53-Year-old tyre fitter suffered psychiatric injuries

A 53 year old tyre fitter suffered orthopaedic and psychiatric injuries, with a reduced life expectancy which was shortened due to unrelated health problems. He had a criminal history and his credibility was unsuccessfully challenged at trial…

Tourist hit by bus awarded $2.087 million damages

New Year’s Eve 2011 changed Mina Yamaguchi’s life forever when she was involved in a motor vehicle accident whilst holidaying in Cairns. Mina was crossing a Cairns street on a pedestrian crossing when she was run down by a Cairns bus resulting in serious injuries, including organic brain damage, a broken pelvis, and multiple other injuries…

Harassed tricare worker received $436,000 compensation

Robyn Eaton was engaged as an administration assistant for nursing home giant, TriCare. She brought a claim against TriCare for psychiatric injury she sustained as a result of being placed under unreasonable workloads and stress due to lack of proper management in her work duties, and bullying and harassment she experienced on a regular basis at the hands of her supervisor and manager in the course of her work with the TriCare organisation…

Accident victim awarded $448,000 despite Cannabis abuse

In the case of Schneider v Smith & RACQ Insurance [2016] QSC 047, the Court was faced with determining the impact of accident injuries on the Plaintiff’s pre-accident lifestyle and employment against a strenuous argument by the Defendants that the Plaintiff’s cannabis abuse was a main cause of any claimed psychiatric condition and loss of earning capacity, and his general “surfer” attitude should reduce any economic loss award…