Insurance and Risk

Contentious and non-contentious insurance and compensation advice.

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We work with insurance providers, large national and international self-insured employers, and the insured to provide advice on both contentious and non-contentious insurance issues. Our team has developed a reputation for providing quality, partner-led legal advice, while maintaining a consistently high level of service and a great track record of achieving successful outcomes for our clients in this area of law.

We specialise in work accident claims involving fraud, catastrophic injuries and multiple respondents. As a member of WorkCover Queensland's legal panel, we represent employers under the WorkCover Queensland scheme on common law damages actions, as well as providing legal advice on risk management initiatives, the rehabilitation of injured workers, and workplace health and safety issues.

Our insurance team has significant experience in claims arising from retailing operations, including from one of Australia's largest employers' in the areas of workers' compensation and public liability claims.

We also act for major public liability insurers in a variety of sectors, including entertainment, recreation and industry, and for injured parties in motor vehicle accidents.

With a focus on building strong commercial alliances with their clients, our insurance and risk advisors keep the needs and requirements of both injured workers and insured employers front of mind. We find that building strong alliances, coupled with genuine empathy with injured workers, ensures the favourable and timely resolution of claims.  

HopgoodGanim Lawyers' Insurance & Risk team were named in Doyle's Guide to the Legal Profession as Leading Workplace Accident & WorkCover Insurance Law Firms - Queensland, 2015 and 2017.  

Contractual indemnities and obligations to insure

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Areas of Expertise

  • Workers' compensation advice and management of claims, including advising on work injury claim processes 
  • Occupier and other public liability claims 
  • Risk management analysis and advice 
  • Indemnity dispute resolution 
  • Product liability 
  • Workplace health and safety
  • Motor vehicle accident claims 
  • Directors’ and officers insurance
  • Acting for Vero Liability Insurance, New Zealand's largest liability insurer, in relation to its public liability claims in Queensland. 
  • Successfully representing an employer and its workers’ compensation insurer in a complex multiparty claim relating to catastrophic injuries suffered by a worker caught in a landslide in the course of employment. 
  • Advising an employer on liability and contribution in circumstances where a worker sustained severe orthopaedic injuries after falling six metres from a damaged roof during the course of his employment. 
  • Successfully representing insurance companies and their insured manufacturer clients in claims for contribution by retailers following injuries sustained by purchasers of products. 
  • Advising on fraudulent workers’ compensation claims, including leading investigations to uncover the fraudulent behaviour. 
  • Advising Warner Village Theme Parks on all facets of public liability claims, risk management and court actions Australia-wide for Couran Cove Island Resort, Sea World, Movie World, Wet ‘n' Wild Water Park, Australian Outback Spectacular and Sea World Nara Resort. 
  • Acting for BP in a claim for over $1.5 million for an asbestos-related disease. 
  • Acting for Brisbane Markets to defend a claim for $300,000 in compensation after a worker for a tenant was hit by a forklift.