Melinda is a Senior Associate in our Insurance and Health team and is based in our Hobart office.
Melinda specialises in:
- Personal injury
- Workers' compensation
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Public liability
- Professional indemnity
- Workplace prosecutions
Melinda has a particular interest in multiple bodily injury claims, primary and secondary psychological claims, large loss personal injury claims
Prior to moving to private practice, Melinda’s experience included being a Case Manager – Workers’ Compensation at one of Australia's largest general insurers for over two years. From her time there she gained an understanding of how insurance companies work and their strategies and commercial goals. Melinda then moved to private practice and now has over 7 years’ experience in the insurance field acting in varying areas such as workers compensation, public liability, recovery actions, and professional indemnity.
Melinda enjoys working with her clients directly, including insurers, brokers, insureds and third party administrators, collaborating on claims strategies, advising insureds throughout the claims process and reassuring them that their matter will be dealt with as efficiently as possible.
“The great thing about Barry.Nilsson. is the clear team approach we have to helping our clients achieve their outcomes. I enjoy the relationship building and working together to discuss through legal issues and come up with creative solutions that suit what our clients want to achieve and when. I love working through issues and being inventive with strategies towards claims finalisation and being personable with clients so they know who they are dealing with. I was attracted to Barry.Nilsson. due to its specialist areas, the expertise available and its great supportive culture, which is very important.”
Melinda has appeared in the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Tribunal, Magistrates Court and Supreme Court of Tasmania.
Melinda has a Bachelor of Laws and Arts and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. She is a member of the Tasmanian branch of the Australian Insurance Law Association (AILA) and a national committee member of AILA Young Professionals.
Reliance upon medical reports – consideration of context in disputing a workers compensation claim
28 Jul 2021
Clash of personalities - what is and is not work related
12 Jul 2021
Goldilocks evidence for reasonably arguable case determination still needed for employer to discharge onus
12 Jul 2021
Surveillance footage has no weight in claim for a psychological condition despite medical evidence that worker’s condition had improved
19 May 2021