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  1. Injured worker’s award for future economic loss reduced by 50% for contingencies

    22 July 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    The Queensland District Court has reduced a worker’s award for future economic loss by 50% to account for pre-existing hip and spine conditions and other significant co-morbidities. In Issue Quantum of damages, specifically, the extent to which the...

  2. Court rules on apportionment and interest in Brisbane floods class action

    26 June 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    The Supreme Court of New South Wales has ruled on further issues arising from its November 2019 judgment in the Queensland floods class action, including the representative plaintiff’s claim for interest on damages for “gratuitous...

  3. Significant damages awarded for historical child sexual abuse by WA Christian Brothers

    26 June 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    Mr Lawrence was subject to sexual, physical and emotional abuse from the age of 8 to 16 as an orphan under the care of the Christian Brothers in Western Australia. Mr Lawrence received an award of damages for negligence causing psychiatric injury...

  4. Victims of historical abuse receive damages: Court assesses an appropriate award and apportions damages as between a perpetrator and their employer

    25 May 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    Two decisions relevant to historical abuse claims were recently handed down. In one, the New South Wales District Court was asked to assess damages where default judgment was entered against the stepfather defendant. In the other, the Victorian Supreme...

  5. Tetraplegic helicopter pilot awarded over $5.6 million in damages

    6 May 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    A tetraplegic helicopter pilot who successfully established negligence against his employer at trial in 2016 has now been awarded over $5.6 million in damages in a 3 day quantum only trial. In Issue The plaintiff’s life expectancy, economic loss,...

  6. How Covid-19 Workers' Compensation Changes Impact the Assessment of Damages in SA

    5 May 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    The advent of Covid-19 has seen many changes in the world over and the South Australian workers compensation scheme has not escaped unscathed. Deferral of WPI Assessments Due to the introduction of various social gathering restrictions and social...

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