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Telephone + trolley = trouble; a plaintiff’s contributory negligence assessed at 25% on appeal

On 6 April 2014, Mr Bridge slipped and fell in a below ground carpark at Coles’ Coffs Harbour store.
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Hindsight is not always a wonderful thing

The recent decision by the Court of Appeal in Argo Managing Agency Ltd v Al Kammessy [2018] NSWCA 176 serves as a reminder that the duty of care owed by a contract cleaner in a shopping centre is not an expectation of “perfection”.
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When is enough enough? - anaesthetist's appeal fails

In our blog on 19 May 2018 we reported on a decision in which an orthopaedic surgeon and anaesthetist were both found negligent for failing to abandon surgery prior to the plaintiff suffering paraplegia.  
  • 5 Mar 2018

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Is your expert actually an expert?

In a recent WA case the plaintiff alleged that the Hospital breached its duty of care to her by failing to recognise that she was suffering from evolving and detectable sepsis, and to commence antibiotic treatment in a timely manner. The Court was only asked to make a finding as to liability.
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Medical manslaughter - The Australian Experience

Medical manslaughter has come into the spotlight in the last week following the recent decision in England to deregister a medical practitioner after she was found guilty of manslaughter in 2015.
  • 5 Feb 2018

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Timely mental health assessments and flight risks

A recent decision in the Supreme Court of ACT considered whether the Hospital was negligent in failing to ensure that the appropriate procedures were put in place to prevent a patient from self-harm.
  • 6 Nov 2017

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Road collapse – Council not liable despite roadworks

In Mansfield v Great Lakes Council (2016) NSWCA 204 (‘Mansfield’s case’) the plaintiff was driving a truck along a single lane country road when, as he drove across a culvert, the bank of the left side of the road gave way and the truck rolled over. 
  • 24 Oct 2016

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Prove it or lose it

In this recent NSW Court of Appeal decision, an employer escaped liability for an injury allegedly suffered by a worker in the course of his employment as a trade’s assistant. The worker allegedly suffered a severe aggravation of a pre-existing injury when, while holding a beam that was being cut, the beam fell unexpectedly towards him.
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“The customer is always right?”

Ms Young successfully sued Aldi in the District Court of NSW following an incident at an Aldi supermarket. Ms Young injured her knees and lower back after stumbling over the prongs of a pallet jack full of strawberries which was being unpacked by an Aldi employee. Aldi unsuccessfully argued that its employee made Ms Young aware of the pallet jack and therefore the pallet jack was an obvious risk. A finding of 10% contributory negligence was made. Aldi appealed.
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Primacy of Primary Insuring Clause

Schmidt J of the NSW Supreme Court has reminded us of the importance of examining the terms of the primary insuring provisions of policies in determining whether they respond.  This examination includes a requirement that the policy be interpreted to give it a business like interpretation.
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Three different hospitals subject to "failure of diagnosis"

In our post of 3 September 2015, we reported the judgment in Wei Fan v South Western Sydney Local District, where a claim was made that three different hospitals were negligent for failing to diagnose acute cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder), failing to investigate and manage his type 2 diabetes, allowing the plaintiff to fall out of the hospital bed and discharging him too early. He claimed that as a consequence he suffered very serious injuries including peripheral neuropathy, a fractured skull and traumatic brain injury.
  • 18 Apr 2016

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Primary Claim relates to alleged negligence in the Medical Care Sector

This Supreme Court decision relates to an application for leave to file and serve a Further Amended Statement of Claim by a self represented litigant. The defendants opposed the application.
  • 6 Apr 2016

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