Are priests legally obliged to report sexual abuse confessions
Published 17 Oct 2018
The topic of sexual assault in the church continues to fill the pages of news publications around Australia. In recent weeks, the subject has reached new heights in the wake of recent responses to the amended law surrounding reporting child abuse heard in confessional.
Can I make a slip, trip and fall claim for a workplace injury?
Published 15 Oct 2018
While they form the basis of slapstick comedy routines, slips, trips and falls are no laughing matter. In Australia, between 2003 and 2015, such incidents caused the death of 386 workers and led to 23 per cent of serious workplace compensation claims, according to Safe Work Australia.
What do these common public liability terms mean
Published 12 Oct 2018
Navigating public liability claims can be confusing and time consuming. You may have heard certain terms before when reading about legal cases or watching television shows about the law, but when you're dealing with these claims yourself, you may not know where to start.
Am I entitled to medical expenses after a car accident?
Published 10 Oct 2018
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation. However, there are guidelines in place that will affect the outcome of your claim. Understanding compulsory third-party (CTP) insurance and when it applies is the first step.
Is car accident compensation available when a child is at fault?
Published 08 Oct 2018
Up to a certain age, children do not receive the same sentences or punishments as adults do for illegal activities. But what happens if a child causes a motor vehicle accident? Will they still be able to get accident compensation? What if they are only partially to blame?
Can I sue a nurse for negligence?
Published 05 Oct 2018
Our research indicates that around 25 per cent of all medical negligence cases involve poor services administered by a nurse. Although you may be eligible to receive compensation if you have experienced nursing negligence, there are a few things to keep in mind when going through the process.
Indexation of Statutory Weekly Benefits for Accidents After 1 Dec 2017
Published 04 Oct 2018
All GMP clients who are receiving weekly benefits from the CTP Insurers should be aware that their weekly benefits are subject to indexation. Insurers as at the 1st October 2018 were required to apply a 1.6% increase to their pre-accident weekly earnings.
90 year old grandmother wins over $180,000 following trip and fall in rental property
Published 28 Sep 2018
The Plaintiff was a 90 year old Victorian grandmother who had come to Sydney to visit her daughter. The Plaintiff’s daughter had held a residential tenancy agreement from about 2012.
I hurt myself playing sports. Can I make a public liability claim?
Published 28 Sep 2018
Between 2013 and 2014, an estimated 60 per cent of Australians aged 15 years and over participated in a sports activity at least once, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. However, in the previous year, 7,500 people were hospitalised for some form of sport-related injury, states further government data.
Melbourne resident receives over $120,000 after slip and fall in prominent Sydney shopping centre chain
Published 27 Sep 2018
On 21 December 2015 the Plaintiff attended the defendant’s premises in the hope of completing his weekly shopping. At the time of the accident there was a lot of heavy rain around Sydney.
Should I settle or go to court during a public liability claim?
Published 26 Sep 2018
Public liability claims enable you to recoup the financial and emotional costs of suffering an injury due to someone else's negligence. Defendants regularly offer monetary settlements to claimants, particularly if they acknowledge liability and believe they would lose in court.
Is permanent impairment compensation paid when a worker dies
Published 25 Sep 2018
If a worker is injured on the job, they are likely eligible to receive benefits. In addition, the Workers Compensation Act 1987 indicates that if they can prove permanent impairment, they could gain additional funds. A recent death in NSW brought into question what the term 'permanent impairment' meant under the Act.
Shire father receives over $210,000 after slip and fall in popular coffee retailer
Published 24 Sep 2018
On 4 April 2016 the Plaintiff entered the Defendants store to purchase and consume coffee. As the Plaintiff sat down in the designated chair the back leg of the chair slipped off the edge of a lip causing the Plaintiff to fall landing on the ground heavily.
Am I entitled to damages for pain and suffering from a car crash
Published 21 Sep 2018
In the state of New South Wales (NSW), more than 30 people are hospitalised by motor crashes each day, according to NSW Government data. If you have been involved in a car accident recently, you're probably wondering what a claim for pain and suffering is actually worth.
New Zealand resident receives over $120,000 following shelving collapse in private home
Published 20 Sep 2018
The Plaintiff was a 38-year-old New Zealand resident who had come to stay in the Australian Capital Territory. The Plaintiff choose to board in Queanbeyan. The house which she was staying in was in a state of disrepair, however not so much as it was unliveable.
Woman seriously injured in Motor Vehicle Accident receives $1,350,000 in compensation
Published 19 Sep 2018
We represented Ms G who was involved in a motor accident in 2016. Ms G was stopped waiting to turn right off the Princes Highway, on her way to collect her young son from school, when she was rear ended by another vehicle travelling at approximately 100km per hour. Ms G sustained severe physical injuries as well as a traumatic brain injury.
Sydney woman awarded $300,000 in compensation following a motor vehicle accident
Published 18 Sep 2018
Our client was involved in a motor vehicle accident through no fault of her own. Whilst driving along, she attempted to overtake a vehicle, and while doing so she heard and saw another car speeding up behind her.
