Common law: Jackpot or jinx?

Gabrielle Lis and Dr Mary Wyatt

This fact sheet for workers considering a common law claim outlines pros, cons and survival tips.

Throughout much of Australia, people who are injured at work are entitled to “common law” as part of their system’s workers’ compensation scheme.  Access is usually limited according to a person’s level of impairment.  (South Australia and the Northern Territory are exceptions in that they allow no access to common law, while Queensland is an exception in that access to common law is unlimited.) Unio...

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Published 04 October, 2010 | Updated 01 March, 2016