In the realm of insurance claims, the determination of Total and Permanent Disablement (TPD) can be a complex and often contentious process. A recent case brought before the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) sheds light on the intricacies surrounding one complainant’s quest for a $36,000 payment based on their TPD claim.
Zaparas Lawyers successfully assisted an injured retail worker to obtain damages following an assault by a suspected shoplifter.
In 2017 near the end of the workday, our client, a Retail Sales Assistant working by herself, was assisting a customer in a clothing shop when a Shopping Centre Security Guard indicated that a person who had just entered her shop was acting suspiciously and had put something in her stomach region. Our client finished serving the customer and tidied some racks when the suspicious character removed an item of clothing that she had hidden in her own clothes, threw them on the ground and as she went to leave the store she grabbed our client, forcefully pushing her to the ground.
National Asbestos Awareness Week 2023 runs from the 20th to the 26th of November. It is a week where we raise awareness for the very real risks the Australian public still face with Asbestos and its related diseases. This National Asbestos Awareness Week marks the 20-year anniversary since Asbestos was completely banned in Australia. Throughout this week, we will reflect on the progress that has occurred since the ban, but also highlight the threats asbestos can still pose to us today.
Zaparas Lawyers recently achieved a successful jury verdict for a housekeeping attendant of a luxury Melbourne hotel. The matter ran for 10 days as a jury trial in the County Court between 29 August and the 11 September 2023. The jury …
A straddle claim is when an individual’s eligibility for benefits overlaps both the WorkCover and TAC spheres.
Navigating the intricacies of both the WorkCover and TAC compensation schemes in Victoria can be daunting, especially when an accident might be seemingly covered by both legislation’s.
The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) supports Victorians who are injured on the road and assists with recovery.
Under the “No-Fault Scheme”, the TAC can provide entitlements such as medical and like expenses.
Medical and like expenses include but are not limited to:
Radiological scans (e.g. MRI, x-ray);
Psychology/Psychiatry treatment; and/or
Medication (original receipts are required).
However, there may be instances where a TAC claimant receives a denial letter or faces challenges when claiming entitlements such as medical and like expenses.
Trade occupations represent nearly 60% of serious workers’ compensation claims in Australia despite only making up about 30% of the workforce.
If you suffer an unexpected accident in a public place or on a private property it is important for potential claimants to understand how to establish negligence and pursue a public liability claim. This blog will provide an easy-to-read step-by-step guide …
Pesticides are used domestically as well as occupationally to control, repel and destroy pests. Pesticides are commonly dispersed as an aerosol on crops. They are also used around the home and garden to control insects.
Benzene, an aromatic hydrocarbon, is mainly derived from petroleum and is used as an intermediate in the chemical industry as well as a solvent in paint, inks, dyes, thinners, adhesives, and coatings. It is also commonly used in the production of polymers, resins, synthetic fibres, and rubber products.
In 2021, our client’s father, the deceased, worked as a Sales Manager with a manufacturing company. During the deceased’s period of exposure to COVID-19, the Greater Melbourne area was subject to its 6th lockdown, with orders made by the Victorian Government that limited amongst other things what work premises could be open, who could attend them and what measures needed to be in place to limit or seek to limit the spread of COVID-19 infections. The deceased only left his residence to attend his work’s premises during the weekdays or once a week to go grocery shopping. The deceased tested positive to COVID-19 and unfortunately passed away about two weeks later due to complications from the infection. Shortly after the deceased tested positive to COVID-19, about four of his colleagues also tested positive. His daughter subsequently lodged a WorkCover dependency claim which was rejected by the WorkCover insurer.
WorkCover claims are important for workers who have suffered injuries or illnesses as a result of their work. It is essential for those injured at work to understand the process in making a WorkCover claims as they aid an individual financially during such a stressful time.