A glass fitter has been awarded compensation in the amount of $900,000 after sustaining an injury at work, thanks to the support of law firm Gerard Malouf and Partners. —
The law firm's client’s duties involved lifting and carrying glass panels weighing more than 25kg, loading and unloading stock including glass sheets, and placing and fixing glass panels. The client had limited breaks at work, no variation or rotation of duties, and had limited assistance or lifting aid.
The client’s work resulted in anatomical changes through cumulative trauma to his cervical spine and lumbar spine. This is otherwise commonly referred to as injury sustained due to repetitive lifting or the nature and conditions of employment.
The Plaintiff underwent spinal surgery to both his lumbar and cervical spine due to radiating pain in his upper and lower limbs. His neck, right shoulder, and right elbow were in pain too. The Plaintiff subsequently required psychological sessions as the injury took a toll on his mental health.
He has not been able to perform his pre-injury employment duties since he was injured. He was certified as having no capacity to return to employment.
The law firm was able to successfully settle a permanent impairment claim for 25% Whole Person Impairment. Because their client’s Whole Person Impairment was agreed at over 15% WPI, he became eligible to potentially bring an additional claim for Common Law Modified Damages, also known as Work Injury Damages, which is a claim in negligence.
The firm then advised their client of a potential claim in negligence against his employer for their failure to provide a safe system of work which caused a serious injury resulting in him being unable to work.
A claim for Work Injury Damages was then commenced against the employer. The team at Gerard Malouf & Partners offer a “no win, no fee” arrangement whereby any client does not have to pay any fee until their matter is successfully resolved.
The law firm obtained expert evidence and prepared the claim of negligence against the employer. The matter was successfully settled by the firm’s solicitor and experienced barrister. The client ultimately received $900,000 in compensation from the worker’s compensation insurer.
About Gerard Malouf And Partners
A leading lawyer with more than 35 years of experience as an accredited specialist, Gerard Malouf has helped countless clients achieve the maximum result in the minimum amount of time. The law firm takes pride in providing a caring and friendly environment where the welfare of the client is always put first. The team handles cases from claimants in all states across Australia.
More information about the law firm and their work can be found on their website. Alternatively, the law firm can be contacted directly using the information provided below.
Gerard Malouf And Partners
25-27 Grose Street,
1800 004 878
Name: Gerard Malouf
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Organization: Gerard Malouf And Partners
Address: 25-27 Grose Street, Sydney, North Parramatta, NSW, 2151
Phone: 1800 004 878
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