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Brisbane lawyer, Mark O’Connor, says the State Government should urgently re-think its planned changes to workers’ compensation laws which would re-classify many workers as sub-contractors and deny them access to the State’s workers’ compensation scheme.
He said changes signaled by Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie could cause enormous hurt, particularly to those working in the building...Read more
Attention businesses, builders & property developers
The Work Health & Safety Act 2011 (the “WHSA”) was introduced on 1 January 2012 to provide a national system of work safety laws. Unfortunately uniformity has come with the price of expanded obligations for your business.
The WHSA applies not only to companies but also to sole traders, partnerships,...Read more
Graham & Ors v Welch (2012) QCA282... Read more
A meltdown in Queensland hospitals with rising rates of misdiagnosis and flawed operations has spurred an increase in the number of medical negligence lawsuits underway.
Brisbane compensation lawyer Mark O’Connor said he had encountered more inquiries for medical negligence lawsuits in recent months than in whole previous years.
“I can get several calls a day from people wanting...Read more
Brisbane injury compensation lawyer Mark O’Connor fears Queensland’s common law system for injury compensation claims is under attack in a campaign to push the state into line with a national no-fault scheme.
He said examples of Queensland’s current fault- based scheme, quoted in media to suggest unfairness in the system, did not depict the whole picture and suggested people injured due...Read more
A Brisbane lawyer backing calls for a ban on solariums in Queensland says their use should be compared to the serious health risks posed by smoking.
Mark O’Connor endorsed moves by the State Government to outlaw solariums, saying the known health risks were too serious to ignore, and solarium operators could be at risk of legal action from customers.
“I would hope that solarium...Read more
A federal government plan to help fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme by requiring injury victims to sue for compensation has logic behind the proposal, according to Brisbane lawyer Mark O’Connor.
He said while it was unusual to have a government compensation scheme which requires people to pursue a claim for damages, the concept had merit.
“If a person has a serious...Read more