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17 May 2018

This matter involved an application by the Plaintiff, Mr Caffrey (“Caffrey”), to strike out certain parts of the defence filed by the first Defendant, AAI Limited (“AAI”).   Accordingly, the second Defendant, RACQ Insurance Limited, had no involvement in this application.


10 May 2018

The Western Australia District Court recently heard an action in negligence against a driver who struck and killed a pedestrian. The Court’s decision reiterated the well established common law principles of negligence as well as provided valuable insight into the operation of the Vincents Chartered Accountants and Luntz tables in respect of calculating damages in personal injury claims.

Rowe v Rose [2018] WADC (21 March 2018)

02 May 2018

In 2015, the Workers Compensation Commission determined in State of New South Wales v Stockwell [2015] NSWWCCPD 9 (“Stockwell”) that an injured worker’s entitlement to Section 60 medical expenses does not theoretically cease in the event that they permanently move abroad.

 State of New South Wales v Stockwell [2015] NSWWCCPD 9

24 Apr 2018

Rankin Ellison Lawyers recently defended the Insurer of the Secretary, Department of Education (“Respondent”) in an action brought by Mr Vaughan (“Appellant”) in the Workers Compensation Commission. Upon losing his claim, the Appellant appealed the Arbitrator’s first instance decision.

Vaughan v Secretary, Department of Education [2018] NSWWCCPD (10 January 2018)

19 Apr 2018

Section 59A of the Workers Compensation Act 1987 (NSW) (‘1987 Act’) provides that an injured worker is not entitled to compensation in respect of any treatment, service or assistance that is given or provided after the compensation period has elapsed. However, there are a number of exceptions to that rule. Importantly for the purpose of this case note, the rule does not apply to the provision of “artificial aids”.

Pacific National v Baldacchino [2018] NSWWCCPD 12 (28 March 2018)

28 Feb 2018

This matter arose out of a helicopter crash that resulted in the death of three people. Legal action was commenced by an array of litigants, including the dependants of two of the three deceased persons. Further, a number of additional claims and cross-claims were made by the respective Defendants to the initial proceedings.

 South West Helicopters Pty Ltd v Stephenson [2017] NSWCA 312


22 Feb 2018

A win on an interlocutory issue for Rankin Ellison Lawyers. We acted for the Respondent in the above Summons Seeking Leave to Appeal. On behalf of our client, on or about 22 September 2015 we served a Notice to Admit facts stating: ‘On a date prior to 20 December 2010 [Taree Truck Centre] was engaged by [Kneeward] to inspect, service, maintain and repair (the truck) as necessary and Taree carried out regular inspections, servicing and repair of the vehicle’.

Taree Truck Centre Pty Ltd v Kneeward Pty Ltd [2018] NSWCA 16 (15 February 2018)


21 Feb 2018

In this matter, the Plaintiff, Jerrod Crim (“Plaintiff”), sought leave from the District Court to commence work injury damages proceedings against the Defendant, Vodafone Hutchinson Australia Pty Ltd (“Defendant”) after the expiration of the 3 year limitation period prescribed by Section 151D(2) of the Workers Compensation Act 1987 (NSW) (“Act”).

Crim v Vodafone Hutchinson Australia Pty Ltd [2017] NSWDC 404


15 Feb 2018

The Deceased, John Hemmes, died on 1 March 2015 aged 83. The Plaintiff, Edward Cameron, was born in 1990 following an extra marital affair between his mother and the Deceased. The Deceased never acknowledged the Plaintiff as his child, despite confirmation through DNA testing.

 Estate Hemmes; Cameron v Mead [2018] NSWSC 85

08 Feb 2018

The President of the Workers Compensation Commission recently overturned a finding that a bull rider was a deemed worker engaged by the Australian Bushman’s Campdraft and Rodeo Association Ltd (ABCRA) and the Camden Show Society Inc (CSS) for the purposes of workers compensation.

Australian Bushman’s Campdraft and Rodeo Association Ltd v Gajkowski [2017] NSWWCCPD 54 & The Camden Show Society Inc v Gajkowski [2017] NSWWCCPD 55


07 Feb 2018

The Plaintiff, Steven George Villanti, commenced separate legal action against two entities that he alleged were liable for work injuries that he had sustained. The separate proceedings were joined and heard concurrently in the Supreme Court of NSW. Both the first Defendant, Coles, and the second Defendant, Allstaff, filed cross claims against one another. Their respective claims concerned various aspects of the law including civil liability legislation, motor vehicle accident legislation, and workers compensation legislation.

