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Katarina Bilandzic

Senior Associate
Fax +61.3.9205.2055
Ms. Bilandzic is a litigation lawyer, with her practice focusing on medical defence claims, professional indemnity, general liability and insurance coverage.

Ms. Bilandzic is experienced in defending personal injury and wrongful death claims under the Wrongs Act and Accident Compensation Act/Workplace Rehabilitation and Compensation Act against occupiers, statutory authorities, medical practitioners and hospitals across all jurisdictions.

Ms. Bilandzic is also experienced in advising and defending legal practitioners in ‘lost chance’ claims for negligence and/or breach of contract by former clients; claims against self-insurers (employer) under the Accident Compensation Act/Workplace Rehabilitation and Compensation Act; and property damage claims.

Ms. Bilandzic has represented clients in the Magistrates' Court of Victoria, County Court of Victoria, Supreme Court of Victoria, High Court of Australia and Coroners Court of Victoria.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Australian Insurance Law Association member.
  • Law Institute of Victoria member.
  • Women in Insurance member.
  • Victorian Women Lawyers member.
  • Acting for Victorian public health care organisations on claims of medical malpractice including negligent surgical technique, failure to warn, and failure to diagnose.
  • Acting for country and metropolitan hospitals, rural general practitioners and other state health care providers at coronial inquests.
  • Investigating and advising on the negotiation and quantification of a range of claims, including catastrophic claims
  • Acting for government departments and agencies in defence of claims for alleged abuse in care.
  • Acting for a metropolitan hospital in an Inquest into the death of a patient that was the subject of a Temporary Treatment Order whilst on authorised unsupervised leave.
  • Summary dismissal of a ‘lost chance’ claim against a solicitor for negligence and/or breach of contract by a former client relying on the legal defences of advocates’ immunity, reliance on Counsel, res judicata and issue estoppel. The plaintiff sought to have the judgment set aside, which was successfully defended all the way to the High Court of Australia. [Karam v Aloe & Co Pty Ltd: [2012] VSC 609; [2014] HCASL 44; [2014] HCASL 206; [2014] HCASL 207; [2016] VSCA 123].
  • Successfully defending an occupier’s liability claim made against a medical centre by the Victorian WorkCover Authority under section 138 of the Accident Compensation Act, with an indemnity costs order made against the Victorian WorkCover Authority.
  • Defending proceedings commenced in a number of jurisdictions (both State and Federal) following a petrol contamination. The contamination affected in excess of 750 vehicles across five service stations, with the claimed quantum exceeding $5M.
  • Defending common law actions against a statutory body arising out of transport accidents in reliance on legal defences available to it under the Road Management Act.
  • Providing indemnity and ongoing advice to insurers in relation to property damage claims.
  • Successfully defending a Serious Injury Application on behalf of a self-insurer by arguing that a worker did not sustain serious injury during the course of employment. [Kostur v Mars Sugar Australia Pty Ltd and Mars Australia Pty Ltd [2013] VCC 1586].
  • Conducting defence of asbestos litigation in Victoria and Queensland on behalf of a major company and pursuing insurance claims on its behalf.