Richard specialises in work injury damages, workers compensation, Comcare claims, motor vehicle accident claims, personal injury, public liability and industrial hearing loss claims.
Richard is based in our Parramatta office but can also meet clients at our Penrith office, subject to an appointment. Richard commenced with the firm as a law clerk in September 2003. He was admitted as a solicitor in August 2006 and was appointed a Partner of the firm in July 2013.
Richard is the managing partner of the Workers Compensation Law Department at the Parramatta office. He has a high level of expertise in dealing with injuries that occur in the work place, workers compensation claims, work injury damages claims, work related injuries on behalf of Commonwealth employees that give rise to Comcare claims and total and permanent disablement claims under superannuation policies.
Richard also has a high level expertise in dealing with motor vehicle accident and public liability claims. He is an Accredited Specialist in personal injury law and an approved legal service provider to the WorkCover Independent Review Officer (WIRO).
Apart from his one to one dealings with injured workers Richard also provides high level legal advice to the firm’s Union clients and a number of Australia’s largest health services providers.
“I like to make sure that my clients get clear updated advice and recommendations at all times so that they can make informed decisions about their cases”
Workers Compensation – Michelle Strickland Michelle Strickland is a Sydney grandmother who suffered permanent neurological damage from painkillers she was prescribed for a relatively minor work related repetitive strain injury. Richard won a landmark case against her employer in the Workers Compensation Commission and then defended the Appeal that was lodged by her employer to the NSW Court of Appeal. As a consequence of winning her claim Mrs Strickland now has a legal right to ongoing compensation and to have her medical expenses paid. Her decision to sets a precedent in relation to the use of anti-inflammatories to control pain and other medical conditions that arise including aneurisms. Where a worker suffers secondary injury as a consequence of taking medication for a primary injury the worker is now entitled to make a claim for compensation and have compensation paid. Industrial Deafness and hearing loss Richard supervises the largest industrial hearing loss practice in New South Wales and South Australia. Industrial noise is the most common cause of occupational hearing loss or as it is commonly known, industrial deafness. It is irreversible. More than 1 million employees in Australia are estimated to be exposed to high levels of industrial noise at work, so high as to cause permanent hearing impairment. Workers who suffer permanent hearing impairment and can achieve the threshold set under the Workers Compensation Act are able to claim lump sum compensation and the cost of medical treatment including hearing aids. Richard has a strong association with the Melkite Catholic Church via his involvement with the welfare and youth committees and is an active member of the Australian Jordanian Society.