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Effect of Estrangement in Family Provision Claims

The recent decision of the New South Wales Supreme Court of Kitteridge v Kitteridge [2022] NSWSC 193 provides a useful summary of the considerations of the Court when dealing with a claim by a child who was estranged from their…

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Contributory Negligence – CTP Damages

The recent decision of Inthaphala v Insurance Australia Limited t/as NRMA Insurance [2021] NSWPIC 541 decided by the Personal Injury Commission (“Commission”) highlights the issue of contributory negligence in CTP personal injury damages claims. Mr Inthaphala was a front seat passenger…

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Failed cardio-thoracic surgery: lobectomy v pneumonectomy

Background In November 2018, our client’s father consulted with his GP due to unexplained weight loss. He underwent a CT scan and it was discovered that he had a lung tumour. However, the CT scan report did not detail the…

Cardiothoracic surgery

Matter resolved after employer declined liability

Melanie, a 58-year-old aged care nursing assistant suffered an injury to her right knee in October 2019 while assisting to transfer an obese resident from her chair to her bed. Whilst Melanie’s knee hurt, she was able to complete her…

declined liability

Misdiagnosis of inflammatory condition: Caleb’s story

We have recently acted for a number of children who have suffered serious and life threatening conditions as a result of misdiagnosis of inflammatory illnesses. This resulted in a delay in our clients receiving the appropriate treatment and left them…

Misdiagnosis of inflammatory condition

The value of life: Joanne’s Story

What is the value of a few months of life?  Palliative care and the over administration of narcotics and benzodiazepines for comfort. Joanne had metastatic breast cancer. She was 40, a successful businesswoman and much loved by her parents and brother.…

The value of life: Joanne's story

Failure to diagnose septic shock: Brian’s story

We recently acted for the family members of a man who tragically died because staff at a rural hospital failed to diagnose and treat him properly. The man had suffered a perforation of a duodenal ulcer which had caused him…

Septic shock

Failure to review abnormal pap smear: Melissa’s Story

Failure by gynecologist to review an abnormal pap smear test result. Our client, Melissa, had experienced abnormal vaginal bleeding (haemorrhagia). She was referred to a gynaecologist for treatment and had routine annual pap smear tests. Test results were returned but…

Failure to review pap smear test client story

Failure to refer patient with hoarse voice: Jay’s Story

Failure by G.P. to urgently refer a patient complaining of a hoarse voice to an ENT or to Hospital. Our client, Jay, reported to his G.P. complaining of a hoarse voice which worsened throughout the day. He had been experiencing…

Failure to refer - patient with hoarse voice

Failure to Review CT Angiogram: Steven’s Story

Failure to review CT Angiogram after patient experienced chest pain and shortness of breath. Our client, Steven, presented to his G.P. complaining of shortness of breath when exercising and some chest pain on exertion. He was typically a very fit…

Failure to review CT Angiogram

Failure to review sleep oximetry test: Claire’s Story

Failure by neurologist to review sleep oximetry test after patient complaint of lethargy and pain. Our client, Claire, suffered the onset of epilepsy later in her life. She was referred to a neurologist who put her on Keppra, an anti-epileptic/anticonvulsant…

Failure to review sleep oximetry test - Keppra

Faulty bicycle: Sharon’s Story

Sharon received a bicycle for Christmas in 2017 from her husband. Sharon’s husband purchased the bicycle from a local bike shop and it was delivered assembled. There was no user manual provided and no one from the bike shop explained…

Bicycle for Christmas

Common law damages secured for traumatic brain injury: Lukes Story

In July 2017, Luke was riding his motorcycle along a fairly busy suburban street when he was struck by another motorcycle which failed to give way and collided with Luke causing the accident. Luke had facial injuries and was reported…

Common law damages secured for traumatic brain injury

Cataract surgery without consent; Rachael’s Story

Rachael was diagnosed with cataracts by her optometrist and told that she needed to see an ophthalmologist and may need surgery. She was referred to Dr Seen, a local ophthalmologist. Dr Seen examined Rachael and recommended cataract surgery. He told…

Cataract surgery - failure to inform

IVF Genetic Testing Incontentia Pigmenti- Sandra & Stewart’s Story

Sandra carried the X chromosome linked genetic mutation, Incontinentia Pigmenti (ÏP), which results in disability if inherited in female children and spontaneous miscarriage if inherited by a male foetus.  She had conceived naturally on a couple of occasions previously and…

Incontentia Pigmenti

Death of a loved one: Francesca’s story

Francesca suffered a psychiatric injury following the sudden death of her mother in hospital. One day Francesca noticed that her mother looked unwell. She reported this to staff at the aged care facility where her mother lived. Over the following…

Death of a loved one

Wrongful birth claim – Fragile X

Conrad Curry and the team at The Law Office of Conrad Curry recently resolved a claim for damages for ‘wrongful birth’ in the District Court of South Australia for the parents of a young boy who was born with Fragile…

Amniocentesis & CVS - fragile X

Client story: Escalating domestic violence resulting in murder – negligence claim against NSW Police

Domestic violence and abuse case The chilling story of a woman who was let down when she sought Police protection from her violent ex-husband. Lily met Richard when she was 18. They later married and had 4 children together. Throughout…

