United legal- Personal injury lawyers

Your family doctor or specialist

Imagine how devastated you would feel when they just got it wrong.

You’ve placed your trust in them and they have left you with irreparable injuries.

The mistakes doctor and health professionals make are extremely common. People are often told by their doctors, even after they’ve suffered an injury, that everything went fine or you will improve and it will be alright in the long run. The truth is, doctors often lead people to believe that even though they’ve suffered an injury, it wasn’t the doctor’s fault or it’s all going to be okay, when in fact it’s not.

The most common errors that doctors make are as follows

1. Misdiagnosis

Making mistakes in diagnosis is common error. A faulty or an incorrect diagnosis can result in injury or harmful treatment. It often means the treatment will be ineffective and can prolong some poor person’s suffering.

2. Delayed diagnosis

Quite often doctors just don’t get onto the diagnosis as quickly as they should . Delays in diagnosis can obviously result in people not getting proper treatment. For example, cancer sufferers can die simply because a doctor didn’t get onto it quickly enough.

3. Medication errors

Another common error is making mistakes in the course of medication that is prescribed. Prescribing the wrong dose or simple not giving the right drugs can have catastrophic effects for patients.

4. Infection

There are infection risks whenever anybody is hospitalized or often with medical procedures. Some infections can become quite serious resulting in golden staph and the like. They can even be deadly. They can leave people with lingering injuries for months and even years.

5. Botched plastic surgery

We are increasingly seeing more and more case of plastic surgeons who don’t get it right. The result is often people come out looking worse than when they went in. A regular complaint is that people say they didn’t go in to have their breasts looking a lot worse and sagging more or being mis-shaped. They asked for an improvement, not feeling devastated as a result of the botched boob job.

6. Birth injury

It’s quite common for people to have complications both through pregnancy and when giving birth. There can be all sorts of errors associated with premature babies, long labor, placentas.

7. Surgical errors

Surgeons and anesthetists often make mistakes. Some surgeons are excellent. Some are not. Often foreign material or items are left within the body. Stitching is not completed properly. There can be the slip of the surgeon’s knife or various other problems during surgery.

Medical mishaps don’t only occur with doctors and surgeons though. There can be nurses, dentists, hospital staff , pharmacists, anesthetists, cardiologists, allergists, colon and rectal surgeons, dermatologists, family physicians, gastroenterologists and geriatric medicine specialists. They all make mistakes from time to time.

We most commonly see that people’s basic instincts are right. Forget what the doctors told you if you think that the treatment you have received has resulted in some medical mishap. Rely upon your instincts. Come and see us. It’s not going to cost you anything to visit us.

We have a range of expert doctors that we can refer you to, to investigate and provide a report as to whether or not the treatment or procedures or diagnosis etc that you have been given accords with the proper standard that should be afforded to you by a medical practitioner.

What to do next?

If you feel that you’ve been the victim of some mishap the answer as to what to do next is simple. Call us.

We will give you advice about how much it will cost to pursue a claim.

We will tell you how long it’s going to take to resolve your claim.

We will take you through step-by-step in a very clear and simple manner as to what the process will be.

The first step is probably the most important and the simplest. Pick us the phone. Talk to us.

It’s not going to cost you anything to talk. It’s not going to cost you anything to come and see us.

We are not so money hungry that we charge you for every minute. We are quite prepared to look at your matter and investigate your claim. If we look at it and you don’t have a claim, we will tell you. We will shake hands with you.

We are quite proud to say however that when most people come and see us the result isn’t that they just leave us with advice that they have got no claim. We work really hard to explore every possible claim and pursue a successful outcome.

We have run over 8,000 claims in our firms. We’re sorry to say we did lose two. We did want to appeal but the clients would not let us. We are pretty confident that if you have a got a problem. We will be able to help you.

Pick up the phone.

For our legal support services Contact us at (02) 6295 2283

or visit us at

54-56 Townsville St, Fyshwick ACT 2609

Alternate Dispute Resolution- United legal

Alternate Dispute Resolution – The new buzz word

What is alternate dispute resolution?