Central Coast Man Awarded $325,000 in Damages Following Mismanagement of Post-Operative Infection
Published 17 Sep 2018
This matter concerned a middle-aged gentleman who attended on the Defendant Hospital for surgical treatment following an accident in which he sustained an injury to his left shoulder and upper arm. He was assessed upon arrival to the Defendant Hospital in July 2013, whereupon an arrangement for surgical fixation of the left humerus and rotator cuff repair was made.
66 Year old, Western Sydney Man receives $200,000 in Compensation for Motor Accident
Published 14 Sep 2018
We acted for Mr A, a 66 year old man who was involved in a motor accident in the middle of 2016. Mr A was injured when driving along in the middle lane of a well known, Western Sydney road, when the vehicle at fault, travelling in the same direction as Mr A, suddenly merged into his lane, colliding with the rear passenger side of Mr A’s vehicle.
Pedestrian receives nearly $80,000.00 compensation where accident liability hotly contested
Published 13 Sep 2018
We represented Mr M who was involved in a motor accident in 2015. Mr M was a pedestrian walking home at about 9:00pm one evening when he was hit by the driver of a vehicle while crossing a country road. Mr M sustained physical injuries as well as a traumatic brain injury.
Chatswood Pensioner Receives Compensation for Personal Injury as a Result of a Motor Vehicle Accident
Published 12 Sep 2018
Mr A turned left into a side street on a green light. The motor vehicle at fault went through the intersection on a red light and collided with Mr A’s vehicle.
How does workers' compensation play out in the gig economy?
Published 11 Sep 2018
The gig economy continues to rise in Australia. This trend means that more people are taking on freelance, temporary or contract jobs instead of traditional employment positions.
50 year old man receives 1.4 million dollars Compensation after sustaining injuries from a Motor Vehicle Accident
Published 07 Sep 2018
This matter involved a motor vehicle accident where our client was struck by another car while driving through an intersection.
How Has the Catholic Church Responded to Abuse Claims in Australia
Published 07 Sep 2018
Almost nine months after the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released its report, the Australian Catholic Church has finally responded.
Driver sued Local Council in unsafe road accident and awarded substantial compensation
Published 06 Sep 2018
Our client was driving her vehicle along a roadway in the mid north coast region of New South Wales. Her mother was riding her motor cycle in front of her vehicle. The local council was the authority responsible for the roadway and they had the care, control and management of the roadway and were vicariously liable and/or omissions of its employees, servants and/or agents undertaking work on the roadway.
Grafton shopper awarded damages as a result of slipping on a mandarin left on the floor
Published 05 Sep 2018
Our client was a customer attending to a shopping centre in Grafton, being a city in the norther rivers region of the state of new south wales, for the purposes of shopping when he was caused to slip and fall on a piece of mandarin which was left on the floor. It caused him to lose balance and fall heavily to the floor.
Manufacturer ordered to pay damages in compensation for defective/faulty knee pads
Published 04 Sep 2018
Our client was a floor tiler operating his floor tiling business in the Central Coast region of New South Wales. He had been operating as a floor tiler for many years. He purchased a pair of knee pads from an international household hardware chain for the purposes of undertaking his work as a floor tiler. Whilst our client was going about his work in the course of tiling he turned to pick up a tile when his right knee pad rolled to the side of the plastic plate causing him to suffer substantial injury to his right knee as it struck and twisted on a hard surface.
Nelson Bay car passenger awarded substantial damages in compensation for bush road accident
Published 03 Sep 2018
Our client was a front seat passenger in a motor vehicle driven by her partner on a country road in the Lower Hunter Valley region of the State of New South Wales. They were driving through the bush road in the evening to collect crab traps and that while they were driving through the bush road he hit a tree which had been on the roadway.
Northern NSW woman awarded $3.35 million in compensation following cancer misdiagnosis
Published 31 Aug 2018
This case concerned a 61 year-old woman who attended on the Defendant hospital in late 2015. She was diagnosed with small cell cancer following a biopsy, and chemotherapy was performed as a result. Approximately four months later, she attended on another hospital where it was discovered that she did not have small cell cancer at all. She was then correctly diagnosed with carcinoid lung cancer.
Sydney Woman Awarded $140,000.00 after Falling at Wedding Reception
Published 30 Aug 2018
Our client was attending her son’s wedding at a reception venue in Bankstown when she attempted to walk down the short flight of stairs to greet guests and family. The stairs in question were only two steps high but the room was poorly lit and there were no warning signs to indicate that the steps were there.
Teacher receives over $25,000 payout for knee injury
Published 29 Aug 2018
Our client was employed as a teacher with the Department of Education and Training. Unfortunately she suffered injury to her knee as a result of tripping over an object that was placed in an obscure location within the classroom.
How would new consent laws affect NSW sexual assault cases?
Published 28 Aug 2018
The NSW government may be implementing new laws soon regarding consent, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. The push came after extensive media coverage for a high profile sexual assault case involving a son of the owner of a big Kings Cross nightclub.
