3003 Exam Student Sample Answer 1 for Discussion
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The plaintiffs in this action are Lincoln and Simon. The potential defendants are the Mandersons, VIP Authority (public authority), Mary Danger and Dodgy Security. Lincoln has a claim against the Mandersons for negligence (occupiers’ liability), VIP Authority (negligence), and a medical negligence action against Dr Mary Danger. Simon has a potential claim against his employer for negligence, and a no fault workers’ compensation claim. The CLA applies to Lincoln’s claims as the incident occurred after December 2 2002 (s 2 CLA), it is a civil claim for damages for harm (s 4 CLA) and all of the actions don’t relate to the workplace, dust or smoking (s 5 CLA). Simon’s claim will be dealt with under the WCRA. There are multiple tortfeasors in this case being the Mandersons, the VIP authority and Mary Danger (in relation to Lincoln’s claim). Therefore s 6 and 7 of the Law Reform Act apply. There will be solidary liability but the defendants will be required to share amongst themselves pursuant to s 6 and 7.
Action 1 Lincoln v Mandersons
Occupiers liability is an established category of duty: Australian Safeways. It extends to owing to all foreseeable entrants a duty to care in relation to all foreseeable risks. It arises out of the control of the premises: Australian Safeways. The Mandersons are the residential occupiers.
S 12 of the CLA states that whether or not a defendant breaches the DOC depends on the balance of probabilities BOP. S 9(1) (a) risk was foreseeable as teenagers were drinking and sliding down a slide. Satisfied as it is foreseeable for injury to arise from sliding down slides while intoxicated. Injury could be expected from incorrectly using a slide. S 9(1)(b) cannot be insignificant, for instance fanciful: Wyong. In this case it a real possibility that drunk...