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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. Coroner's Corner - Inquest into the death of Paul Joseph Milward

    24 September 2018 | Insurance & Health Law

    Date of Findings: 5 June 2018 Coroner: John Lock Inquest Place: Ipswich Date of Death: 31 August 2015 The inquest into the death of Mr Paul Milward addressed the systemic issue of choking deaths of persons in care with a disability. With input from the...

  6. Managing Inpatient Suicides – Inquest into the death of Steven Hitchins and Shawn Gudge

    27 March 2018 | Insurance & Health Law

    The inquest into the deaths of Mr Hitchins and Mr Gudge (heard jointly) dealt with the management of environmental hazards which facilitate or enable suicide in mental health inpatient facilities. Background On 3 August 2014, Steven Hitchins was an...

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