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We acted for an injured male who was involved in a motor vehicle accident whilst on the way to work where his accident occurred over 21 years ago.  He injured his neck and back in this accident and was covered by the old journey provisions of the Workers Compensation Act.

He had previously received compensation for permanent impairment in respect to his injuries pursuant to s66 and pain and suffering prior to the changes made to workers compensation for lump sums in June 2012.

As his claim for lump sum compensation had been lodged prior to June 2012 he was able to pursue a further claim for the  deterioration of his injuries given he went on to have back and neck surgery.

We were able to reach a further settlement amount of compensation for further impairments from the insurer whose doctors came back with similar assessments but slightly less.

As a result of further negotiations with the insurer we were able to reach a settlement by agreeing to settle his claim by meeting halfway.

This has resulted in our client having a certain outcome and not having to wait months for his case to be dealt with at least by another two independent doctors, whose decision would be binding.


As our client was delivering a pizza her car was struck by a car which had crossed in front of her. Our client suffered a broken leg and was conveyed by ambulance to hospital where she remained for several weeks for surgery and recovery.

Our client fortunately made a reasonably good recovery from her injuries and was able to return to work.

Liability was admitted by the insurer and the claim was settled after our client’s injuries had stabilised.


Our client was a registered nurse who slipped on wet floor when working on night shift. Our client sustained injury to her right shoulder and started to also favour her left shoulder as she was using this more to compensate for her injury.

The insurer only initially accepted one shoulder  but we were able to successfully argue at arbitration, that both shoulder complaints were related to her initial injury. This  assisted our client in satisfying  the threshold of being at least 15% WPI and allowed her to commence a negligence against her employer.

Her claim was recently referred to mediation and resolved for a lump sum which represented a significant component for future economic loss and lost superannuation entitlements.


GM is 54 years of age.  He was driving his truck for work when the driver of a Ford motor vehicle with 5 occupants, travelling in the opposite direction, crossed into his lane and the vehicles collided.

Tragically, three of the occupants of the Ford vehicle were killed. The driver sustained catastrophic brain damage and is now in a vegetative state. The accident was caused by the other driver.

GM sustained serious orthopaedic injuries, but more significantly he developed significant psychiatric injures. Because of his psychiatric injuries he will never drive truck. His claim was settled for a considerable sum.


Helen was at work when a hasty cleaner pulled a vacuum cord tripping her up as she walked back to her desk. Helen suffered significant knee injuries that resulted in surgery forcing her to retire early. Helen successfully settled her case outside of court and can now enjoy her retirement with some financial security.


We acted for a man who was injured whilst working as a traffic controller. One of his colleagues was using an “occy strap”, which flung and struck our client in the eye causing total blindness in that eye. Despite our client being able to return to work with his employer his out of court settlement was an excellent result.


I could write a book as to how the last 4 years would have been different if not for Tom and his team.
The support, assistance, advice from the first conversation till even after the settlement was second to none from the team at Stacks Goudkamp.
Four years on and after many downs, my children and I have our lives back.
We are unable to THANK YOU enough, but know that you have changed our lives for the better in so many ways since the accident.



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