Injury Claim

Sex abuse redress scheme unfairly restrictive

Moves to bar sex offenders and other criminals from the Federal Government’s proposed sex abuse redress scheme have been labelled as unfair and unjust by a prominent Brisbane compensation law specialist.

Mark O’Connor said the proposed $150,000 capped government compensation payout to thousands of child sex abuse victims specifically excluded sex offenders and anyone convicted of a crime with a sentence of five years or more, including homicide, drug or fraud offences.

Justice for Injured Worker Over Cruel Newman Government Legislation

A judgement given by Judge Henry of the Cairns Supreme Court has given justice to an injured worker who would have been deprived of access to justice by the former Newman Government’s unfair workers’ compensation law changes.

The workers’ compensation changes implemented by the Newman Government prevented injured workers’ injured in the period 15 October 2013 to 30 January 2015 from pursuing negligence claims for injuries unless they had an injury assessed at greater than 5% degree of permanent impairment.

State urged to break silence and identify buildings with flammable cladding

The State Government is being urged to break its silence and identify Gold Coast buildings it knows contain highly flammable material linked to high-rise fires in ­Melbourne and Dubai.

Brisbane compensation law expert Mark O’Connor said the state’s reported refusal to identify the buildings containing cheap Chinese-made aluminium cladding linked to high rise fires defied understanding.

State Government should reassure public over explosive claims of denying compo liability

The State Government should urgently reassure the public after explosive claims that its major insurer and legal arm has unlawfully denied every personal injury claim against the Government.

Brisbane compensation law expert Mark O’Connor said the sensational claims, reported recently by media, had created a climate of uncertainty in the community and seemed to confirm what many lawyers have suspected.

Key Road Safety Change for Cyclists Now

Motorists and cyclists are being warned that after a two year trial the State Government is keeping the controversial road rule dictating safe distances between cars and bicycles.

Brisbane compensation law expert Kevin Barratt said the rule required a minimum distance between cars and cyclists. Drivers and cyclists should be aware that motorists must stay wider of the rider by giving a minimum of 1m when passing a bicycle rider in a 60 km/h or less speed zone; or 1.5m where the speed limit is over 60km/h.

Qld laws need urgent change to protect cyclists from trucks' blind spots

Media Release

Queensland needs urgent new laws to ensure big trucks have devices fitted to cover blind spots, because cyclists and motorcyclists are being killed due to poor vehicle visibility.

That’s a recommendation from the Queensland Coroner who wants heavy vehicles barred from the roads unless they are fitted with devices to warn the driver of any obstacles or other road users within the forward blind spot of the truck.

Can QLD Victims of Domestic Violence sue their attackers for Compensation?

A victim of domestic violence in Victoria who has sued her attacker for compensation might encourage victims in Queensland to also seek redress but lawyer Mark O’Connor says it all comes down to the assailant’s ability to pay.

The Victorian victim was awarded $80,000 for pain and suffering in the civil division of the Melbourne County Court after she sued her former de facto for a savage four day attack in 2013. He was jailed for six years, with a four year minimum.

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