Anna specialises in the defence of life insurance, public liability, medical indemnity and professional liability matters.
Anna has significant experience advising life insurers and superannuation trustees on their liability arising from total and permanent disablement (TPD), death, trauma and income protection claims. She has acted on behalf of a number of Australia's major life insurers as well as the trustees of group superannuation funds.
Anna's medical indemnity experience includes acting for medical and allied health professionals in negligence claims including psychiatric hospitals, radiology service providers, clinical optometrists, laser surgery clinics, psychologists and alternative medicine practitioners. She represents medical and allied health professionals in Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) investigations as well complaints made against professionals to consumer complaint commission bodies.
Anna also acts for insurers and their insureds in the defence of public liability, product liability, medical indemnity and professional advice matters. She practices in all State and Federal jurisdictions and assists clients in preparing submissions to the Australian Financial Complaints Authority.
Anna is a member of the Australasian Life Underwriting and Claims Association, Australian Insurance Law Association, Women in Insurance and the Victorian Claims Discussion Group.
Acted for a life insurer in a Victorian County Court involving fraudulent misrepresentation and substantial non-disclosure by the claimant of his medical history when applying for TPD and Income Protection cover in a group scheme. The matter resolved shortly prior to trial on terms highly favourable to the insurer.
Assisted in the defence of a failure to diagnose claim brought against a radiology service provider. The patient presented with metastatic cancer four months after attending the radiology provider. Causation arising from the alleged breached was contested and the matter resolved at mediation.
Acted for a roof plumber in matter involving a roof tiler who suffered injuries in the course of employment. Claims were brought by the Worker and the VWA against the roof plumber, principal builder, scaffold supplier and roofing company. Liability was strongly contested as two defendants were not insured and there was evidence of substantial contributory negligence by the worker. Matter resolved at the door of court with considerable discount achieved for the insured roof plumber who, as an insured defendant, was considerably exposed to the Worker's common law damages claim.
Insurance & Reinsurance
Regulatory & Investigations