QF32 Class Action Update

Posted on September 13, 2017

LHD have continued to pursue the QF32 class action in the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

Important Workers Compensation Entitlement Changes

Posted on August 1, 2017

In 2012 the NSW Government introduced a number of changes that affect workers’ rights in NSW. As part of those changes, the Government sought to limit a Workers entitlement to receive weekly payments to a maximum of 260 weeks unless a Worker has a Whole Person Impairment (“WPI”) of at least 21%.

Medical Negligence, have you been affected?

Posted on July 5, 2017

At LHD Lawyers, we are passionate about seeking compensation for these victims and their families. Although compensation doesn’t always help to take away pain, it can help make life easier and get you back on track.

Australia's Most Dangerous Roads

Posted on July 4, 2017

No matter where or when you drive, there are always dangers that come with everyday driving. Read more to find out the what roads made up of Australia's top ten.

Flight Automation Leaves Pilots Powerless

Posted on July 3, 2017

When an automated plane system fails, it falls on the pilots to correct the issue, ensuring all passengers are safe. In the rare occasion when a pilot cannot take manual control over the plane, it insights fear and confusion. Experienced pilot, Kevin Sullivan was faced with this situation in 2008 while flying the Qantas Flight 72, carrying 303 passengers.

AirAsia X Flight D7237

Posted on June 29, 2017

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating a significant incident involving AirAsia X Flight D7237 which was operating from Perth, Western Australia to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Sunday, 25 June 2017.

TPD Claims Infographics

Posted on June 7, 2017

Benefits to injured motorists could be slashed under planned green slip changes

Posted on June 2, 2017

Automated Intelligence: Flying Cars and Compensation Claims

Posted on May 1, 2017

How TPD affects us all and why you should care

Posted on May 1, 2017

If you have had to stop working due to injury or illness then you may be able to claim Total and Permanent Disability.

Passengers on Flight QF29 Melbourne to Hong Kong may be entitled to compensation

Posted on April 17, 2017

Australian authorities are in the beginning stages of investigating a serious aviation incident on QANTAS QF29 service between Melbourne and Hong Kong on April 7, 2017.

Superannuation: What Happens When You Die?

Posted on March 12, 2017

Our team of lawyers have put together some points that you should take into consideration when deciding what to do with your Superannuation. Read more.

Business Partnerships & How to Protect Yourself

Posted on March 12, 2017

While it may seem fine to rush into starting a business straight away, there are a few things you need to consider when it comes to business partnerships. We've listed 4 important points you should consider.

Total And Permanent Disability

Posted on January 30, 2017

Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) insurance cover pays a lump sum to a person if they suffer from an illness and injury which prevents them from working. This insurance is often attached to death cover which is offered through a superannuation fund. Superannuation is compulsory in Australia and every person who works or has worked at some point in their life will be a member of a superannuation fund which their employer would have contributed to.

Things You Should Do After a Car Accident

Posted on December 7, 2016

Car accidents can happen any time, any place, to anyone. Even the most skilled drivers have car accidents. If you have been recently involved in a car accident, make sure to contact an LHD legal representative as soon as possible.

LHD Lawyers Opens New Perth Office

Posted on September 22, 2016

LHD Lawyers are pleased to announce the opening of their new Perth office. The new office was officially opened on Wednesday 14th September 2016.

LHD Lawyers Port Macquarie Moves to a New Office Location

Posted on September 5, 2016

LHD Lawyers are pleased to announce their new Port Macquarie location, effective as of Friday, 2nd September, 2016.

LHD Lawyers acquires Carrolls Lawyers

Posted on August 14, 2016

All MH17 Victims could be included in Australian Case

Posted on August 4, 2016

Family members of all flight crew and passengers on board the ill-fated Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 could be involved in an Australian class action, even if they reside overseas, according to Federal Court documents.

The First Shot... Not the Last!

