Erica has a decade of experience in insurance law. She acts for local, national and international insurers, as well as corporate clients in the health, construction, mining and oil & gas industries, defending a wide range of claims, with a focus on claims for personal injury damages.
A health sector expert, Erica has acted for hospitals, and medical and healthcare practitioners to defend medical negligence claims, and has a wealth of experience defending general liability claims (industrial accidents, occupiers’ liability & product liability) and complex workers’ compensation claims. She’s also advised in respect of the use of restraint and unlawful detention, challenging NDIA funding decisions, and defending medical product liability claims.
Erica also advises clients on risk management, including ways to transfer risk in contracts (indemnities and insurance procurement clauses), interpretation of insurance policies, incident investigations and developing internal policies and procedures to manage risk and avoid litigation.
Erica works closely with her clients to develop a clear strategy at the outset of each claim, and achieves excellent outcomes through early settlement negotiations and costs protective offers.
Erica has appeared in the Magistrates Court, District Court, Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and at WorkCover WA Conciliation and Arbitration Services. She has an impressive track record at trial in the District and Supreme Court, and on appeal. Erica has developed excellent and effective negotiation skills after appearing at numerous informal settlement conferences, pre-trial conferences, conciliation conferences and mediations.