Michelle Dubrava lawyer
Michelle Dubrava lawyer

Michelle Dubrava

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
Medical Negligence
Practice Group Leader

Feb 2010 – Sep 2014
K&L Gates

Jul 2008 – Feb 2010
Herbert Geer (now Thompson Geer)

Jan 2007 – Jul 2008
Henry Carus + Associates

2001 – 2007
Physiotherapist

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June is a lovely 86 year old lady who unfortunately suffers from multiple myeloma. As part of her ongoing treatment, she visits a hospital regularly for chemotherapy.

One day, she was walking along the hallway of the hospital, when she tripped on a raised brass carpet runner. She fell forward on her outstretched arm, injuring her shoulder as a result. In handling June’s public liability claim against the hospital, we…

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Rachel called us to visit her at her home, as she had an injury to her foot and was finding it very difficult to walk around. Henry went out to visit her, and met her and her husband and heard her story of how at a home and garden supply store a worker had dropped a load of cement bags onto her foot. It was clear to Henry that…

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Donna stopped her vehicle to allow some ducks to finish crossing the road in front of her when she was rear ended by another vehicle. The force of the impact violently pushed her vehicle forward and Doona’s head and body struck the steering wheel and then jolted her backwards. As a result of the accident, she suffered multiple injuries.

Initially, Doona sought legal advice from a Plaintiff firm closer…

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Laura sought our advice after suffering a nasty neck and shoulder injury at work. As a result of her injury she will not be able to return to work in her chosen profession, working as an early childhood educator. To Laura’s credit and after considerable treatment and rehabilitation she is now investigating some re training for a new profession that will accommodate her permanent restrictions.

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