Carroll v United Super Pty Ltd  NSWSC 403. Slattery J. 4.4.18
- 04 Apr 2018
INSURANCE – General – total and permanent disablement – plaintiff/insured self-employed in the building and construction industry – plaintiff suffers hip disability and ceases work in March 2012 – plaintiff a member of an industry superannuation fund – first defendant is a trustee of the fund – first defendant takes out a policy of insurance for the benefit of members of the fund with the second defendant insurer – plaintiff claims he is totally and permanently disabled after being off work for three months and entitled to a benefit for the same – the first and second defendants decline the plaintiff’s claim on various dates between June 2013 and April 2014 – identification of the duties applicable to each of the first and second defendants in making their decisions to decline the plaintiff’s claim – whether the first defendant trustee failed to act in good faith on a real and genuine consideration of the material before it – whether the second defendant insurer acted with the utmost good faith in dealing with the plaintiff’s claim and reasonably in forming an opinion as to whether the plaintiff qualified as totally and permanently disabled under the policy – whether the defendants’ respective decisions can be set aside – whether the Court should itself determine whether the plaintiff is totally and permanently disabled under the policy – whether the plaintiff was “unlikely to ever to be able to engage in any regular remuneration work for which he is suited by education training or experience”.