Paff v Speed: 6 Apr 1961

(High Court of Australia) ‘The first consideration is what is the nature of the loss or damage which the plaintiff says he has suffered.’
Damages – Personal injuries – Matters to be considered in reduction of damages – Plaintiff policeman at time of injury – Subsequent compulsory retirement from Police Force – Pension awarded – Evidence adduced by plaintiff of pension rights had he continued in Police Force – Evidence of award of pension admissible – Excessiveness of damages – Consideration of present value of pension – Police Regulation Act, 1899

Dixon C.J.(1), McTiernan(2), Fullagar(3), Menzies(4) and Windeyer(5) JJ.
(1961) 105 CLR 549, [1961] HCA 14, [1961] ALR 614, 35 ALJR 17
Cited by:
CitedCantwell v Criminal Injuries Compensation Board HL 5-Jul-2001
When calculating the losses suffered by a victim of crime, the allowance to be made for losses to a retirement pension through having to retire early should have set off against them, the benefits received by way of payments for his ill-health, . .
CitedLongden v British Coal Corporation HL 13-Mar-1997
The plaintiff was injured whilst at work in one of the defendant’s collieries. The House considered the deductibility from damages awarded for personal injury of a collateral benefit.
Held: The issue of deductibility where the claim is for . .
CitedParry v Cleaver HL 5-Feb-1969
PI Damages not Reduced for Own Pension
The plaintiff policeman was disabled by the negligence of the defendant and received a disablement pension. Part had been contributed by himself and part by his employer.
Held: The plaintiff’s appeal succeeded. Damages for personal injury were . .
CitedJones v Gleeson 1965
(Australia) When a policeman who had retired retired through injury sought damages for that injury, the pension he received as a result of his retirement was to be ignored entirely: ‘In recent years, however, the relevance or otherwise to the issue . .

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Updated: 31 October 2021; Ref: scu.219831