Alternate Dispute Resolution means trying to sort out a problem without having to go to court

Going to court costs a small fortune. This is great for us, because we’re lawyers. We make more money when we go to court. It’s not best for you though.

The best thing is for you is to try to resolve your dispute without having to go to court. Nowadays, to run any matter in the Supreme Court can easily cost over $100,000. Even if you’re successful, a large proportion of that $100,000 won’t be recoverable from the unsuccessful party.

There’s a difference between what a lawyer will charge you and what you will recover from the other side. This is because, there’s a gap. That gap can be many tens of thousands of dollars and sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Lawyers for a long time have recognised that this is unfair. One way of avoiding this, is to go through what is known as the alternate dispute resolution process.

Alternate dispute resolution seems to be a bit of a buzz word nowadays.

There are several well recognised and defined alternate dispute resolution processes that can be undertaken. These are listed below:

1. Mediation

Mediation is one of the most successful of all of the processes. A mediator is usually a highly trained lawyer.

Lawyers try to get the parties together in a room and solve either the whole dispute or at least even part of the dispute. Resolving, even parts of the dispute can dramatically reduce court costs. Of course if the whole dispute is resolved then people save the sort of money we have outlined above.

Typically what happens at a mediation is the mediator gets the parties in the room and tries to outline what the argument is all about.

The lawyers then usually put the position of their respective clients forward. If the client wants to speak, they can.

Typically, the parties go into separate rooms and the mediator goes between the parties to try to negotiate step-by-step a resolution of the problem.

This usually involves breaking the problem down into various components  and trying to reach agreement in relation to the components and then work towards an overall resolution of the matter. Some mediators have an extremely high success rate.

We usually like to use mediators that have a high success rate. Many of them resolve in excess of 90% matters brought before them.

In essence, this means that if you engage in alternate dispute resolution, you can save huge amounts of money and still walk away with a successful outcome.

It is not uncommon that the amount of money in dispute between the parties can be significantly less than what they incur by way of legal costs. Can you imagine the stupidity of having an argument about $100,000 with the legal bill being $200,000 or $300,000?

Hopefully you can now see the good sense in going through a mediation which should cost considerably less than $100,000.

Other forms of alternate dispute resolution are:

2. Arbitration

The arbitrator will hold a form of hearing. Arbitration is far less formal than a court hearing and he will make a ruling. It may be confidential between the parties. It is however significantly cheaper than actually going to court.

“I can imagine no society which does not embody some method of arbitration” – Herbert Read

3. Early Neutral Evaluation

 This process should be utilised very early on the piece. Evidence will be given to the evaluator and he will consider that evidence and what parties have to say. He will then give an opinion as to what he thinks is likely to be the outcome of the case and make some assessment of the merits of both side’s arguments. The parties can agree for it to be binding or non-binding.

4. Conciliation

 This process is not dissimilar to mediation but the conciliator goes between the parties and tries to identify options, alternatives, the issues in dispute and tries to work towards reaching an agreement. There other forms of alternatives, the issues in dispute and tries to work towards reaching an agreement.

There are other forms of alternate dispute resolution such as adjudication and simple negotiation between the parties.

We strongly urge you to contact us. Our Canberra law firm has been involved in the alternate dispute resolution process for over 30 years. We have literally conducted thousands of them .

Wherever possible, we will try to save you money by going through the alternate dispute resolution process rather than going to court.

For our legal support services Contact us at (02) 6295 2283

or visit us at

54-56 Townsville St, Fyshwick ACT 2609

Criminal Law- United Legal Canberra

Admittance, conviction and being charged for a crime

As the premier law firm of Canberra, United Legal is committed to ensure that people get the justice they deserve. Comprising of a passionate team of solicitors and barristers conveniently based in FyshwickACT, we also aim to make the murky world of law understandable for you.

