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Respondents to personal injury claims involving multiple respondents in Victoria should be aware of the ramifications arising from the decision in Hart v Director of Housing & Hanover Welfare Services (Unreported, County Court of Victoria, Judge Morrish, 28 October 2013).1 The outcome in this case highlights the importance of referring a claimant to the medical panel in respect of the impairment thresholds under the Wrongs Act 1958 (Vic).
Director Clinical Services, Child & Adolescent Health Services and Kiszko & Anor  FCWA 75
This case concerns the death of Colleen Stefanyszyn on 5 December 2008 after elective surgery performed by Dr Oliver Brown at Newcastle Private Hospital on 1 December 2008.
Proceedings were brought by Mrs Stefanyszyn's husband and two daughters under the Compensation to Relatives Act 1897 (NSW), and they also brought claims for nervous shock. The defendant to the claim was Dr Brown.
Their claims were settled prior to the hearing on terms which the Hospital accepted were appropriate.
This Supreme Court judgment concerns a cross-claim brought by Dr Brown against the Hospital for contribution and deals with the nature and the scope of duties owed to a patient.
Tasmanian Board of the Medical Board of Australia v Dr Wojtek Majchrzak (Ref No. 1/2014)  TASHPT 2