Something to be reckoned with – Royal Commission recommendations for claims

Many significant recommendations have been made in Commissioner Hayne’s Final Report arising out of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry. While there has been significant commentary about the recommendations broadly, one recommendation that is likely to have a significant impact on the insurance industry has received relatively little […]

Autonomous vehicles: insurance and product liability implications on land and on the high seas

Wotton + Kearney partner, Belinda Henningham, along with Peter Allchorne, Wendy Hopkins, Olya Melnitchouk, Andrew Parker and Toby Vallance from our Legalign Global Alliance partner firm, DAC Beachcroft, explore whether the insurance industry is ready for the potential shift in policy coverage relating to autonomous vehicles and crewless ships. Belinda states that”…should the Australian Federal […]

Big Names, Big Data and Stroke

In the final installment of our exclusive series with ANZIIF: ‘How Advances in Medical Technology Are Impacting Insurance’, Karen Jones (Partner) and Dominic Flannery (Special Counsel) predict the likely benefit of the historical data from stroke victims on patients and insurers. You’d be hard pressed to find a reality where Sharon Stone, Richard Nixon, Joseph […]

On the Nose – Detecting Brain Injury

Imagine if brain trauma such as concussion could be detected instantly in an athlete through the sense of smell? In Part Five of our exclusive series with ANZIIF: ‘How Advances in Medical Technology Are Impacting Insurance’, Karen Jones (Partner) and Dominic Flannery (Special Counsel) comment on this developing technological advancement and its significance on insurers, […]

The “Angelina Effect” – Genetic Testing Becomes a Global Phenomenon

Angelina Jolie’s actions to undergo a double mastectomy after genetic testing revealed her predisposition to cancer has created an “Angelina Effect” – a growing demand for attaining personal genetic data. In Part Four of our exclusive series with ANZIIF: ‘How Advances in Medical Technology Are Impacting Insurance’, Karen Jones (Partner) and Dominic Flannery (Special Counsel) […]

Wearables and Health Tracking – An Insurer’s Dream or Nightmare?

Wearables such as FitBits are turning our bodies into real-time health data sources. In Part Three of our exclusive series with ANZIIF: ‘How Advances in Medical Technology Are Impacting Insurance’, Karen Jones (Partner) and Dominic Flannery (Special Counsel) provide commentary on the impending impact of this technology on the insurance landscape. Wouldn’t it be incredible […]

Nanotechnology – is it insurable?

Have you heard of the term nanoparticle? In Part Two of our exclusive series with ANZIIF: ‘How Advances in Medical Technology Are Impacting Insurance’, we tackle the unknown and unpredictable outcomes associated with the use of nanotechnology; especially given new possibilities for its use in food additives and the medical arena. It may sound like […]

The Future is Now: The Case For Wearable Robotics

For paraplegics with a spinal cord injury the opportunity to stand on their own feet and look another person eye to eye has previously been little more than a dream. However, wearable robotics is making this dream a reality for some, and in the process, changing the traditional rehabilitation landscape of the insurance industry. Wearable […]

Advances in medical technology – an insurer’s best friend?

With technological advances in the medical industry outpacing those in the insurance industry, Wotton + Kearney Partner, Karen Jones and Dominic Flannery (Special Counsel) advise insurers to be alert to the opportunities created through the use of these advancements in the defence of proceedings. The pace of medical advancements in the last decade has revolutionised […]

Personal injury hypothetical – claimant with a gripe about grapes

Wotton + Kearney’s Public and Products Liability Group recently hosted a personal injury hypothetical seminar for clients in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. Facilitated by Ben Richards from Aticus and with a panel comprised of partners Andrew Seiter and Paul Spezza and Special Counsel Karen Jones, almost 100 clients, together with lawyers from the firm’s PPL […]