A word about legal costs re workcover claims
Following a great tip posted by ‘@Legal Stuff‘ on 23 May 2014, reminding us all that ‘ upon visiting a lawyer and before signing anything to ask the lawyer will he/she indemnify you from costs should you lose your common law case…’, we decided that it would be very useful for our injured readers to have rapid access to our collective information and knowledge about legal costs in relation to a workcover claim. And so it is we created this page – dedicated to @Legal Stuff!Feel free to contribute where possible, any information, tips etc in all Australian jurisdictions are most welcome.
No win no fee legal cost agreements
For many poverty-stricken injured workers who can’t afford to pay their legal costs up‐front or on a ‘pay as you go’ basis, a no win no fee type of agreement enables them to engage a lawyer to help them pursue their legal rights.
Injured workers basically pay the lawyer (or law firm) only after their case is settled or otherwise decided, and only if they are successful.
However, as with any contract (a no win-no fee cost agreement is a contract indeed), there can be pitfalls, and injured workers should be aware of these before entering into such an arrangement.
To read this important article, please click on Understanding No Win No Fee cost agreements and their pitfalls.
You may also be interested in the following article, if you’re based in Victoria: Will you be charged a percentage of your compensation payouts? NO!!!
Helpful assistance re concerns about legal costs
A very kind and generous Legal Costs Lawyer shares much needed and helpful information and assistance with regard to concerns about legal costs.
It may be helpful to injured workers to know they have somewhere to turn if they think their lawyer is charging too much!
To read the article, please click on Legal Costs Lawyer shares helpful assistance re concerns about legal costs
Deeds of Release
Deeds of release are often used in settling workcover cases and common law claims between employers (or their representing insurance companies and defense lawyers) and injured workers — but what are they really? In this article, we try to discuss what deeds are, how they’re written and provide very important tips on their use for injured workers.
Workcover NSW and legal costs
The WorkCover Independent Review Office (WIRO) has established the Independent Legal Assistance and Review Service. The Service facilitates access to free independent legal advice to injured workers, in circumstances where there is a disagreement with insurers regarding entitlements. For more information on how it works and how to apply, please read the ILARS Fact sheet or contact the WIRO.
Notwithstanding the unfavourable outcome of the Goudapel case, WIRO will continue funding and will consider fresh applications on behalf of injured workers where there are reasonable prospects of such a degree being achieved. The WIRO expect lawyers for injured workers to properly consider that the necessary degree will be reached because it is unfair to an injured worker to hold out that such prospects exist when it is realistically unlikely. Read the WIRO’s latest Wire on funding WPI matters following the Goudappel High Court Decision here.