Skelton v Collins; 7 Mar 1966

References: (1966) 115 CLR 94, [1966] HCA 14
Links: Austlii
Coram: Kitto, Taylor, Menzies, Windeyer and Owen JJ
(High Court of Australia) Damages – Personal Injuries – Loss of earning capacity – Loss of expectation of life – Loss of amenities during reduced life span – Pain and suffering – Plaintiff rendered permanently unconscious by injuries – Basis of assessment.
Precedent – Decisions of House of Lords – Applicability – High Court – Other Australian courts.
This case is cited by:

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