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.
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
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