We understand the unique challenges of the no-fault workers compensation schemes and work closely with insurers and employers to help manage and resolve claims to reduce costs and inconvenience.
How we can help
We are leaders in servicing statutory and general insurers, self-insureds and employers across all Australian states, with a national team that advises on all aspects of workers' compensation, including statutory claims (claims decisions, reviews, appeals), defending common law claims and recovery actions.
We partner with our clients to develop an all-inclusive approach to the management of risks and liabilities, providing comprehensive advice on all workplace issues, including:
- statutory workers compensation claims
- early strategic advice for statutory claims which will likely proceed to common law
- common law damages claims
- industrial relations issues which arise with injured workers
- risk management of workplace health and safety issues
- assisting with workplace investigations/prosecutions.
We have extensive expertise in handling psychiatric injury claims and appreciate the increasing burden these claims place on insurers and employers. We recommend a proactive approach to these claims to reduce the costs and promote rehabilitation and resolution.
Our experience also extends to latent onset injuries claims, acting for clients in the mining, construction & building, and retail industries. We advise on claims involving complex legal, factual, scientific and medical issues such as foreseeability and causation.
Our approach to Workers Compensation claims
We take a strategic and holistic approach to our clients’ needs and design an effective strategy for resolving the matter with the best overall outcome for the employer and the worker.
We consider more than just the legal matters
Experienced management of related employment and safety aspects
Practical educational seminars to give our clients the tools needed to manage workers’ compensation claims efficiently and effectively
Regular workplace health and safety and employment practices liability training
Examples of our work
High profile fatal accident
We provided advice to a mining company on liability, quantum and a reasonable settlement following a high profile fatal accident. We discretely engaged with the dependents to resolve the claim on a confidential basis for a sum well below reserve. The result was a win-win, achieving fair compensation for the dependents, while not subjecting both parties to long and expensive litigation.
"The BN team have greater expertise than any other panel firm at being able to find the appropriate balance of managing all stakeholders involved in a claim, irrespective if the stakeholder is the insured, claimant, broker or underwriter.”
Legal 500 Asia Pacific – Insurance, Australia