Injured Worker Receives Over $350,000 in Compensation for Workplace Dermatitis

Published 07 Feb 2018

Our client worked at a hospital for over 30 years as a kitchenhand. Her employment at the hospital required constant exposure and contact to cleaning chemicals and detergents during the course of work.

This lead to our client developing chronic dermatitis in both her hands. She often experienced very painful symptoms where the skin on her hands would crack and bleed leaving her in excruciating pain which forced her to take days, and even months off work. She also developed dermatitis in her feet and legs.

She was subsequently certified totally unfit to work in her pre-injury occupation by her treating doctors.

We successfully settled a permanent impairment claim for 17% Whole Person Impairment with the Workers Compensation Insurer. Because our client’s Whole Person Impairment was agreed at over 15% WPI, she becomes eligible to potentially bring an additional claim for Common Law Modified Damages, also known as Work Injury Damages which is a claim in negligence.

We then advised our client of a potential claim in negligence against her employer for their failure to provide a safe system of work which caused her contact dermatitis condition.

A claim for Work Injury Damages was then commenced against the employer. Our expert team here at Gerard Malouf & Partners offer a “no win, no fee” arrangement whereby our client does not have to pay any fee until there matter is successfully resolved.

We obtained expert evidence and prepared the claim in negligence against the employer. We subsequently participated in a compulsory Mediation. The matter was then able to be successfully resolved by our solicitor and experienced barrister negotiating with the Defendant at the Mediation. Our client ultimately received over $350,000 in compensation from the workers compensation insurer.

If you live in a rural, regional or remote area, do not be discouraged. Gerard Malouf and Partners can help you recover a deserved amount of compensation for your work injury.

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