Posted on July 22, 2015

On Friday LHD and I fired the first shot in the battle for dignity in the long conflict over the lost victims of MHA 17. A Summons was filed in the NSW Supreme Court asking for a clear and complete declaration of the damages which Australian Plaintiffs could recover for their lost loved ones. Malaysian Airlines and their representative have not been clear or complete.

LHD File First Supreme Court Action against Malaysia Airlines

Posted on July 21, 2015

Late on Friday, July 17, 2015 LHD lawyers filed the first action against Malaysia Airlines in the Supreme Court of New South Wales asking the Court to clarify and complete the law found in the Commercial Aviation Civil Liability Act or "CACL" as amended in 2008.

Women in Business - Katie Thomas from LHD Legal

Posted on March 27, 2015

Katie Thomas from our Port Macquarie office for LHD Legal recently featured in Day 19 of the Women in Business Profiles. Read more about what makes Katie a standout in Port Macquarie and her best quote for women in business.


Posted on February 12, 2015

The picture is not getting any clearer with the recent accouncements by Malaysian Airlines regarding MH Flight 370 and the now apparently limited distribution of the MH Flight 17 settlement flow chart.

FIGHT THE NECESSARY FIGHT – Comments on Unprecedented Times and Inadequate Responses

Posted on January 21, 2015

If you’ve lost a family member to an air disaster, you’ve known devastation and loss on an enormous scale. And you’re probably more than a little confounded by promises made by recalcitrant airlines, panicked insurers and case brokers who will say all manner of things because of the money involved.

The Loss of Malaysian Airlines Legal Assistance Update

Posted on August 22, 2014

Have you, or someone you know, been affected by the Malaysian Airlines MH 17 disaster when the plane was shot down over the eastern Ukraine on 17 July 2014?

The Loss of Malaysian Airlines MH17 - Legal Assistance Available

Posted on July 22, 2014

Have you, or has someone you know, been affected by the MH 17 Malaysian Airlines disaster when the plane was shot down over the Ukraine on 17 July 2014? LHD Lawyers working with their U.S. Aviation Attorney and Co-Associate, Jerry Skinner, are ready to provide legal assistance where required to the families of those lost on MH 17.

QF32 Class Action Damages Claim - 2014 Update

Posted on July 22, 2014

The Class Action claim being litigated by LHD Lawyers in respect to the QF32 incident which occurred on 4 November 2010, continues to progress in the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

LHD successfully defends rights of injured workers to lump sum claims

Posted on May 14, 2014

On 29 April 2013, the NSW Court of Appeal handed down its decision in the workers compensation test case of Ronald Goudappel v ADCO Constructions. The Court found in favour of the injured worker in its first case that concerned how the new amendments to the Workers Compensation Act 1987 (‘the Act’) affected rights to lump sum claims for permanent impairment. This is a very significant decision, which has been long awaited by many workers adversely affected by the new amendments which took effect on 19 June 2012.

QF32 Class Action Damages Claim for Airline Compensation

Posted on November 20, 2013

LHD Lawyers act for Sandy Lam the lead plaintiff in a NSW Supreme Court class-action damages claim. Rolls-Royce PLC is the defendant. Our client alleges that she suffered psychological injuries as a result of the QF32 incident which occurred on 4 November 2010. QF32 was a Qantas A380 aircraft operating from Changi Airport, Singapore to Sydney. The aircraft was equipped with Rolls Royce engines. Sandy Lam was one of the QF32 crew members.

2012-2013 Workers Compensation Changes: Weekly Payments

Posted on July 11, 2013

The Workers Compensation Act was substantially amended in June 2012 with one of the major changes affecting weekly payments. Prior to the changes workers were entitled to claim weekly compensation as a result of injuries sustained at work. The payments were payable until retirement age provided:

2012-2013 Workers Compensation Changes: Medical Expenses

Posted on July 4, 2013

Prior to the 2012 legislative changes you were able to claim for your reasonable and necessary medical expenses that relate to the injury for life. Those expenses included items such as doctors visits, scans, medicals and therapy. Under the changes, although those benefits are still available they are now limited in time after the injury. Essentially they can now be claimed for up to twelve months after the injury or up to twelve months after weekly payments cease.

