WorkSafe pays law firms bonuses to minimise victims’ payouts
By Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker
Dec. 26, 2013,
Victoria’s work safety authority is paying lawyers millions of dollars in confidential bonuses to minimise payouts in compensation cases brought by alleged victims of workplace accidents.
In at least one case, a firm representing the authority received more than $1 million in bonuses over 12 months on top of legal fees.
The bonuses are paid out by WorkSafe Victoria, which receives its funding from fees paid by Victorian businesses. The bonus scheme has provoked debate inside the legal community because of the potential it will encourage firms to cut corners in order to maximise their bonus payouts, or devise other strategies that may not be in the best interest of victims or the scheme
This sort of legal scumbaggery/ Racketeering of the rules and regulations for profits is shamefull and depriving your children of a bright future
Karl Klang has a song called Hang em high may be its time !!
- WorkSafe pays to minimise payouts (theage.com.au)
- State pension officials draw $9.4M in bonuses (star-telegram.com)
- Boies Schiller Raises the Bar on Bonuses (dealbook.nytimes.com)
- Legal firm hit with £2 damages after Newcastle Airport bonus row (thejournal.co.uk)
- Pike payout reaches some families (stuff.co.nz)
- The case for the reintroduction of public flogging. (timothyrhaslett.wordpress.com)
- Denise Cosgrove’s WorkSafe Victoria in corruption and privacy scandal (occupymelbourne.net)
- WorkSafe pays law firms bonuses to minimise victims’ payouts (smh.com.au)