High School Student Awarded $55,000 for Injury Sustained during School Football Game
Published 28 Aug 2018
A year 9 student at a public Lake Macquarie High School has been awarded $55,000.00 after he was injured during a game of football organised by a trainee teacher. The game of football was played on a concrete surface under the school awning.
Central Coast resident receive $1.2 million in Wyong motor vehicle accident
Published 27 Aug 2018
The claimant was a 46 year old Central Coast resident who was a rail way shunter the only job he had known since starting work at the age of 16.
Section 39 Whole Person Impairment Assessments - Your option to be re-assessed
Published 24 Aug 2018
Our client sustained a workplace injury to his left shoulder in 2010 as a result of the heavy nature of his work, including general construction work.
Sydney pedestrian injured by a motor vehicle and awarded $100,000 in compensation
Published 23 Aug 2018
This matter involved a woman who was crossing the road at a roundabout when she was hit by a motor vehicle.
Windsor resident involved in near miss accident received $200,000 compensation
Published 22 Aug 2018
A Windsor woman was the driver of a motor vehicle which was driving along smith road in August 2015. All of a sudden without warning a white truck has pulled out of a driveway and into the path of our client.
What's the difference between negligence and a mistake?
Published 22 Aug 2018
Determining if someone was negligent when an injury occurred is dependent on a number of factors. However, there are guidelines in place under the Civil Liability Act that indicate how to determine negligence.
Pedestrian receives $425,000 in compensation after being hit by a motor vehicle
Published 21 Aug 2018
We represented Mrs T who was involved in a motor vehicle accident in 2014. Mrs T was a pedestrian walking across a pedestrian crossing at a busy intersection when a motor vehicle failed to stop and hit our client, causing injuries to her head, neck, shoulder, back, knee and lower leg, as well as psychological injury.
Blacktown man receives $130,000 in compensation after being hit by a motor vehicle
Published 20 Aug 2018
Our client, Mr M was sitting in his vehicle in a carpark. As Mr M was in his vehicle, another motor vehicle was driving erratically through the carpark and collided with Mr M’s motor vehicle. As a result of the collision Mr M suffered significant injuries to his neck, back, shoulder, teeth and knee.
90 Year Old Woman Receives Compensation After Being Involved In A Car Accident
Published 17 Aug 2018
As her family were driving on their normal route in a familiar Western Sydney neighborhood, another vehicle collided with their car, causing the grandmother to suffer injuries. Despite their car having a green light and the right of way, another vehicle failed to stop at a red light, leading to a front on collision.
UK Immigrant received over $140,000 following motorcycle accident
Published 16 Aug 2018
On 30 March 2016 our client was the driver of a motor cycle which was attempting to travel down Pitt Road, North Curl Curl. As he was travelling along pit road another vehicle has filed to stop at a stop street and pulled out from the side street knocking our client from his motorcycle.
Wollongong resident elects for settlement and received in excess of $25,000
Published 15 Aug 2018
On 18 January 2017 the Claimant was the driver of a vehicle which was stationary at a set of traffic lights in Wollongong. The claimant was hit from behind at speed resulting in a two day stay in hospital and exacerbation to a raft of pre-existing spinal injuries he had sustained from an earlier work place accident.
Parramatta resident receives $35,000.00 in compensation as a passenger in a motor vehicle accident
Published 14 Aug 2018
The Claimant was a 31 year old male who was a passenger of vehicle was attempting to turn off the Hume Highway into Cosgrove Road. As the vehicle turned into Cosgrove Road it came to a stop behind a band of traffic. The vehicle behind our client’s vehicle has failed to stop and collided with the rear of our client’s vehicle at speed. As a result our client sustained whiplash injuries to her neck and back.
Sydney Family Receives $87,500 in Compensation Following Untimely Death of Mother and Grandmother
Published 13 Aug 2018
This case concerned an elderly lady who was admitted into the care of the defendant hospital after suffering a stroke which resulted in right side weakness. It was noted upon her arrival that she was unable to mobilise and self-care adequately by reason of her right-sided weakness, and was at a serious risk of falling if unattended. She was prescribed a high level of dependent nursing care.
What should I do if I experience sexual harassment at work?
Published 13 Aug 2018
Sexual harassment in the workplace can be scary and confusing. You may be unsure about what constitutes harassment, and whether or not what you are experiencing would qualify. If you think you have been mistreated in this way at work, there are steps you can take to report the behaviour and ensure that it stops.
Parents of Disabled Child Receive $1,666,666 in Compensation to Assist with Ongoing Care and Treatment
Published 10 Aug 2018
This case concerned a child who was monitored during pregnancy and found to have a severe form of Down Syndrome. While investigations were performed which suggested the diagnosis, the mother was never counselled, advised, referred for treatment or had her child treated for Down Syndrome. It was not until 27 weeks’ gestation that the parents had confirmation that their child had severe Down Syndrome.
Northern NSW tenant succeeds in his public liability claim receiving $250,000 in compensation as a result of a fall in a rental property
Published 09 Aug 2018
Our Firm was approached by a middle aged man who suffered injury as a tenant in a renta