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Victim of a violent assault prevails with further compensation on appeal.

ROBERTSON V HOPWOOD [2018] WADC 66 It is uncontentious that on the day of the incident, the respondent (Mr Hopwood) was at the Inglewood Hotel watching a rugby match from about 6.00 pm and that the appellant (Mr Robertson) was also there. It is also uncontentious that the Mr Hopwood had known the offender for…

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Duty of care after explosion

BAKER -v- LOCK [2018] WADC 48 The plaintiff, Mr Jesse Baker (Mr Baker) visited Mr Robert Lock (Robert) at his residence (premises) to discuss and pay for repairs that Robert had agreed to make to Mr Baker’s motorcycle. Whilst the two men and another man, were seated in a rear shed at the premises, Robert…

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After Dark Stroll Turns Deadly

ROWE -v- ROSE [2018] WADC 38 At approximately 10.00 pm on 20 May 2013, the Defendant drove her motor vehicle from her home and turned into Preston Point Road, Bicton, driving in an easterly direction. Her motor vehicle struck Mr Prime on the roadway as he was walking his dog. There were no eyewitnesses. Mr…

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A Horrible Act Sees Compensation Awarded to Victim

RE HCM [2018] WADC 20 HCM was born on 2 May 1983 in Vienna, Austria. She is now 34 years old. She was born to SH and a man whose name is not known. He played no part in her life. Not long after the birth SH emigrated to Australia with HCM and settled in…

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Applicant’s Award Lowered on Appeal

(Underwood v Underwood [2018] WADC 13) On the 1st of December 2015, an argument took place at a residence in Safety Bay, during which the appellant slapped the respondent across the face once with an open palm and also kicked her left leg once. The respondent sustained bruising and swelling to the left side of…

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A Major Win After a Tough Few Years

MAJOK v KORYIOM [2017] WADC 157 The appellant, who is now 27 years old, was seriously assaulted by the respondent on 13 April 2013. The respondent was convicted after trial, on 6 May 2014, of the offence of doing grievous bodily harm (the offence). On 23 June 2014 the respondent was sentenced for the offence…

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A Few Quiet Drinks Turns into a Life Changing Situation

RE PIGGOTT [2017] WADC 150 Mr Piggott and Mr Benjamin Browne were involved in an incident at Mr Browne’s residence. During the incident Mr Browne struck Mr Piggott and Mr Piggott sustained grievous bodily harm. At the time there were four adults at the residence. Mr Browne’s wife, Mrs Taryn Browne, says she was inside.…

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Day Off Turns Into a Nightmare

RAMSAY HEALTH CARE AUSTRALIA PTY LTD VS WYATT – [2017] WADC 145 On 8 April 2014 (on a rostered day off), Ms Wyatt attended the hospital where she worked to complete a form that had been requested of her previously. It is accepted that her attendance did not relate to the nursing duties for which…

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‘Relatively Easily’ Brain Surgery Has Tragic Results

PANAGOULIAS -v- THE EAST METROPOLITAN HEALTH SERVICE [No.4] [2017] WADC 118 Prior to his injuries the plaintiff was a very social person. He enjoyed a range of leisure activities like, fishing and cooking, home handy work including renovating and tinkering with cars, and enjoyed his work as well. In December 2005, the plaintiff was diagnosed…

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5 Questions To Ask Your Lawyer

Choosing the right lawyer for your individual case is essential to getting the result you want. In order to find out if a lawyer is right for you, here at 5 crucial questions to ask: 1: What kind of lawyer are they? Some lawyers are “general practitioners” who work on a variety of types of…

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