Class actions

Maddens Lawyer's Class Actions Department was founded in 1983 following the Ash Wednesday Bushfires. Today, the department continues to work on behalf of thousands of victims of bushfires, floods and other events that have impacted people's lives and livelihoods.

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.

For the victims of the 1983 Ash Wednesday fires, Maddens 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, 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 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