Insights Categories: Medical Negligence

Feb 12, 2019

INSIGHT: Is the ‘irrational’ exception feasible?

The concept of ‘Competent Professional Practice’ has been considered by Courts in a number of recent NSW cases determining medical negligence. In a recent medical negligence case South Western Sydney Local Health District v Gould [2018] NSWCA 69 (Gould),[1] the NSW Court of Appeal (NSWCA) considered the interpretation of the statutory ‘irrational’ exception to the […]

Nov 8, 2018

INSIGHT: Melbourne Insurance Principals recognised in Doyle’s Guide 2018

Meridian is delighted to announce that all of our Melbourne Insurance Principals have been recognised in the 2018 edition of Doyle’s Guide. This announcement follows the recognition of our Queensland, Western Australia and New South Wales teams earlier in the week. Meridian achieved a second tier ranking in the listings for Leading Victorian Defendant Medical Negligence and Malpractice […]

Oct 10, 2018

INSIGHT: Professional Opinions – how much weight do they carry?

Hopes of helpful review of the current interpretation of the words “competent professional practice” as they appear in section 5O of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW) (the Act) were dashed, as special leave to appeal was denied by the High Court of Australia (HCA) from a NSW Court of Appeal (NSWCA) medical malpractice case.[1] […]

Jul 24, 2018

INSIGHT: Medication Misadventure – Methotrexate: A reminder to pharmacists to exercise independent judgment about the safety of a prescribed medicine.

This article was originally published as a PDL Practice Alert. It was written by Scott Ames, Principal and PDL Professional Officers, John Guy and Gary West. A recent inquest into the death of an elderly patient in Victoria [1] has put a spotlight on a pharmacist’s duty to exercise independent judgement when dispensing medication.   Background On 29 […]

Apr 20, 2017

INSIGHT: The interplay between evidentiary statements and interrogatories in professional negligence cases

The Supreme Court has considered the role of interrogatories and evidentiary statements in professional negligence proceedings, where a patient alleges that a physiotherapist needed to provide precautions and advice prior to, during and subsequent to a treatment. In September 2013 Mr Simon Arnold (‘plaintiff/patient’) received physiotherapy treatment from Mr Chris Matsias (‘defendant/physiotherapist’). The patient alleged that […]

Apr 7, 2017

INSIGHT: Meridian Lawyers named in Best Lawyers in Australia 2018 edition

Media Release: Australia’s Best Lawyers announcement on 7 April 2017 named Meridian Lawyers Special Counsel Peter Axelrod as a Lawyer of the Year for Aviation Law, following his recognition by Best Lawyers® in this area of law for the past 10 years. Meridian Lawyers congratulates seven Principals for their recognition as amongst the best in Australia in the 10th […]

Dec 7, 2016

INSIGHT: Meridian’s Principals recognised as leading lawyers by Doyles Guide

Meridian Lawyers is delighted to be recognised in the Doyles Guide 2016 listing of leading law firms in 9 categories. Doyle’s Guide has also recognised Meridian’s Principals, who have been identified by their peers for their expertise and abilities in the following areas of practice: Compulsory Third Party Insurance Lawyers (Defendant) Recommended: Nevena Brown, Sydney Dust […]

Mar 16, 2016

INSIGHT: Meridian Lawyers named in Best Lawyers

Meridian Lawyers congratulates its Principals following their recognition as amongst the best in Australia in the 9th edition of Best Lawyers®. More than half the firm’s Principals are listed in the 2017 edition, demonstrating the team’s depth of experience and expertise across the areas of Insurance Law, Litigation, Commercial Law, Health & Aged Care Law, […]