Dan Connor, the principal of Connor Legal, is a Perth personal injuries lawyer who has been helping injured victims since 1986. He is presently a member of the Law Society of Western Australia, and the Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Committee of the Law Society. He has represented injured people in all jurisdictions in Western Australia, including the District Court, Supreme Court and High Court of Australia
Mr. Connor specializes in medical negligence, motor vehicle personal injury, workers compensation and wrongful death cases. His other areas of practice include product liability, general civil litigation, and contesting wills. He is qualified to practice law in all Western Australian courts and is admitted to practice in the Federal Court of Australia.
Mr. Connor has been involved in handling everything from whiplash car accident cases to million dollar birth defect cases. He has pursued cases where individuals lost body parts or died due to the negligence of others, and where parents have lost children due to traffic accidents. Mr. Connor has argued in the Appellate Courts throughout the state of Western Australia and successfully has recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of his clients. He believes that thorough preparation and factual analysis is the key to the successful outcome of any legal claim.
Mr. Connor has been invited to speak to doctors about Workers Compensation, and has been called upon by other lawyers to assist them in their own personal legal matters. He has acted as counsel in the following cases:
Hutchins v Lachlan  WADC 89. Mr. Connor represented a victim of an assault on an appeal by the perpetrator of the assault to the District Court against an Assessor’s award of the statutory maximum of $75,000. The perpetrator, a bouncer at a Perth Bar, argued that the Mr. Connor’s client had remained on premises after being told to leave, and thus was committing an offence s115(6) of the Liquor Control Act 1998, which precluded him, under s 39(1)(b) of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Act 2003, from claiming compensation for his fractured jaw. The appeal was dismissed on the basis that the Commissioner was not satisfied that Mr Lachlan had remained on the premises for a sufficiently long time to have committed the offence. While our client was successful, this case is an example of how the decision in Re Her Honour Judge Schoombee; Ex Parte Attorney General For Western Australia  WASC 23 has opened a door for perpetrators of crimes (and the State) to avoid paying compensation where a victim is committing a trivial offence at the time of the assault.
Taylor v Scriven  WASCA 208. Mr. Connor represented a young boy whose father had been killed when his motorbike collided with a parked car. The Judge at trial apportioned liability 55%/45% against the boy’s father because he had not kept a proper lookout and had not done up his helmet strap. I appealed that result on the basis that there was no evidence that doing up the helmet strap would have saved the bike rider nor was there sufficient evidence that the rider had not kept a proper lookout. The Supreme Court found that the deceased motorbike rider was not at fault and awarded his son $70,612.00.
Century Drilling Ltd v Stevens  WASCA 131. Mr. Connor represented an injured worker whose employer had appealed a decision by WorkCover concerning his back disability. Mr Connor client was successful and the appeal was dismissed.
Hunter v Morris  WASCA 23. Mr Connor’s client had failed to give notice in writing as required by Motor Vehicle (Third Party Insurance) Act 1943 (WA) s 29 and ICWA argued that they had been prejudiced within the meaning of that term in s29A. That argument was accepted by the Judge at first instance and the claim for compensation was dismissed. Mr. Connor appealed that finding to the Supreme Court and was successful. This case highlights the importance of giving notice in time.
Ashfold v Metro Brick  WASCA 1048. Mr Connor represented an injured brick setter whose rate of weekly workers compensation payments had been calculated using hourly rates. But the worker had at all times worked on piece rates, and earned an amount much greater than hourly rates. The appeal was successful and my client had his weekly payments increased, backdated to the date of his injury.
King v Metropolitan Health Services Board unreported D980276. Mr Connor’s client had suffered a severe infection as the result of a nurse at the Royal Perth Hospital failing to obey correct procedures regarding a cannula that she knocked out from his arm. We were sccessful at first instance, and on appeal a re-trial was ordered, and the case settled after.