Maddens Lawyers

Maddens Lawyers - Class Actions

Maddens Lawyer's Class Actions Department was founded in 1983 following the Ash Wednesday Bushfires.

Today, the firm has - and continues to - work on behalf of thousands of victims of bushfires, floods and other natural events that have impacted people's lives and livelihoods.

For the victims of the 1983 Ash Wednesday fires, our legal firm issued more than 400 legal proceedings, obtaining $40 million compensation for those fire victims.

On 7 February 2009 the worst bushfires in Australia's history, known as Black Saturday, affected many parts of rural Victoria. A large number of these fires were caused by the assets of electricity distribution companies, giving rise to the victims' right to seek compensation for what they lost in the fires.

Obtaining this compensation for bushfire victims is expert legal work. Maddens Lawyers has successfully recovered compensation for the victims of four Black Saturday 2009 Bushfires - those that burnt in Coleraine, Horsham, Weerite-Pomborneit and Beechworth-Mudgegonga.

It has also helped to secure compensation for many other fire victims across regional Victoria since 2009.

The firm represented hundreds of victims of the bushfire that burnt through the Springwood-Winmalee region of Sydney's Blue Mountains in October 2013. This Class Action settled in March 2016.

Maddens has also settled legal action for victims of other disastrous events including:

  • 2014 Jack River Bushfire, in Victoria's Gippsland region
  • 2014 Mickleham-Kilmore Bushfire, north of Melbourne
  • 2012 Blampied Bushfire, north of Ballarat
  • Inverleigh Bushfire, west of Geelong

If you have been the victim of a fire, flood, or other incident that you believe was caused by the negligence of others,  please contact us to discuss your options.

Current Class Actions

Other matters we are progressing

Completed Class Actions

  • 2012 Blampied Bushfire (VIC)
  • 2014 Jack River Bushfire (VIC)
  • 2013 Springwood-Winmalee Bushfire (NSW)

If you, or someone you know, was affected by any of these incidents, contact Maddens Lawyers to discuss your options.


Contact us if you believe you may have a legal issue that could be solved via a Class Action process.

2009 Black Saturday Bushfires

Maddens Lawyers has successfully secured compensation for hundreds of victims of the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires.

2009 Walla Walla Bushfire

Was your property damaged by the December 2009 Walla Walla Bushfire? You may be eligible for compensation via a class action run by Maddens Lawyers

2013 Lithgow Bushfire

Affected by the 2013 Lithgow Bushfire? Maddens Lawyers can help with your claim for compensation. Seek expert advice for maximum compensation.

2013 Mount Victoria Bushfire

Were you affected by the 2013 Mount Victoria Bushfire? Maddens Lawyers is investigating this blaze, and victim's rights to compensation.

2013 Snake Valley Bushfire

More than 1000 hectares was damaged by the 2013 Snake Valley Bushfire in Western Victoria. Maddens Lawyers has launched a class action on behalf of victims.

2014 Mickleham-Kilmore Bushfire

Were you affected by the 2014 Mickleham-Kilmore Bushfire on 9 February 2014? You may qualify for compensation. Contact Maddens Lawyers to learn more.

2015 Scotsburn Bushfire

Did you lose property in the 2015 Scotsburn Bushfire? Maddens Lawyers can help - talk to us. Register here for more information.

2016 FALLS FESTIVAL STAMPEDE

Were you injured at the 2016 Falls Festival stampede in Lorne? Register your details here for information about potential legal action.

2017 Carwoola Fire (NSW)

Were you affected by the 17 February 2017 Carwoola Bushfire in New South Wales? Talk to Maddens Lawyers, experts in bushfire compensation.

Class Action FAQs

Class Action FAQs. What is a Class Action? How much does it cost? What do I have to do? These, and other frequently asked questions (FAQs) are answered here.

Register Your Details - Class Actions

Involved in, or interested in the potential to take part in one of our Class Actions? Contact Us. Maddens Lawyers are Class Actions experts.