Martin v Golding Contractors Pty Ltd [2014] QSC 53


Catchwords: DAMAGES – PERSONAL INJURIES– QUANTUM – where plaintiff suffered personal injuries in workplace accident at mine – where liability admitted – assessment of damages – where assessment of general damages, past and future economic loss in issue.


As useful decision in the assessment of quantum for a mine worker –

[37] In summary therefore damages would be assessed as follows:

General damages for pain and suffering and loss of amenities of life $90,000.00
Interest on past pain and suffering $3,000.00
Past economic loss $330,000.00
Interest $67,485.00
Past superannuation $29,700.00
Future economic loss $700,000.00
Future superannuation $77,000.00
Education expenses – past $971.00
Education expenses – future $29,526.00
Past paid care and assistance $920.00
Future paid care and assistance $7,500.00
Fox v Wood –WorkCover $14,862.00
Fox v Wood – Centrelink $832.00
WorkCover special damages $6,122.00
Special damages $12,620.93
Interest $540.00
Future medical expenses $20,000.00
Loss of value of on site work benefits (past) $20,000.00
Interest $5,000.00
Loss of value of future work benefits $50,000.00
Subtotal $1,466078.93
Less WorkCover refund $50,984.84
Total $1,415,094.09


David Cormack – Brisbane Barrister.

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