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            We know that there is disparity in women’s health care, treatment, and support. We are committed to improving the lives of women and strongly advocating for their wellbeing.  That is why we take a stand and hold medical professionals accountable when medical care falls short of expected standards by delivering the best outcome in medical negligence claims affecting women.

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            We understand you may feel let down because you have experienced inadequate or negligent care and treatment in a hospital or medical facility. Your wellbeing is most important to us and we are committed to supporting you with compassion and holding medical professionals accountable for breach of duty and negligent care.

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            Experiencing poor or adverse outcomes from allied health treatment can be distressing and life changing. We are here to support you through your claim and it is our aim to hold allied health professionals accountable for their breach of care by delivering the outcome you deserve to your negligence claims.

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            If you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, our specialist team of Personal Injury Lawyers is here to support you with compassion and understanding providing you with the right advice. Our team has substantial experience and expertise in these matters to deliver the outcomes you deserve from your claim.

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            We are here to support you and give you the clarity, guidance and the right legal advice if you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident. Our compassionate team of professionals in Personal Injury law have the technical expertise and a wealth of experience to win you the compensation you deserve.

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            Our specialist team in Personal Injury law is here to support you in accessing proper compensation if you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence. We have cutting edge expertise and experience in public liability claims to deliver the outcome you deserve.

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            We strongly believe that educational institutions must be held accountable when failing to protect children while in their care. If you have experienced institutional physical or sexual abuse, our specialist team in Personal Injury law is here to support you with compassion and offer our technical expertise and experience to deliver the best outcome in your case.

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            When you sustain an injury or illness because of work, you may be entitled to  compensation. Our specialist team in Personal Injury Law is here to support you with compassion and understanding with the right advice. We have substantial technical expertise to deliver the best possible outcome from your claim.

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            When we provide advice on estate planning, we believe  in giving advice on options to mitigate the risks of litigation by potentially unhappy family members and protecting your assets from claims. Our legal team is here to support you and address your concerns regarding your estate planning. We have immense experience in these matters, providing you with advice and representation for your unique situation and delivering the best outcomes for your case.

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            We have immense experience and specialised knowledge in family provision and wills disputes Where you have not been properly and adequately provided for under a will or where you suspect that the person making the will may not have had capacity or exercised their own free will, you need a lawyer with extensive experience and expertise. Our team of Lawyers will  provide you with advice and representation for your unique situation and deliver the best outcomes for your case.

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          • Professional Negligence

            We rely on professionals in all aspects of our lives to provide us with proper advice on which to make decisions about our financial and legal affairs. When you are let down by poor advice the results can be devastating.  We are here to support you in your claim for compensation with clarity, guidance and the right advice to achieve the outcome you deserve.

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            We believe in standing up for those people who are falsely accused and prosecuted. Our experienced legal team is here to support you with compassion and provide you with clarity, guidance, and the right advice in your claim for compensation.

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PIAWE Legislative Reforms

Why did the PIAWE legislative reforms take place?

In the past, anyone injured at work could only claim compensation for their base rate earnings. Overtime and shift penalty rates could not be claimed. This proved to be problematic for some employees as many rely on those extra payments as part of their regular income.

The government has recognised the issue and amended the relevant legislation, establishing new regulations. Together the amendments and the regulations are referred to as the PIAWE legislative reforms.

The Workers Compensation Legislation (Amendment) Act 2018 and subsequent Workers Compensation (Pre-Injury Average Weekly Earnings) Regulation 2019 have introduced changes to the way a worker’s pre-injury average weekly earnings (PIAWE) are calculated. The PIAWE legislative reforms are found in the Regulation and commenced on 21 October 2019.

When a worker sustains an injury and they are unable to perform their full pre-injury duties, if liability is accepted, they will be paid a percentage of their PIAWE for a set period. The percentage is generally 80% of their pre-injury gross earnings.

The definition of PIAWE is:
‘The weekly average of gross pre-injury earnings received by the worker during the period of 52 weeks before the injury in any employment in which the worker was engaged at the time of the injury.’

Employees who have been employed for less than 52 weeks will have their average income calculated on their most recent earnings.

What are the aims of the PIAWE legislative reforms

The PIAWE legislative reforms are aimed at:
– Increasing transparency in the process of calculating payments;
– Saving time;
– Improving outcomes for injured workers;
– Enabling workers to focus on returning to work;
– Enabling workers and their employers to agree on a payment amount;
– Reducing disputes.

Who is not affected by the PIAWE legislative reforms?

– Workers injured prior to 21 October 2019;
– Exempt workers such as coal miners, firefighters, paramedics and police.

What changes are in the PIAWE legislative reforms?

The changes allow for the following gross earnings to be included in the PIAWE calculation:

– Shift work;
– Over time;
– Work vehicles;
– Work related health insurance;
– Work related educational fees.

What can’t be claimed for in the PIAWE application?

– Compulsory superannuation contributions;
– Work bonuses.

What is involved in a making a PIAWE application?

A PIAWE application must be made within 5 days of notification of an injury to an insurer.  The insurer has 7 days to review and approve the application.  The insurer can make payments of an agreed amount until the PIAWE application is determined.

The insurer obtains payslips of the worker for the previous 52 weeks immediately prior to the injury and calculates the average gross weekly earnings received by the worker during that period.  It will include overtime and shift allowance.

The PIAWE agreement is not a work capacity decision and any final decision made will override the PIAWE agreement.  A decision cannot be made before an agreement.

If you have been injured at work and require information about your payment entitlements, contact The Law Office of Conrad Curry.

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