Recent Cases

Mandoukos v Allianz Australia Insurance Limited [2024] NSWCA 71 (04 April 2024) (Leeming, Kirk and Stern JJA)


Catchwords:


TRAFFIC LAW AND TRANSPORT – traffic law – motor accident legislation – Motor Accident Injuries Act 2017 (NSW) – meaning of “medical dispute” under Act – actual medical dispute between the claimant and the insurer about the relevant medical assessment matter – question of fact depending on the ambit of dispute between the parties at the relevant time

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW – judicial review – jurisdictional error – further medical assessment under Motor Accident Injuries Act 2017 (NSW) – where claimant underwent surgery for cervical spine injury – whether obliged to consider if surgery itself rendered injury “non-minor” – not included in “medical dispute” referred again for assessment – no obligation on medical assessor

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW – judicial review – jurisdictional error – Motor Accident Injuries Act 2017 (NSW) – decision of delegate refusing to refer decision of medical assessor to review panel – where primary judge dismissed application for review of delegate’s decision on basis that there was no jurisdictional error in medical assessor’s decision – whether primary judge erred – question for the primary judge did not turn on question of whether there was jurisdictional error in decision of medical assessor