2012-2013 Workers Compensation Changes: Legal Fees

Posted on May 14, 2013

The Workers Compensation Amendment Act 2012 was introduced and passed in Parliament in June 2012. The changes were introduced, according to the state government, to reduce the workcover deficit which was unsustainable.

2012-2013 Worker's Compensation Changes: Lump Sum Entitlements

Posted on April 12, 2013

The workers compensation changes have made substantial changes to your entitlements to claim lump sum compensation where you have sustained injury in the workplace. Prior to the changes you were able to claim two lump sums, one for the permanent impairment and one for pain and suffering. The first lump sum was able to be claimed regardless of the impairment percentage and if you were over a 10% whole person impairment threshold then you could claim the second lump sum for pain and suffering.

Is Your Employer Negligent?

Posted on January 25, 2013

There are many occasions when injuries can occur at work for no reason and not due to anyone’s fault. It is just one of those things, and the Workers Compensation Act is there to provide some initial benefits to assist workers in those situations. The question however is when do you know when your employer should have done something to avoid the injury.

Easing The Pain Of Journey Claims

Posted on January 7, 2013

ecent amendments to the Workers Compensation Act 1987 (NSW) have severely disadvantaged NSW Workers. One such amendment is an injured worker’s right to claim compensation for injuries sustained whilst travelling to and from work.

LHD Lawyers Opens Local Taree Office

Posted on November 8, 2012

LHD Lawyers, the Compensation Specialists, are pleased to announce the recent opening of their first regional office at 15 Pulteney Street Taree. A decision was made to open an office in Taree when it became apparent that the needs of the Taree locals and the surrounding areas were not being met with comprehensive, or even appropriate, levels of legal advice, availability and/or service. Furthermore, Taree is a centre of vibrancy and growth which LHD Lawyers wishes to be a part of.

Will a statutory increase in damages soothe your flying nerves?

Posted on October 10, 2012

Are you the ultimate “nervous Nellie” on flights? If so, like I, you probably torture yourself with questions like; does this turbulence mean the plane is about to fall out of the sky? Why not fly above the clouds? Doesn’t the Captain realise that a mountain could be hidden in there? The plane does not seem to be slowing down, is the runway going to be long enough? Even more paranoid if you live under a flight path is the vision of a landing ending with a set of very large Dunlop tyres removing the roof of your house.

LHD win landmark compensation case over Woolworths

Posted on April 5, 2012

On 7th March 2012 the High Court delivered the eagerly awaited Judgment in the matter of Strong v Woolworths. The Court found in favour of Mrs Strong and reinstating her original award for damages. This was a great result and one which Mrs Strong has waited a long time for.

Motor Vehicle Accidents - Initial Claims Process

Posted on March 7, 2012

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, it is very important to ensure you adhere to the strict time limits imposed by the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999. There are various time limitations for lodging a claim, which are explained as follows:

Slipped over in a Shopping Centre? Read about the most recent law.

Posted on February 1, 2012

Slipped over in a Shopping Centre? Read about the most recent law LHD Lawyers has been involved in one of the leading cases in public liability law. The matter of Strong v Woolworths is presently before the High Court to determine the law relating to circumstances where someone slips over in a public place such as a shopping centre.

Interstate and Overseas Protection under the Workers Compensation Act

Posted on January 30, 2012

In our experience, it is not unusual for an injured worker to have limited knowledge of their entitlements under the NSW Workers Compensation Act ("The Act"). However, most workers do not appreciate the geographical extent of the "safety net" provided by the Act. Depending on the facts of an individual claim, the protection provided by the Act potentially extends to injuries suffered by NSW workers interstate and overseas.