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Claire Bruggemann - Senior Associate

Claire Bruggemann Claire possesses an excellent understanding of the commercial realities of insurers.

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Claire is a Senior Associate in HopgoodGanim’s Insurance and Risk practice.  Prior to joining our firm in 2013, Claire worked in various professional environments including a boutique plaintiff personal injuries firm and in-house at a large Queensland insurer.

Being a senior practitioner in workers’ compensation claims, Claire has an excellent understanding of the commercial realities of insurers.  Claire regularly represents defendant insurers in complex, multi-party workers’ compensation and public liability matters.  Claire also advises on CTP, superannuation, income protection and professional negligence matters.

Claire regularly acts for both claimants and insurers in personal injury claims across all statutory regimes in Queensland including the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003, the Personal Injuries Proceedings Act 2002 and the Motor Accident Insurance Act 1994. Claire provides advice to defendants on all aspects of insurance litigation including compliance, indemnity, liability, quantum and third party contribution.

A key focus of Claire’s practice over the last five years has been representing defendants in complex matters involving multiple tortfeasors in the mining, labour hire and construction industries. Claire has extensive experience instructing Counsel on interlocutory applications pursuant to the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999 and appearing in court personally in relation to non-contentious and simple contested applications.

Claire is a nominated individual to work on WorkCover Queensland matters and is a member of Women in Insurance.

Areas of Practice

  • Acted for a workers’ compensation insurer and employer in an industrial accident when a worker fell four metres from a ladder and sustained catastrophic spinal injuries causing paraplegia. The claim was able to be resolved on favourable terms for the insurer and employer at compulsory conference less than seven months after the commencement of the claim.
  • Represented a workers’ compensation insurer and employer in a claim made by an injured worker when she tripped as a result of her heel becoming caught between a gap in two steps.  In addition to making a claim against her employer, she also sued the contractor engaged to erect the temporary gatehouse containing the steps where the incident occurred, as well as the owner of the site. The matter was successfully resolved for a commercial sum with all three respondents making an equal contribution.
  • Represented a company in defending a public liability claim being made against it pursuant to the Civil Law (Wrongs) Act 2002 (ACT). The claimant ultimately discontinued the claim.
  • Acted for an insurer in a claim where the substantive law of Papua New Guinea applied to the matter.
  • Acted for a workers’ compensation insurer in defence of a claim commenced in the New South Wales Supreme Court. The claim was successfully resolved late in the litigation for a favourable sum which represented a significant discount on account of the risks faced by the plaintiff.
  • Acted for a workers’ compensation insurer and its insured employer in two claims brought by one injured worker. After rejecting one of the claims and discovering non-disclosure issues by the injured worker regarding previous claims in another State, the worker ultimately discontinued both claims.
  • Acted for an insurer in a claim involving five defendants. The injured worker sustained injuries in an underground mining accident. The claim was successfully resolved with all defendants contributing equally to the settlement.