What is the Newmarch House Coronavirus Class Action about?
The Anglicare Newmarch House is an aged care home in Caddens, Western Sydney and is run by Anglican Community Services. From 18 April 2020 to 18 May 2020, 19 people died through contracting COVID-19 at the Newmarch House.
Shine Lawyers allege the residents of Newmarch house were subject to mismanagement and negligent care of the COVID-19 outbreak in the aged care home.
We are now representing clients who are direct family members of those who died in Newmarch House. Many of our clients are suffering from psychological injuries such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression after watching helplessly as their loved ones endured this neglect throughout the outbreak.
If your direct family has passed away after being exposed to COVID-19 while living at Newmarch House or lived at Newmarch House during the lockdown you may be eligible to join this class action.
Can I join the Newmarch House Coronavirus Class Action?
To be part of this class action you must have:
A direct family member of a person who passed after being exposed to COVID-19 while living at Newmarch House.
A direct family member of a person who passed away as a result of negligent care during the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak at Newmarch House.
If you meet this criteria, you may be entitled to compensation, and you are encouraged to register for the Newmarch House Coronavirus Class Action. To discuss and find out if you are eligible to register, please contact us over the phone or online.
Newmarch House Coronial Inquest
A Coronial Inquest into Newmarch House commenced on 25 July 2022 to investigate a number of issues, including:
Whether the emergency response was appropriate;
The leadership, management and communication from staff to family members was appropriate
An infection prevention procedure and management of appropriate medication for residents was in place
Whether the treatment and management of the residents was appropriate in the circumstances
Whether the deaths in Newmarch House could have been prevented
Shine Lawyers also acknowledges the significant contributions that our clients have made to this inquest. We thank you all for your openness, bravery and courage in drawing a line so these mistakes are learnt from and never repeated. For further information regarding the Newmarch House Coronial Inquest click here.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a class action?
When Governments, large companies or institutions do the wrong thing and people are harmed or suffer loss as a result, an individual can have little to no means of bringing a legal claim.
Class actions are an important mechanism within Australia’s legal system that allow large groups of people to come together to pursue a claim collectively.
For a class action to take place, there are three criteria that need to be met:
There must be 7 or more people that have claims against the same defendant; and
The claims relate to the same or similar circumstances; and
The claim must relate to at least one common issue of law or fact.
For more information about how class actions resolve, click here.
How long do class actions take to resolve?
It can take up to several years for a class action to resolve. The time taken from case commencement through to resolution and settlement administration depends on the particular case, and the nature of the claim.
For more information about class actions and how they work, click here.
Does it cost anything to join a class action?
Shine Lawyers is committed to ensuring that everyone, regardless of their background or financial situation, has access to justice. We run our class actions in a way that means you are not exposed to any costs or financial risk, so joining a class action will cost you nothing.
When a class action is successful, the legal fees and costs to run the class action are deducted from the settlement amount that is approved by the Court. If the class action is unsuccessful, we will ensure there are no out-of-pocket costs to you.
Will my contact details be kept private?
Yes, your contact details will remain confidential and we will seek your consent before disclosing any of your personal information (including before such disclosure is required by the Court).
Shine Lawyers will only use your personal information strictly for the purpose of the legal proceedings.