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How a Tasmanian court applied a UK ruling on future care costs

17 August 2016

A landmark case could set the precedent for UK citizens claiming overseas, explains Peter Rigby

On 18 July 2016, the Supreme Court of Tasmania applied the Court of Appeal decision in Peters v East Midlands Strategic Health Authority [2009] 3 WLR 737 to its assessment of future care costs, helping to resolve a long running issue of a claimant's right to pursue a defendant for the costs of future care, even if those costs could be reasonably obtained from publically-funded support (e.g. statutory funding or NHS/Local Authority care).

The judgment of Raper v Bowden [2016] TASSC 35 took place to determine the quantum of damages for Holly Raper, a 24-year-old British backpacker, who was involved in a life-changing accident while working on a dairy farm on King Island, Australia, during her gap year in December 2011.

Holly suffered serious head and facial injuries after fall...

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