Breaking the chain of causation: Medical treatment.

Ironmonger v Gunnedah Shire Council [2021) NSWPIC 48 (on Jade) is the first decision of the new NSW Personal Injury Commission to be mentioned on this blog. The claim before the Commission was for a workers compensation death benefit, but the issue of interest is whehter the treatment provided to the deceased at hospital was … Continue reading Breaking the chain of causation: Medical treatment.

Pseudonym order in action against health professional.

ABC v Slowiaczek [2021] NSWSC 330 (available on Caselaw) is a very short judgement, but is of interest for the context in which a pseudonym order was made. The plaintiff wished to institute proceedings claiming damages against a health professional who treated her over an extended period of time and was alleged to have inappropriately formed a … Continue reading Pseudonym order in action against health professional.

Inquest into the deaths of John, Jack and Jennifer EDWARDS + Legal practitioner obligations.

Released today were the findings of the NSW State Coroner into the deaths of John Edwards and his children Jack and Jennifer Edwards. The formal findings were that Jack and Jennifer Edwards were killed by their father John, who later died of a self inflicted gunshot wound. Although not the subject of the inquest, the … Continue reading Inquest into the deaths of John, Jack and Jennifer EDWARDS + Legal practitioner obligations.

New edition of ‘Australian Medical Liability’.

Lexis Nexis yesterday kindly added the fourth edition of our book, Australian Medical Liability, to their online store. The paperback version is available for pre-order now (10% discount, delivery in April) with the ebook version to follow. (More information follows this strangely large image of the book cover.) As before Janine McIlwraith, Benjamin Madden and … Continue reading New edition of ‘Australian Medical Liability’.

UK: Further decision on gender dysphoria treatment & Gillick competence issues.

A decision in December 2020 Bell v Tavistock and Portman NHE Foundation Trust & Ors [2020] EWHC 3274 (Admin), available online, gained considerable attention in England and elsewhere when addressing the legal requirements for consent by minors and or court approval for gender dysphoria treatment. Apparently the hearing of an appeal from that decision will begin on … Continue reading UK: Further decision on gender dysphoria treatment & Gillick competence issues.

Expert witness duties + disciplinary action.

Bux v The General Medical Council [2021] EWHC 762 (Admin) (on BAILII) concerned a medical practitioner who had prepared expert reports in food poisoning cases.  He did this for a firm of solicitors in which his wife was a salaried partner.  The existence of this relationship was never disclosed (to the other parties to the … Continue reading Expert witness duties + disciplinary action.