Small % impairment leads to significant compensation

Mr Martin, a 39 year old electrician,  was involved in a motor vehicle accident on the Peak Downs Highway, north of Clermont when another vehicle collided into the rear of his Landrover.  His vehicle was a 'write-off'. He injured his neck and back and had not worked since his accident.  He thought of retraining but [...]

Pedestrian struck by hit-and-run driver

A 36 year old pedestrian, who was intoxicated, was walking to his sister's home from a nearby tavern in Deception Bay. At about 7pm that night he began to cross near a round-about on Maine Terrace when a car suddenly turned from Bay Avenue.  The car struck the pedestrian and then drove off: leaving [...]

Assault on cruise ship not owner’s fault

Mr Packer, a 35 year old waterproof applicator, attended a work Christmas function in December 2006.  The function involved going on a cruise to South Stradbroke Island for a day trip.   He attended with his girlfriend and two children.   The cruise and function facilities on the island were operated by the Respondent, [...]

Bowls Club not at fault for assault

Mr Tilden and his friend were drinking in an open-air spoking area at the Ettalong Memorial Bowls Club.  They were seated.  Mr Gregg was seated nearby.  Over a period of twenty minutes or so Mr Gregg verbally abused and goaded Mr Tilden and his friend. Ultimately, Mr Tilden told Mr Gregg words to the effect: [...]

Man with no lawyer unable to defend claim

Mr Ward was a boarder at accommodation called Monger House.  It was a heritage listed building.  The boarding facilities were provided for the elderly and men down on their luck. The owners engaged Mr Butler to carry out repairs to the roof - replacing old tin sheets. On one particular day Mr Ward was standing [...]

Light bulb moment harms pensioner

Mr Johnston was a 63 year old disability pensioner who lived in a Department of Housing property.  He had lived in that house for 10 years.  The house had fallen into a poor state of repair, which included faulty electrical wiring. The department had inspected the home only at the time Mr Johnston had  moved [...]

Good Samaritan suffers from unsafe McDonald’s playground

In 2010 a 5 year old boy got stuck on some elevated playground equipment at the McDonald's store in Castle Hill.  The boy had gained access to the rear of the playground in an area he was not supposed to go and climbed up onto the equipment.  Mr Metaxoulis came to the boy's aid. [...]

Compensation awarded for fall outside Irish pub

In March 2011 Ms Kuban, then 52 years of age, attended Harrigan's Irish Pub in Pokolbin with her partner to have dinner, watch football and play some games of pool.  The couple left at about 11pm. It had ben raining that night and the tiled stairs at the front of the pub had become wet [...]

Fall at Westfield shopping centre

Ms Forge went to the Liverpool Westfield shopping centre one Thursday evening to do some Christmas shopping.  She was wearing rubber soled work boots.  She slipped and fell injuring her knees. The cleaner (employed by the Defendant) had been cleaning a spill in the area only minutes beforehand.  There was CCTV footage showing that [...]

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