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          • Women’s Health

            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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    • Hospital Negligence
          • Hospital Negligence

            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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            Hello, I’m Jade. I’m here to help you with a quick discovery call that will help us better understand your legal concerns. This way, I can connect you with the lawyer who is best suited to assist you with your situation.

            Your well-being is important to us, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.

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    • Personal Injury
          • Personal Injury

            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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    • Public Liability
          • Public Liability

            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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    • Workers Compensation
          • Workers Compensation

            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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            Your well-being is important to us, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.

            Call me on 02 4050 0330 or email admin@conradcurrylaw.com.au

    • Wills & Estate Planning
          • Wills and Estates

            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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    • Contest A Will
          • Contest A Will

            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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          • Conrad Curry Can assist you with a variety of services

            Our solicitors are highly experienced in providing you with expert legal advice and will keep you informed every step of the way. It’s good to know that our firm is trusted and effective with a high success rate.

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    • Professional Negligence
          • 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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    • Malicious Prosecution
          • Malicious Prosecution

            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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    • What to Expect
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            We are your law firm for life. You can count on us for the best legal advice and compassionate support. We understand the challenges you are facing and we want you to know that you don’t have to navigate the often daunting process alone. We are here when you need us. Let us help you find your way forward with our empathetic and efficient approach. Contact us. You can call us on (02) 4050 0330 for a free initial no-obligation consultation or book an appointment online for an in-person consultation or an online video appointment.

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Workers compensation: PIAWE top-up on less hours or pay

How much of a worker’s pre-injury average weekly earnings ‘PIAWE’ are they entitled to, particularly if they work less hours or receive less pay?

To begin with, your employer must continue to provide suitable work if possible. Your employer may have to modify or reduce the work that you were doing before you were injured until you are back at full capacity.

Importantly, under the Workers Compensation Act 1987 it is an offence for your employer to dismiss you within 6 months after you first became unfit, if you are dismissed because you are not fit for employment as a result of your injury. However, after 6 months your employer is able to terminate your employment if you are still not fit for work.

You must ensure you have a current certificate of capacity completed by your doctor at all times. This will ensure no delays in your payments.

When your pre-injury employer is unable to provide suitable work, you may be eligible to apply for a Work Trial Program. This program provides an opportunity for you to gain work experience and skills for a new job. Under the program a host employer provides you with up to 12 weeks of work experience, while you continue to receive weekly payments from your insurer as well as payment of your travel and essential clothing and equipment costs. If you would like to participate in a voluntary work trial, contact your insurer or your workplace rehabilitation provider, who can help you find a work trial host. Remember if due to your injuries you and your GP believe you are not ready to return to work, you should not agree to participate in a work trial.

If you have some capacity to work, but, find a job with less hours, whether you continue to receive weekly compensation depends on how many weeks you have been in receipt of weekly payments as follows:

1-13 weeks

Your weekly payments will be 95% of your pre-injury average weekly earnings ‘PIAWE’ (including shift and overtime allowances), minus your current weekly earnings and any other deductible amount.

For example, prior to your injury you were earning $800 per week. Your weekly payments would be $760 per week. In your new job you can only earn $300 per week. Therefore, the insurer during the first 1-13 weeks would be required to pay you the difference between $760-$300, which is $460.

14 – 52 weeks

(Subject to the insurer making a work capacity decision)

Working less than 15 hours:

Your weekly payments will be 80% of your pre-injury average weekly earnings ‘PIAWE’ (including shift and overtime allowances), minus your current weekly earnings and any other deductible amount.

For example, prior to your injury you were earning $700 per week. Your weekly payments would be $560 per week. In your new job you can only earn $400 per week. Therefore, the insurer during weeks 14-52 would be required to pay you the difference between $560-$400, which is $160.

Working more than 15 hours and earning at least $185 a week:

Your weekly payments will be 95% of your pre-injury average weekly earnings ‘PIAWE’  (including shift and overtime allowances), minus your current weekly earnings and any other deductible amount.

See the example for 1-13 weeks.

53 – 130 weeks

(Subject to the insurer making a work capacity decision)

Working less than 15 hours:

Your weekly payments will be 80% of your pre-injury average weekly earnings ‘PIAWE’ minus any deductible amounts. Shift allowances are no longer included in the calculation of your weekly payments.

Working more than 15 hours and earning at least $185 a week:

Your weekly payments will be 95% of your pre-injury average weekly earnings ‘PIAWE’ minus any deductible amounts. Shift allowances are no longer included in the calculation of your weekly payments.

131 – 260 weeks

(Subject to the insurer making a work capacity decision)

Working less than 15 hours:

If you are working your weekly payments are calculated at 80% of your pre-injury average weekly earnings ‘PIAWE’, minus deductibles and your current weekly earnings. Shift and overtime allowances are not included in weekly payments. If you have more than 20% permanent impairment, you are not required to work a minimum of 15 hours and earn a minimum amount to receive weekly payments.

 

Working more than 15 hours and earning at least $185 a week:

Your weekly payments are calculated at 80% of your pre-injury average weekly earnings ‘PIAWE’, minus deductibles and your current weekly earnings.

 

260 weeks and beyond

At 260 weeks, if you have been assessed as having a permanent impairment of more than 20%, your weekly payments will continue as above.

If you have not been assessed as having a permanent impairment of more than of 20%, your weekly payments will stop.

If an insurer has made a work capacity decision, which you disagree with, you need to get legal advice as soon as possible. Our friendly team has many years of experience in workers compensation and other personal injury claims.

At The Law Office of Conrad Curry we listen, we care and we will strive to get you the outcome you deserve. We have the knowledge and experience to be able to guide you through your claim effortlessly.

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