Since admission to practice, Carla has developed wide-ranging proficiency in insurance law, in particular workers' compensation, public liability and common law claims. This includes experience in dealing with complex and contentious matters, catastrophic injuries, contractual and indemnity disputes, multi-party litigation and recovery proceedings.
Carla has a keen focus on providing a cost-effective service to ensure that her clients receive the best possible commercial outcomes, from utilising strong advocacy and negotiation skills developed by representing major insurers and self-insured clients in the Conciliation and Arbitration Services division of WorkCover WA and in the District Court and Supreme Court of Western Australia.
Her role includes preparing matters for conciliation, arbitration and trial and working alongside Counsel to meet with witnesses, draft statements and lengthy and complex legal documents, and attend a number of trials of major quantum cases.
She also deals with claims involving host employers and principal indemnity extension issues, as well as claims arising under relevant Western Australian legislation, including the Workers' Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981, Civil Liability Act 2002, Fatal Accidents Act 1959, Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984, Dog Act 1976, Bush Fires Act 1954 and the Occupiers Liability Act 1985. She is highly regarded for the advice and representation she provides clients regarding all aspects of workers' compensation matters, such as liability, review/discontinuance of weekly payments, assessment of permanent impairment, the wilful and false representation of personal injuries on pre-employment questionnaires, and recovery of payments.
Case Note – Zaya v Damirdjian Judgment date: 11 October 2022 Citation: Zaya v Damirdjian  NSWCA 203 Jurisdiction: Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of NSW Before: Bell CJ, Gleeson JA and Griffiths AJA Principles Expert evidence has a limited role to play in resolving liability issues in motor accident claims and will carry little […]
A claimant suffers psychological injury when he is threatened by a would be thief of his motor bike. Whether the medical assessor was justified in concluding that this was not a motor accident was answered by the Supreme Court in Bell v Allianz Insurance Australia Ltd. Judgment date: 18 August 2022 Citation: Bell v Allianz […]