There is a general perception that after driverless vehicles hit our roads there will be no further motor vehicle accidents and therefore no need for personal injury insurance or lawyers. This is fanciful. There are likely always to be motor vehicle accidents causing injury and death.
On Tuesday, a 51 year old woman was killed in a two car accident in Crookwell near Goulburn. The newspaper reports are short and say little other than there was a crash between two vehicles, one driven by the 51 year old travelling north and the other driven by a 70 year old travelling south. It is impossible to determine from those slim facts how the accident happened and who caused it.
This week is Stay Smart Online Week 2018, an annual initiative run by the Australian Government through the Australian Cyber Security Centre to fightback against cybercrime and help Australian businesses and families stay safe online (see: www.staysmartonline.gov.au/reversethethreat).
The Motor Accidents Injuries Act which came into effect on 1 December 2017 provides a scheme for payment of weekly income loss and treatment for people injured in NSW motor accidents. While the refund of their Greenslip has been heavily advertised, significant changes to the motor accident compensation scheme have not.
Spring has arrived and Sydney harbour expects the warmer weather to bring another busy cruise season. As the northern hemisphere summer cruise season draws to a close, it has unfortunately been blemished with recent reports of man overboard cruise accidents.
Every year, overseas tourists are injured in car accidents on NSW roads and return to their home countries, many in a serious condition. Before 1 December 2017, they were entitled to the same compensation as Australians. For accidents occurring on or after 1 December 2017, benefits paid to overseas tourists have reduced dramatically as Tom Goudkamp explains.
The greatest emotional barrier to bringing any legal claim is often the considerable amount of time it can take to bring the matter to an end. When it comes to medical negligence claims, the added stress of being injured and often restricted in some aspects of the activities of your daily living, means that a prompt resolution is often a primary concern.
Australian’s spend an estimated 1 billion dollars on cosmetic procedures each year. Many are unaware they are being operated on by non-specialist medical practitioners potentially exposing them to significant risk of harm and infection. Some patients do not know that in Australia that doctors without specialist plastic surgery training are entitled to refer to themselves as Cosmetic Surgeons.
Hazards such as mould, asbestos or contaminated water might seem minor at first, but they can lead to a range of lifelong diseases and medical conditions. Hazards such as these can also be dangerous for individuals with existing conditions, which may become aggravated upon exposure.
You probably deal with them in one way or another on a daily basis. Whether you’re visiting a public hospital, live in public housing, or simply catch public transport to work, public authorities are there to help you. When you're walking down a footpath that's maintained by the council or driving on a road that was built by Road Authorities, you’re dealing with a public body in one way or another.