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Angela Sdrinis is a senior partner with Ryan Carlisle Thomas. She is an LIV Accredited Specialist in Personal Injuries with extensive experience in Comcare matters.
Richard Derks is a Partner of the firm and practices in the area of personal injury including WorkSafe and transport accidents. He is an advocate in a variety of forums for the rights of the victims of accidents at work and on the roads.
Shaun Marcus is a Partner of the firm. He is an LIV Accredited Specialist in Personal Injuries, practising in this area with a particular focus on workers compensation and asbestos claims.
Peter Claven practices in personal injury at our Warrnambool office. He joined Stringer Clark in 2007 and is a member of the Australian Lawyers Alliance.
Michael Burdess joined Stringer Clark in early 2006 and practices in the area of personal injury including WorkSafe and TAC.
Penny Savidis is a Partner of the firm and practices predominantly in the area of employment law.
Published: 07 November 2011
Author: Angela Sdrinis
Comcare's new compo guide finally released
Comcare, the Commonwealth Government's workers compensation scheme, has finally released its new draft guidelines, having had its previous guidelines challenged and overruled by the Federal Court.
The guidelines contain tables under which compensation entitlements are determined.
The discredited guide was found to be inconsistent with legislation that entitles all workers to financial compensation for any injury that leads to a permanent impairment level of 10% or more.
Comcare initially made a commitment to replace the dodgy guidelines with new ones by July this year. Then the deadline slipped to October. The agency has now prepared a new guide, which has a proposed commencement date of 1 December 2011.
Watch this space to see if the draft guide is passed in its present form and if in fact it commences on 1 December.
Time will tell whether this amended guide will prove to allow adequate compensation for injured workers.