Hospital releases mentally ill man: kills friend

In 2004 a man from Victoria, Mr Pettigrove, who had a long history of chronic paraoid schizophrenia was involuntarily admitted to the Manning Base Hospital in Taree. At that time he had been with a friend of his, Mr Rose.  Both Mr Rose and Mr Pettigrove's mother spoke with hospital staff where it was [...]

Doctor fails to explain genetic risks to IVF couple

Mr & Mrs Waller conceived their son, Keeden, through IVF treatment.  That treatment had been co-ordinated by a gynaecologist, Dr James (who had a subspecialty in infertility and IVF). Keeden was born with an anti-thrombin deficiency (ATD) which he had genetically inherited from his father,  Four days after his birth Keeden suffered a stroke [...]

October 8th, 2016|Medical Error|Comments Off on Doctor fails to explain genetic risks to IVF couple

GP investigates wrong condition: patient left deaf & blind

Nancy Mules consulted her GP about neck pain on four occasions between 12-25 September 2008. She was referred to the Cairns Private hospital after the last of those consultations.  The following day she was diagnosed with cryptococcal meningitis, a disease which left her blind, deaf and with other severe disabilities. The GP had been proceeding [...]

October 6th, 2016|Medical Error|Comments Off on GP investigates wrong condition: patient left deaf & blind

Woman loses leg: makes claim against GP

In mid March 2011 Lyne Smythe attended her GP complaining of pain in her left foot.  He GP diagnosed an infection and prescribed antibiotics. About a week later Ms Smythe returned to the GP with two problems:  a perianal abscess and pinkness and tenderness in her left foot.  The GP prescribed another round of antibiotics. [...]

October 5th, 2016|Medical Error, Other Accident|Comments Off on Woman loses leg: makes claim against GP

Police siren makes disabled man fall and injure carer

Melanie Digby worked at the Compass Institute as a support worker.  The Institute provided disability services to clients between the age of 18 to 25.  The main aim of its programme was to teach the clients life skills, moving them from a classroom situation to being more independent. As part of that programme it organised [...]

October 5th, 2016|Other Accident, Work Accident|Comments Off on Police siren makes disabled man fall and injure carer

Worker asleep on the job gets compensation

Shane Cumbers was asleep in his donga at an accommodation village site in Moranbah when he was assaulted in the early hours of the morning. He suffered injuries to his face and chest and developed PTSD.  Mr Cumbers lodged a claim for workers compensation benefits.  His employer, Civeo Pty Ltd, objected. Mr Cumbers was employed as [...]

October 2nd, 2016|Work Accident|Comments Off on Worker asleep on the job gets compensation

Co-worker peeling orange inadvertently stabs man in hand

In September 2011 construction was taking place at a site in Redbank Plains.  Joshua Boon, who was then 22 years of age, was employed there as a labourer.  A bobcat operator, Tim Summerfeldt, was working there too.  The two men knew each other from work at previous sites. One lunch time the two men [...]

October 2nd, 2016|Accident on other property, Work Accident|Comments Off on Co-worker peeling orange inadvertently stabs man in hand

Man injured trying to answer work phone from shower: is it compensable?

Robert Ziebath, a Fleet Servies Manager, was showering late one Thursday evening when he heard his work mobile phone ring.  He claimed he had been chastised by his supervisor on a number of occasions in the past for not answering the phone. So he left the shower and hurried towards the phone.  While doing [...]

October 2nd, 2016|Other Accident, Work Accident|Comments Off on Man injured trying to answer work phone from shower: is it compensable?

Drop saw victim loses fingers, then his case: application completed incorrectly

In 2004 Anthony Hitchens obtained a policy of insurance from Zurich for income protection, death and TPD (total and permanent disablement) benefits. Three years later while using a drop saw at his home Mr Hitchens was involved in an accident with the saw that resulted in a number of his fingers and thumb being severed.  Partial [...]

October 1st, 2016|TPD Claims|Comments Off on Drop saw victim loses fingers, then his case: application completed incorrectly

Westpac denies claim because of past medical history: then claims fraud

Thereze Guirgis was a 43 year old pharmacist and married with two children in 2007 when she applied to Westpac for a policy of insurance. As part of the process she was required to fill out a lengthy form called a 'personal statement'.  As is common with such insurance applications the form contained a [...]

October 1st, 2016|Other Accident, TPD Claims|Comments Off on Westpac denies claim because of past medical history: then claims fraud
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