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PERSONAL INJURY: $1 MILLION IN DAMAGES FOR ASBESTOS EXPOSURE

July 20, 2017

PERSONAL INJURY: $1 MILLION IN DAMAGES FOR ASBESTOS EXPOSURE – By Geoffrey Wark – A man was awarded more than $1 million in damages after being exposed to asbestos 40 years ago. He contracted terminal mesothelioma as a result of the exposure and took legal action against the asbestos manufacturer. This case shows how seriously the legal…

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SLIP AND FALL: DON’T GET TAKEN TO THE CLEANERS

June 8, 2017

SLIP AND FALL: DON’T GET TAKEN TO THE CLEANERS – By Glen Pearce – When a woman was injured after a slip and fall accident at a major shopping centre, she missed out on potential damages of more than $300,000. Why? Because even though the Court found that a cleaning company’s negligence had caused the…

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CAR ACCIDENT: “IT WASN’T MY FAULT, SO WHY AM I LIABLE?”

February 19, 2017

CAR ACCIDENT: “IT WASN’T MY FAULT, SO WHY AM I LIABLE?” If my car is rear-ended in a chain collision, how can it be my fault?  If I hit a car that pulls out in front of me when they were supposed to give way isn’t it their fault?  The question of who is responsible…

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SUPERANNUATION: DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE?

January 10, 2017

SUPERANNUATION: DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE? – By Andrew Carpenter – If you suffer a serious injury that leaves you totally and permanently disabled or in need of income support, you may need to rely on insurance to meet your financial obligations. Such injuries can put a lot of stress on you and your family, as…

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CAN A PERSON MAKE A WILL IF THEY DON’T HAVE CAPACITY?

October 8, 2016

CAN A PERSON MAKE A WILL IF THEY DON’T HAVE CAPACITY? – By Vanessa Ho – So many times, it’s not until a loved one is in care that we realise they don’t have a will.  If that person no longer has legal capacity to make a will, it is a common misconception that there is…

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SLIP AND FALL: WOMAN AWARDED $660,000 COMPENSATION

September 20, 2016

SLIP AND FALL: WOMAN AWARDED $660,000 COMPENSATION – By Glen Pearce – A woman has been awarded $660,000 in compensation after she slipped and fell on a wet floor in a Sydney fruit shop, sustaining severe injuries. Background The woman, aged 36, had been in the fruit shop when she slipped on the wet floor…

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COMPENSATION DOUBLE DIPPING? PROCEED WITH CAUTION WHEN CLAIMS COLLIDE

August 10, 2016

COMPENSATION DOUBLE DIPPING? PROCEED WITH CAUTION WHEN CLAIMS COLLIDE – By Geoff Wark – Making multiple claims for the one injury can come back and bite you, as a decision of the District Court has shown. In law, one matter may fall under more than one area. For example, an injury in the course of…

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WHEN A CAR ACCIDENT CLAIM HAPPENS AT WORK

November 10, 2014

WHEN A CAR ACCIDENT CLAIM HAPPENS AT WORK The issues that can arise when a person is injured at work as the result of a car accident were highlighted in a recent District Court case. The plaintiff was hit by a car while crossing the road to do her employer’s banking. As she was entitled…

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$600,000 FOR NOT WEARING A SEATBELT – WHO’S AT FAULT?

October 14, 2014

$600,000 FOR NOT WEARING A SEATBELT – WHO’S AT FAULT? A woman who was left a paraplegic after suffering catastrophic injuries in a car accident appealed the decision of a Court to reduce her damages of $2,400,000 by nearly $600,000 because she wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. The case involved provisions under the Civil Liability Act…

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HOW INTOXICATION CAN AFFECT A COMPENSATION CLAIM.

May 3, 2012

HOW INTOXICATION CAN AFFECT A COMPENSATION CLAIM. A pedestrian who was the victim of a hit and run has had his award of compensation reduced by half from $638,155.02 to $319,077.51 on the basis that he was extremely intoxicated and ought to have been aware that he was creating a situation of danger. The incident…

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