Michael joined TurksLegal in 1999 and is a Partner in our Employers Liability group. He acts for insurers and employers by managing their workers compensation recovery claims.
He has also acts for and advises self-insurers and the WorkCover Authority. As a result of his expertise in this area, Michael has an excellent understanding of his clients’ individual and collective needs.
With over ten years focused on pursuing 151Z recovery claims for his insurer and employer clients, Michael’s practice involves him recovering compensation payments from a wide range of negligent third parties under various legislative regimes including motor accident, civil liability and civil aviation.
Michael is always mindful of adopting a cost effective approach to recoveries with and without the need to resort to litigation. He has implemented a number of successful projects for his clients with the overall goal being to increase the efficient management of claims.
He has been involved in a number of cases heard by the NSW Court of Appeal that have been influential in the pursuit of 151Z recovery claims, including:
· Allianz Australia v Newcastle Formwork  NSWCA 144 and State of NSW (Ambulance Service) v McKittrick  NSWCA 63 – which clarified the obligation of employers to provide answers to particulars in 151Z claims;
· Teuma v CP & PK Judd  NSWCA 166 - where damages for domestic assistance in motor accident claims were found to include all tasks performed by a spouse as part of the “give and take” of marriage; and
· State of NSW (NSW Police) v Nominal Defendant  NSWCA 225 – where a police officer injured during a pursuit (after colliding with a parked vehicle) was found not to have broken the chain of causation required to establish negligence in a third party.
Finally, Michael’s intrinsic knowledge and experience in this area makes him a popular presenter at in-house training programs for a number of client’s.