Michelle Dubrava specialises in medical negligence claims and has extensive experience across all areas of personal injury law.
Michelle has been with our firm for over a year having last worked for a national insurance defence firm in Melbourne.
However, Michelle’s story is rather special, as she first worked with our firm in 2007 as an articled clerk because she wanted to specialise in personal injury law. Her focus on personal injury came from her experience as a practicing physiotherapist coming to understand the impact of an injury on a person’s life.
After Michelle completed her articles with our firm, Michelle indicated that she wished to pursue her dream of practicing in medical negligence. In 2008, we thought that Michelle would be best guided by a medical negligence firm to learn the necessary skills to truly understand the mindset of Defendant hospitals and doctors, and more importantly, the insurance companies that defend their interests.
We assisted Michelle with her career goals, and were pleased when Michelle eventually accepted a role with Middletons ( now K&L Gates) focusing on medical negligence work in 2010.
Over the years between 2008 and 2010 Michelle had an opportunity to gain valuable insights in how another government insurance agencies operated, working for a firm that focused on defending the interests of the VWA as well as private workcover insurance clients. Michelle saw these years as an opportunity to gain insight into work related injuries and how they can significantly affect a person’s life over time.
Eventually, Michelle achieved a role working in the specialty of medical negligence. In that role she defended claims for the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA), the insurer of all public hospital in the State of Victoria, as well as some private practices and private practitioners. Michelle’s clients included most of the major Public Hospitals as well as other health organisations such as nursing homes and rural general practitioners. In this role, Michelle acted for doctors and hospitals in pre-litigated disputes and coronial inquests, as well as in litigated matters. Michelle even spent 3 months working at the VMIA as a claims officer and therefore has inside knowledge about how medical negligence claims are managed in public hospitals and medical practices. Michelle was promoted to the position of Senior Associate in 2013.
In 2014 Michelle resigned from work to stay home and care for her three young children and to support her husband in his demanding job as a surgeon.
In January 2016 Michelle decided to return to work as a lawyer. Michelle considered her options carefully and went with her heart and mind. She decided to return to our firm and apply her skills to assist those injured by medical negligence.
Michelle now has three children and works 3 days a week on medical negligence claims and other claims involving complex medical evidence.
Legal Career History
Jan 2016 – present
Henry Carus + Associates
Practice Group Leader
Feb 2010 – Sep 2014
Jul 2008 – Feb 2010
Herbert Geer (now Thompson Geer)
Jan 2007 – Jul 2008
Henry Carus + Associates
2001 – 2007