South Australian Court of Appeal sets new high water mark for exemplary/punitive damages in asbestos cases.

By | February 13th, 2018|Black Lung and Dust Diseases, Case Studies, News, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By Tristan Higham Amaca v Latz [2017] SASCFC 145 Background The plaintiff was diagnosed with terminal mesothelioma in October 2016. He alleged he contracted the disease as a result of his exposure to products manufactured by James Hardie and Coy Pty Ltd (“James Hardie”), between 1976 and 1977 when he constructed a fence on his [...]

It no longer stays

By | February 13th, 2018|News, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By SiSi Soong On 31 August 2017 the Queensland Government enacted the Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation (Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2017 (“Act”). The well-known purposes of the Act are to provide stronger workers’ compensation protection for black lung workers and improve the electrical safety licensing framework. However, the Act impacts beyond [...]

We are searching for a brilliant thinking Graduate Lawyer

By | February 7th, 2018|Join our team, News|

About Us BTLawyers is a leading Queensland law firm specialising in insurance litigation, workers’ compensation, dispute resolution, personal and family law. We are a fast-growing law firm of brilliant, bold and balanced thinkers.  We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious Graduate Lawyer to join our insurance team. We pride ourselves on providing outstanding service [...]

Pre-employment Medicals

By | February 6th, 2018|HR/IR, News, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By Carlen Lowe Employers owe a high duty of care to its employees and a pre-employment medical examination may go towards fulfilling those obligations.  Such assessments can: Confirm an applicant is able to perform the inherent requirements of the role; Allow an employer to account for any disabilities, impairments, and pre-existing medical conditions an applicant [...]

Back to work and the year ahead

By | January 29th, 2018|HR/IR, News, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By Samantha Abbott With a new work year ahead and potentially new workers on board, it is a prudent time for businesses to review their workplace health and safety systems and ensure workers are properly inducted, trained and supervised in their role. Equally it is important to review plant and equipment to ensure it is [...]

Does your business provide labour hire or use labour hire?

By | January 24th, 2018|HR/IR, Litigation, News, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By Samantha Abbott The Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 (“the Act”) commences on 16 April 2018. The Act responds to the Report of the Queensland Finance and Administration Parliamentary Committee Inquiry, released on 30 June 2016, which contained evidence of exploitation of labour hire workers including mistreatment of workers, not providing appropriate safety and training, avoiding responsibilities [...]

Top 5 Tips for Managing a Litigant Employee

By | January 23rd, 2018|HR/IR, Litigation, News, Uncategorized, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By Brooke Wilton It can be satisfying to know that you have helped an injured worker through their rehabilitation and assisted them to return to work within your business; but navigating the ongoing employer/employee relationship can become more difficult when an employee decides to bring a common law claim. Here are out top 5 tips [...]

Managing Risk: The 3 Key Benefits of Site Visits

By | January 18th, 2018|HR/IR, News, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By Georgina Wong Did you know that the police forensic investigation team often visit wrecking yards to conduct tests to determine the cause of a motor vehicle accident?  This is something I learned when I recently conducted a site visit to investigate a personal injury claim. Many people believe that being a lawyer is all [...]

Preparing for Christmas as a co-parent

By | November 22nd, 2017|Family Law, News|

We are delighted to share with you a podcast with Lucy Good from Beanstalk Mums and our family law specialist Vanessa Hernandez talking co-parenting at Christmas and how to be prepared…. This is one for the co-parents amongst us. It’s all about that happy, merry, family time we call Christmas. Yes, what was once a [...]

Robinson v Lorna Jane Pty Ltd [2017] QDC 266

By | November 8th, 2017|HR/IR, Litigation, News, Workers Compensation & Insurance|

By Kerrie Jackson This bullying and harassment case was heard before Judge Koppenol over 12 days between February and June 2017.  The much anticipated judgment was handed down on 3 November 2017.  The Plaintiff was a store manager at a Lorna Jane store.  She claimed she was bullied and harassed by an area manager which [...]