Insights Categories: Professional Indemnity

Sep 23, 2019

INSIGHT: Ask for help, and ask early – advice for surviving an AHPRA notification

Meridian Lawyers regularly assists health practitioners who have been the subject of notification to statutory health authorities such as AHPRA, HCCC and the OHO. Our role is to help these practitioners understand, respond to and navigate the complaints process.  Unfortunately, we regularly hear clients express distress that they are the subject of complaint. Many suffer […]

Jun 25, 2019

INSIGHT: How medical practitioners can manage negative online reviews

Patients are increasingly using social media to post anonymous reviews and ratings about medical services they have received, both good and bad. Thankfully, most are positive. However, a critical review can be distressing for the practitioner and has the potential to damage reputation despite a bad review being just a scintilla of evidence as to […]

Apr 28, 2017

INSIGHT: Brand loyalty in professional indemnity insurance: risks of shifting insurance cover

The case scenario: A registered health practitioner was involved in the treatment of a cardiac patient in 2008. The practitioner heard nothing further about the patient until receipt of a letter from the Coroner’s Court of Victoria in 2012 requesting a statement concerning the patient’s cardiac management in 2008. The practitioner had retired from practice […]

Feb 22, 2017

INSIGHT: Meridian Lawyers successful in long-running professional negligence case

Meridian Lawyers has successfully defended a long-running professional negligence case against a solicitor. Case note: Borgese [2017] NSWSC 92: The plaintiff, Domenico Borgese, was born into a family of orchardists near Leeton. He lived with his five sisters and his parents, Carmella and Giuseppe on the family farm. The plaintiff left school at an early age to […]

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 […]

Jun 22, 2016

INSIGHT: Is this the end to using contractual indemnities to apportion liability for workers’ injuries?

The Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation (National Injury) Insurance Scheme (Amendment Bill 2016) has been introduced into the Queensland Parliament. Along with numerous amendments aimed at reconciling the National Disability Insurance Scheme with the Queensland Workers’ Compensation framework, the Bill also contains a number of amendments, which if enacted, have the potential to seriously impede the […]

May 4, 2016

INSIGHT: “Learn – change – sleep – repeat”… welcome to the new world

Principal Julie Somerville writes: This week my 10 year old son asked me “mum, how do I know if a hashtag has already been used, or whether I am using the right one” (his school must have a good cyber education program!). Times are changing and there is no doubt that it is vitally important […]

Mar 21, 2016

INSIGHT: ‘But how can I notify my insurer? All the details are private’

Posted by Julie Somerville, Principal, Meridian Lawyers: Every health practitioner knows the importance of maintaining the confidentiality of a patient’s personal information. However, every year a health practitioner is asked by its professional indemnity insurer to provide details of any circumstances that may give rise to a claim against them. Undoubtedly the health practitioner is […]

Nov 25, 2015

INSIGHT: So you still think that FaceBook is for teens and just a bit ‘low brow’?

.. you could be letting your clients down Posted by Julie Somerville, Principal, Meridian Lawyers Its no secret that I am reasonably active on social media; I have been a believer in its potential for connecting colleagues and clients for some time; but – much to the amusement of some of my colleagues – I think […]