Negligence claim against NSW Police

Workplace bullying leads to psychological / psychiatric injury

Psychiatric injury Senior Associate Amanda Robinson acted on behalf of a client who was subjected to workplace bullying and unrealistic expectations resulting in a deterioration of her health and psychological / psychiatric injury. Our client has kindly allowed us to…

Bullying resulting in psychological psychiatric injury

Fatality From Prescription Medicine Overdose – John’s story

Prescription Medicine Fatality Senior Associate Jane Bulter acted on behalf of the husband whose wife passed away after an overdose of prescription medicine. We are happy to report that our client’s case settled favourably. Our client has kindly allowed us…

Prescription medicine overdose

Perforation of urethra during insertion of a urinary catheter: Mick’s story

Urinary catheter insertion Mick was 64 years of age when he was diagnosed with a calcification in the lower lobe of his left kidney (kidney stone). This occurred after a presentation to the emergency department of the local tertiary hospital.…

Urinary catheter

Bladder and prostate cancer: Greg’s story

Bladder and prostate cancer Greg was 68 years of age at the time that he had his radical cystoprostatectomy  (operation to remove the bladder, prostate and associated pelvic tissue). He had spinal surgery in 2015. Preoperative urine and blood tests…

Rectal injury during bladder cancer surgery

Bowel cancer, failure to diagnose anastomotic leak: George’s story

Bowel cancer case George was a 73-year-old man who had a history of diverticular disease (abnormality of the wall of the bowel). He was referred by his GP to a general surgeon/colorectal surgeon for a routine colonoscopy. During the colonoscopy…

Anastomotic Leak - George's story

Former spouse’s claim for family provision after 40 years of separation – Barbara’s story

Family Provision Case Our client Barbara was in a de facto relationship with James in the 1970’s. Whilst the relationship was short, they had a child together who needed the support, financial and otherwise of both parents throughout her childhood…

Family Provision Case - Barbara's story

Elderly man dies in care of NSW Ambulance paramedics during fourth attendance: John’s story

NSW Ambulance Case John was 73 years old, suffered from diabetes and about a month prior to his death had been discharged from hospital following a bout of pneumonia. John was an amputee and required a wheel chair or scooter…

NSW Ambulance paramedics

Professional misconduct: Sarah’s story

Professional misconduct When a Doctor takes advantage of a vulnerable patient Sarah immigrated to Australia after meeting and quickly marrying her husband overseas. The newlywed couple moved frequently due to her husband’s work. Sarah found it difficult to make friends…

Professional misconduct

Slip and fall injuries – Jenny’s story

Slip and fall Many of you will remember the torrential rainfall and ‘cyclonic’ winds which lashed Newcastle and the Hunter in April 2015. There were power outages, spot flooding, trees down and much damage to property throughout the region. During…

Person on crutches

Mr J’s Motor vehicle accident claim

Mr J contacted The Law Office of Conrad Curry, whilst in hospital, wanting to know if he could make a motor vehicle accident claim against the driver of the large vehicle.

Broken bicycle helmet

Vasectomy and reproductive negligence: Tony’s story

Male sterilisation: Vasectomy Vasectomy is a surgical procedure for male sterilisation or permanent contraception in which the vas deferens are cut and tied or sealed so as to prevent sperm entering into the urethra and thereby preventing fertilisation through sexual intercourse.…

Paternity test

Tubal ligation – reproductive negligence: Erin’s story

Tubal Ligation Tubal Ligation is a permanent form of contraception and is intended to be non-reversible in which the fallopian tubes are blocked or occluded with the placement of clips. It can be conducted by laparoscopy (keyhole surgery) or laparotomy…

Reproductive negligence tubal ligation

Deprivation of pregnancy and reproductive negligence: Stacey & Michael’s story

Deprivation of pregnancy When they married, Michael and Stacey planned to have two children and hoped very much that they would have one of each. Unfortunately, Stacey suffered from endometriosis which meant that she suffered a great deal of pain…

Deprivation of pregnancy

Ectopic pregnancy and medical negligence: Mary’s story

Ectopic pregnancy Mary and her husband were trying for their second child. Mary started to suffer some abdominal pain and bleeding. She conducted a home pregnancy test which proved positive and presented to her G.P.  The G.P. organised antenatal investigations…

Ectopic pregnancy Mary's story

Methotrexate and medical negligence: Julie’s story

Administration of Methotrexate Julie and her husband were only recently married when she fell pregnant. Unfortunately in the case of her first pregnancy, delayed diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy meant that she lost one of her fallopian tubes. She fell pregnant…

Methotrexate for an ectopic pregnancy

Coronary artery disease and medical negligence: Louise’s story

Coronary artery disease Louise had been treated for coronary artery disease over many years. She was ​recommended by her gynaecologist that she undergo a non-essential gynaecological procedure. Undecided, she sought the advice of her cardiologist who approved the withdrawal of her anti-platelet/anti-clotting…

Coronary artery disease - cardiologist

Acute Coronary Syndrome medical negligence

​Bill was designated as potentially an Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) patient at the Emergency Department (ED) of the major tertiary hospital in town and transferred to the coronary ward after a family night out was disrupted when Bill suffered shoulder and…

Acute Coronary Syndrome

Myocardial infarction and medical negligence: Jane’s story

Myocardial infarction Jane had a history of coronary artery disease and a prior Myocardial Infarction ‘MI’ which had involved having a stent (a small mesh tube that’s used to treat narrow or weak arteries) placed in her left anterior descending artery (LAD)​. Her…

Myocardial infarction

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