Law is an intricate endeavour, both in terms of practicing it and seeking to abide by it. In the domain of punishing individuals responsible for committing crimes, it can be confusing to be struck by the barrage of terms that come your way.

In this post, we shall look at the difference between admittance, conviction, and being charged for a crime, as these are some of the most common terms you will come across when working with us.


Understanding the difference between “charged” and “convicted”


To start with, it is worth realizing that, far too often, people confuse these terms with each other. This lack of comprehension makes it difficult for them to get a grip on the situation and understand the legal processes that they’re going through.

For instance, being “charged” with a crime and being “convicted” of a crime are thought to be similar. However, nothing could be further from the truth.

If someone has been “charged” with a crime, it means that the individual is suspected to be guilty of committing that crime. It is worth noting here that there is no proof whatsoever of the person’s guilt at this stage.

He or she is primarily a suspect. One of the reasons why so many people wonder how someone can charge them with a crime is because they don’t understand the fundamentals here. As the definition makes it clear, anyone can charge you with a crime, because anyone can slap an accusation on you.

On the other hand, if someone has been “convicted” of a crime, it means that he or she has been found guilty of committing that particular crime.

The culprit is found guilty as a result of substantial proof and witnesses brought against him. Evidence that renders someone well and genuinely liable is called “proof beyond a reasonable doubt.”

The defendant is not obliged to offer any evidence, and until it is brought forward against him, he stands innocent. The amount of evidence needed to constitute proof beyond a reasonable doubt is something that is ultimately decided by the jury.


Of course, another way the charged person can stand guilty in the eyes of the law is by confessing his guilt, which brings us to admittance.


Admittance, conviction and being charged for a crime


Understanding “admittance” of a crime

“Admittance” of a crime is essentially a statement given by the charged individual that he is indeed guilty of committing the crime. In some cases, the admission of guilt may be false.

This confabulation is primarily bound to happen if the individual suffers from low levels of intelligence and mental health problems in general.

In either case, the jury does not have to wait for sufficient proof because the culprit has already confessed.

Now that you have an idea of what these terms mean, you will undoubtedly stand as a more informed individual during your legal proceedings.


As a resident of Canberra, you must take immediate action to get the justice you deserve by contacting our team of professional lawyers at United Legal. They will represent you with immense enthusiasm and work closely with you to accomplish your goals.


For our legal support services
Contact us at (02) 6295 2283
or visit us at
54-56 Townsville St, Fyshwick ACT 2609



Psychological Injuries at Work

Psychological Injuries You May Face at Work

Psychological injuries in the workplace is relatively common in Australia. It is highly probable that you will suffer from work-related stress, anxiety, or depression at some point during your professional life. 

A survey carried out by the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that approximately 45% of Australians between the ages of 16 and 85 would be struck by mental illness at some point during their lives.

Workplace psychological injuries in Canberra

As a busy city, Canberra has it’s fair share of stressed-out workers. Unfortunately, they find the workplace to be an extremely overwhelming place.

Canberra is no stranger to cases of psychological injuries in the workplace. While some workers can mitigate their mental problems via therapy or proper self-care, the vast majority have to struggle with it.

The Financial Cost of Poor Workplace Mental Health

These problems ultimately affect their work performance and professional relationships. Moreover, research suggests that businesses in Australia lose more than $6.5 billion each year by merely failing to deal with the mental illnesses of their employees.

Employers should not underestimate the cost of a mentally ill worker. They should adopt measures to improve their employees’ mental condition. An essential step in this process is understanding the types of psychological injuries that workers can suffer from. Each one of them will need a different course of action.

A psychological injury is a personal injury. More often than not it is caused by a set of workplace demands that result in considerable mental stress for the victim. Employees cannot expect their employer to know when they are psychologically injured. However, it is up to employers to provide workers with the best care possible. It is a legal duty for them to do so. If they fall short, you are advised to get in touch with a specialist personal injury lawyer. This action is critical to ensure you get the justice and peace of mind you deserve.

