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  1. Industrial manslaughter laws gain traction and a ban on insurance for penalties – WHS update for QLD and NSW

    19 June 2020 | Insurance & Health Law

    Key points First industrial manslaughter conviction in Queensland New industrial manslaughter laws for resources sector in Queensland NSW bans insurance for workplace health and safety penalties Queensland’s first industrial manslaughter conviction...

  2. Informed consent for Down’s syndrome screening: asking patients the right question

    18 November 2019 | Insurance & Health Law

    An NHS antenatal screening facility in England has been found liable in negligence for failing to carry out screening for Down’s syndrome which, if taken, would have led to a termination of the plaintiff’s pregnancy. In issue Whether the...

  3. Hospital & doctor not liable for alleged treatment failures following horse bite

    30 August 2019 | Insurance & Health Law

    A Sydney hospital and general practitioner (“the defendants”) successfully defended a claim for damages by a former patent who suffered severe right shoulder injuries from a horse bite, on the basis that they acted in accordance with peer...

  4. Work Health & Safety Update – Director imprisoned and $1M fine ordered under Qld legislation

    19 February 2019 | Insurance & Health Law

    On 6 February 2019, the Maroochydore District Court handed down Queensland’s first Category 1 prosecution under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. Sunshine Coast company director, Gary Lavin, and his company, Multi-Run Roofing, were charged with...

  5. Extent to which family can make submissions at an inquest

    24 January 2019 | Insurance & Health Law

    The recent coronial inquest into the death of Joshua ‘Joshie’ Ryan Statis considered, among other matters, the extent to which family members could make submissions at an inquest. The Coroner, relying on the findings following the inquest into...

  6. The fallibility of fax machines to communicate test results – Inquest into the death of Mettaloka Malinda Halwala

    24 September 2018 | Insurance & Health Law

    Mettaloka Malinda Halwala was 58 years old when he died from complications of the chemotherapy he was receiving for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Prompt and effective communication of his abnormal test results may have prevented his death from this cause. At...

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