Ken came to our office after having a fall at a restaurant while working as a chef. What made Ken’s claim different was that he was 69 years old when his accident happened. He had been asked by his employer to return back to work after his retirement to help out when he was short of staff.
Ken suffered a nasty hip injury which led to a total hip replacement and an inability to return to work. Although he had retired, he became excited about working again, and had worked 60 hours in the week right before his accident.
He asked for both certificates for pain and suffering and loss of earning capacity, even though he was past retirement age. WorkSafe refused, and while we were litigating his entitlement to such certificates we were able to achieve a good early settlement of his claim.
Actual Client Testimonial
I sincerely thank you for the past two years’ hard work of fighting for my rights. As an elderly citizen from a lower social class who did not know his rights, I feel so lucky to have your fair, professional and dedicated legal service, which is also a social justice. I left Hong Kong when I was 22 years old to Europe to live a life there. In 1981 I migrated to Australia, and I have been working as a chef since then. Due to the stress from life, I did not pursue further study, as a result I did not know English well, nor my legal rights. I had been working in a Chinese restaurant in Rowville for about 14 years, 60 hours per week. I did not notice the injury to my body from work until I retired. Because I worked in the restaurant on a part-time basis, 3 to 4 days each week, my superannuation fund was very low. Thanks to the professional service of all the lawyers in HCA, especially Henry and Amanda, and my interpreter Amy, I have been able to receive a compensation, which can resolve my financial hardship. Therefore I am writing to express my gratitude. Thank you, Henry Carus & Associates. You are the best lawyers in the world.