GL Update – key trends and emerging risks in general liability insurance

Welcome to Wotton + Kearney’s GL Update – a snapshot of the key trends and emerging risks in general liability insurance in Australia. In this edition we look at the impact of recent significant matters, including the Lacrosse cladding fire litigation conducted by our Melbourne team, the ongoing risk of concussion claims and prison authority […]

Specialist healthcare and medico-legal team joins Wotton + Kearney in New Zealand

Wotton + Kearney is delighted to announce that a substantial new healthcare and medico-legal team, including three partners, joined its Australasian healthcare practice on 1 January 2019 based in Auckland and Wellington. Partners Sean O’Sullivan, Aimee Credin and Adam Holloway, Senior Associates Murray Grant and Victoria Waalkens, and Solicitor Rebecca Daley have joined Wotton + […]

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 […]

Brain injury in sport: the new ‘asbestos’?

A growing area of risk for underwriters is in the area of delayed onset brain injury related to contact sports. Richard Johnson, Partner at Wotton + Kearney, explores this highly topical issue and the implications for the insurance industry What is delayed onset brain injury? Mike Webster played centre for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the […]