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Boat explosion caused by negligent repairs

Mr Ireland launched his outboard boat from a boat ramp at Port Hinchinbrook.  He then started the  the outboard motor and a fire broke out which severely damaged the motor.  Mr Ireland suffered a debilitating psychiatric injury (including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and a neck injury as a result of that. He brought a [...]

Fall from horse during riding lesson

The Plaintiff was an inexperienced rider taking lessons with the Defendant who was a riding instructor. The Plaintiff was riding a relatively gentle mare - but one that did not like tight fitted equipment around her nose and mouth. The events which transpired that day were in dispute.  Ultimately the Plaintiff's version  was preferred. [...]

Cyclist succeeds against driver in door-ing case

Aaron Smith, a 26 year old aircraft maintenance engineer & student, was riding his bicycle along Boundary Street in West End. A motorist who had parked his car on the side of the road opened the door of his car in front of Mr Smith.  Mr Smith and his bike struck the car door [...]

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 [...]

Calamity caused by unknown driver

In February 2009 a 40 year old truck driver, Mr Drzyzaga, was driving a semi-trailer along the Pacific Motorway and took the Nerang-Broadbeach Rd exit. He proceeded around a bend on the off-ramp, checked his rear mirrors and came upon a car that had stopped in the lane ahead of him.  Mr Drzyazaga then [...]

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 [...]