To understand the types of psychological problems one might face at the workplace, you need to know the causes. For the most part, mental illnesses occur as a result of deteriorating interpersonal relationships, harassment and sexual abuse. Abrupt increase in workloads, general feelings of uncertainty, low pay, and considerable change in the workplace are other factors.


Anyone can be affected by stress, in whatever career they hold


Common Psychological Injuries in the Workplace

The most common psychological injuries faced at work include stress related to the job you are doing, depression, general anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

These disorders and mental problems inhibit your performance, drastically worsen your mood, and your relationships at the workplace suffer tremendously.

Once it becomes clear to you that you are under immense mental stress, you should report it to your employer immediately. If they are negligent or fail to take the appropriate measures, you have every right to hire a lawyer and make a psychological injury work claim.

Personal injury lawyers at United Legal are professionals in their field. They can be trusted to help you get the care you deserve at your workplace.

Our barristers and solicitors represent the interests of workers with personal injury claims in the courts of the ACT. Since we are a small firm, we can be more personal and in touch with you. This ensures that your problems receive the undivided attention that they deserve.

The costs incurred by mental injuries are tremendous. You do not deserve to be subjected to them in the workplace. Your employer may be unable to complete their legal obligation of fulfilling your workplace rights. In this case, you should not hesitate to take immediate action by getting in touch with our lawyers.

After all, what you deserve is mental peace that allows you to thrive both as an employee and as an individual.


For our legal support services

Contact us at (02) 6295 2283

or visit us at

54-56 Townsville St, Fyshwick ACT 2609



ACT Goverment's Unfair Changes to CTP INsurance

ACT Government’s Unfair Changes to Compulsory Third Party Insurance

We are asking for your support against the unfair changes to CTP Insurance in Canberra.

Fight the ACT Government’s Unfair Changes to Compulsory Third party Insurance. Your voice is all we need, and it only takes 1 CLICK !

Access the online petition form here

The ACT Labor are recklessly changing laws for car accident victims for the decrease in premiums by the cost of a cup of coffee each week.

Instead of setting $25,000 for a small claim and $600,000+ if you’re more severely injured, you get zero either way. Zilch. Next to nothing.

People with what they call ‘minor injuries ‘get virtually nothing either. The definition of ‘minor injury is so large that it can include injured people who may never return to work. Two broken legs is ‘minor’. Mr. Barr, come and see us – we will put your legs over a gutter, jump on them ‘til they break and see if you still regard two broken legs as minor.

How about if it was your kids??? It’s almost criminalhow surprising for politicians.

If you can convince your CTP insurer that you or your kids are injured enough (good luck with that), you will get two years of ‘reasonable’ treatment and wage-loss cover (that’s great because so many kids have full-time jobs). If you’re lucky, you might get 2 years loss of income and after that, the dole (Centrelink) – but sure as hell, never enough to pay your mortgage. Ready to tell your kids to live on the street or change schools for a govie flat?  Well, get ready.

ACT Government's Unfair Changes to Compulsory Third Party Insurance
iPetition page for petition against ACT Government’s Unfair Changes to Compulsory Third Party Insurance.

If the ACT government reduces these compensation rights as per Labor ACT:

  • Seriously injured people will be denied compensation entirely;
  • Victims will be forced onto Commonwealth Social Security payments; and
  • Families will need to take out additional private insurance.

Families will lose their homes. We have SEEN IT HAPPEN. Unfair? No, it’s not; not according to the ACT Labor Government. Some might say criminal, others might say a ‘no Barr government ‘vote.

We need to make sure the ACT government is stopped.

Access the online petition form here

United Legal Barristers and Solicitors support the ACT Law Society’s submission against these changes. It is due by 7 May 2019 for the Speaker and ACT Legislative Assembly. It just requires your name and address.

Every signature counts. Make a change today; avoid suffering tomorrow.

Call United Legal (02 6295 2292) or the ACT Law Society (02 6274 0300) to find out more.