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The Waterfall train disaster



17 June 2010

Professor Barbara McDonald says the High Court decision to award compensation to two former policemen who rescued survivors of the 2003 Waterfall train disaster is a significant judgement.

In an article in today's Sydney Morning Herald, Professor McDonald says the decision "brings down a hurdle" for all rescuers who suffered mental harm.

The High Court took an ''absolute commonsense'' approach to legislation which had prevented rescue workers or members of the public who encountered the aftermath of an accident from recovering damages for psychological injury, she asserts.

''We're all dependent on professional rescuers to come to our assistance...so it's right that they should be looked after if they suffer as a result.''

View the entire article - Court victory for two Waterfall policemen - Sydney Morning Herald

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