 Steven George Villanti v Coles Group Supply Chain Pty Limited; Steven George Villanti v All Staff Australia NSW Pty Ltd t/as Allstaff Australia [2017] NSWSC 1231


31 Jan 2018

The Court of Appeal allowed an appeal against the decision of the Commission, who had dismissed an appeal brought by the Appellant (Tudor Capital Australia, “Tudor”). Tudor had originally appealed against the decision of the Arbitrator, who found in favour of the Respondent (Ms Christensen) in respect of a claim for compensation for her late husband’s death under Sections 9 and 25 of the Workers Compensation Act 1987.

 Tudor Capital Australia Pty Limited v Christensen [2017] NSWCA 260

30 Jan 2018

The Defendant (Coles Supermarkets) belatedly sought leave on the second day of proceedings to serve four ‘supplementary’ expert reports, which was refused by the Court. In considering the leave application, the Court was required to determine whether the Defendant had established the existence of ‘exceptional circumstances’ in accordance with Rule 31.28 of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 2005 (NSW) (‘the Rules’), which would justify an exercise of the Court’s discretion to allow the additional reports to be tendered. The operation of Rule 31.34 regarding the use and serving of supplementary reports as well as general Rules governing the conduct of parties during proceedings was also explored. 

Williams v Coles Supermarkets Australia Pty Limited [2017] NSWSC 1326

21 Dec 2017

This matter is a Section 151Z recovery case which was appealed to the Court of Appeal on the basis that the primary judge had not provided sufficient reasons to explain his findings on causation.

Barnes v The State of New South Wales [2017] NSWCA 254

29 Nov 2017

The Appellant originally commenced proceedings in the District Court alleging negligence on behalf of Maitland City Council as well as Maitland City Tennis Club Inc, after he was injured when he tripped and fell while playing tennis at the Club. Balla DCJ dismissed Mr Passmore’s claim, finding that the Appellant had failed to demonstrate that he tripped as a result of the condition of the tennis court. The Court of Appeal subsequently dismissed the appeal, finding no error in fact or law with Balla DCJ’s judgment.

Passmore v Maitland City Council [2017] NSWCA 253


22 Nov 2017

The Applicant, Ms Fallone, sustained two separate workplace injuries in the course of her employment with the Respondent, for which she received compensation, and also sustained injuries as a result of an unrelated motor vehicle accident. She underwent unapproved right shoulder surgery, and later brought proceedings in the Commission for the costs associated with the surgery as well as payment for a period of incapacity which resulted thereafter. The Arbitrator entered an award in favour of the Respondent, finding that the surgery and her subsequent incapacity was not sufficiently connected to her workplace injuries.

Barbara Fallone v South Western Sydney Institute [2017] NSWWCC 174

16 Nov 2017

The Employer, Pidcock Panel Beating, appealed against the decision of the Arbitrator to allow referral of a previous assessment of permanent impairment for which a Certificate of Determination had been issued and compensation awarded. It contended that as the dispute had been finalised, Section 329 of the WIMA 1998 Act could not apply to allow the referral. 

Pidcock Panel Beating Pty Ltd v Nicolia [2017] NSWWCCPD 32 (25 July 2017)

09 Nov 2017
The worker, Milan Kabic, was employed by a labour hire Company (Caringbah Formwork) to work on a building site that was operated by Deicorp (the principal contractor) and Calcono (sub-contractor). He sustained significant injuries when he fell from framework whilst working on the site. 
Kabic v Workers Compensation Nominal Insurer (No 3) [2017] NSWSC 1281
25 Oct 2017

The worker claimed compensation for domestic assistance for the cost of house painting and for the cost of pool maintenance at the worker’s home.  The Workers Compensation Commission Arbitrator found in favour of the worker for the cost of painting his house, but not for the cost of pool maintenance.

Bellamy v Watertech Resources [2017] NSWWCC 195

19 Oct 2017
Applicant commenced proceedings in the WCC seeking further lump sum compensation following injuries to her right lower extremity and lumbar spine on 3 March 2010.  In previous proceedings Consent Orders were entered into for injuries to the right lower extremity and lumbar spine.

Karen Israel v Catering Industries (NSW) Pty Ltd [2017] NSWWCC 215 (7 September 2017)

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