no compensation. We obtained information about our client’s medical history under freedom of information laws and arranged appropriate medical examinations for our client to attend. We then made a claim against the Victorian Workcover Authority that our client’s injury was a ‘serious injury’ as defined under section 134AB(37) Accident Compensation Act 1985 and that he was entitled to lump sum compensation.
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