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November 22, 2017

Workers compensation claims: Why do I need a lawyer?

Legal jargon is notoriously difficult to understand, requiring lawyers to complete years of study to master the complex language of legislation. For the majority of the population, trying to understand legal rules can be a nightmare.  Workplace injury claims are no exception. Workplace accidents: The legal scheme If you sustain a workplace injury, your life […]

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November 9, 2017

Fruit pickers, take note

Come harvest time, most Australian farmers are desperate for good workers.  For backpackers fruit picking is a relatively easy job to secure between December and July, but the work itself is far from a walk in the park.  Days are long, with repetitive and physically demanding tasks in very hot and humid conditions. Backpackers, know […]

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November 8, 2017

Client says workers compensation reforms will leave him destitute

Workers compensation recipients will be left destitute this Christmas as workers compensation reforms threaten to take away two-thirds of their pay. Shine Lawyer’s client, Anthony McGarrell fears “ending up on the street”, following news his workers compensation payments will cease as of the 26th December. “It’s an inhumane thing for the government to do at […]

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October 31, 2017

WorkSafe battles continue despite ‘overhaul’

Shine Lawyers has called for greater action from WorkSafe, saying that dozens of vulnerable and injured Victorian workers continue to face protracted and unnecessary battles to recover their entitlements, despite the Victorian WorkCover Authority’s assurances that a ‘major overhaul’ is underway. The calls come following reports by the ABC of further allegations against the authority, […]

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October 30, 2017

Mental health in the workplace: Australian Federal Police officers speak out

Members of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) have recently started to stand up and speak out. Tales of inadequate institutional support for workplace bullying and mental health issues are coming forward. Almost 100 officers both past and present have spoken out on what has been called the AFP’s “disturbing bullying culture”. With incidents of workplace […]

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October 26, 2017

Workplace health and safety quiz

Each year, our workers compensation lawyers receive thousands of claims from people who weren’t provided with adequate training or safety equipment from their employer and sustained serious injuries as a result. We see firsthand the devastating impacts work-related injuries can have on workers and their loved ones, and are dedicated to promoting best practice in […]

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September 21, 2017

Royal Australia Air Force (RAAF) workers suffering cellular damage having worked with Jet Fuel

Some workers exposed to jet fuel within the RAAF have suffered damage to their body cells, which could have unknown long term consequences to their health. Research released under a Freedom of Information laws request has found that this link is “evidence of small but persistent cellular damage” Dr Ian Garden recently told the ABC. […]

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August 4, 2017

Case study: $6.7m awarded to three workers harmed in explosion

As reported in the Canberra Times on Thursday 2 October 2014, Cosmetic giant Revlon and the ACT government agreed to pay Mr Abraham Sumners and two other men compensation worth a cumulative $6.7 million over the blast at a medical waste disposal facility in 2009. The mothers of two of the men also received six-figure […]

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July 5, 2017

Silicosis on the rise: The hidden dangers of engineered stone

Historically, silicosis has been recognised as a dust disease affecting labourers from 40 to 50 years ago who worked closely with sandstone products. Unfortunately, this is no longer appears to be the case and many modern workers may be at risk. What is silicosis? Silicosis is a permanent and aggressive lung disease caused by breathing […]

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