Young South Coast Worker Receives $300,000 in Compensation for Explosion Injury

Published 31 Mar 2017

Employers have a duty to provide you with a safe work environment regardless of how long you’ve been employed, your age or your level of skill. Starting a new job can be daunting and the last thing a new employee wants to do, is tell their employer that they are not doing things in a safe manner. Unfortunately for some new employees, this can be a costly concern if it is not voiced.

Our client was barely 17 years old and on his second day at a new job when he was directed to carry out a highly dangerous activity by a co-worker. During this task an explosion ensued, which resulted in severe facial and body burns.  Being so young, it can be difficult to come to terms with a life-changing injury such as burns, which can affect your appearance permanently and can be emotionally devastating - as well as extremely painful. 

Employers can be held liable to compensate injured workers for the actions of their employees who have played a role in causing a workplace injury, such as in this case. At Gerard Malouf and Partners we are experts are spotting when there has been a breach of such a duty. By using our specialised knowledge of personal injury law a claim was constructed for the young man based on the negligence of the employer in failing to provide him with a safe working environment.  

The employer in this case had failed to put in place a proper training system for employees and had failed to enact procedures and policies that would help employees identify workplace risks and appropriate methods of dealing with risks in the workplace.

Gerard Malouf and Partners alleged negligence against the employer and managed to negotiate for our young client an attractive settlement offer of almost $300,000 to help place him in the best possible financial position to recover from his ordeal. We were prepared to take our young client’s claim all the way to a Court hearing if required, however, as we always act in the best interests of our Client, we managed to negotiate for him a very high amount of compensation out of Court. This prevented him from going through any unnecessary stress that comes with a Court hearing.

At Gerard Malouf and Partners we instil confidence in our clients that the lawyers here strive for the maximum amount of compensation possible. Our high level of client satisfaction comes from our strong negotiation skills and our ability to help you make the best possible legal decisions that will result in you gaining your maximum level of compensation, be it through negotiation or in the Court environment. Clients at GMP are informed step by step so they can make an informed decision which is also aimed at achieving maximum compensation.