Salvatore Alvaro

Salvatore Alvaro

Principal Insurance | Adelaide
08 8115 9700 salvaro@mcw.com.au Download vCard

Salvatore practises extensively in the area of CTP insurance litigation. 

For over 10 years he has specialised in defending general, catastrophic injury, fraud and complex claims. He is actively involved in the ongoing management, litigation and resolution of these claims. Salvatore also has experience in the fields of medical negligence, general insurance and liquor licensing.

He is recognised for his commitment to provide pragmatic advice and deliver results.

Preeminent Compulsory Third Party Insurance Lawyer
Doyles Guide, 2016

Salvatore's Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), University of Adelaide
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Adelaide
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Law Society of South Australia
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of South Australia

Salvatore's Expertise

  • CTP insurance
  • Catastrophic CTP injury claims
  • CTP fraud claims
  • Complex CTP claims
  • Medical negligence
  • Liquor licensing

Salvatore's Leadership

  • Member, Accident Compensation Committee
  • Member, Crash Committee South Australia
  • Member, Law Society of South Australia

Salvatore's Recent Experience

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

CTP motor vehicle insurance - common law

Work Undertaken

Bramberger v Doecke [2008] SADC 52 - Delay in complaint of medical injuries and degree to which pre-existing vulnerability was exacerbated by accident. The egg-shell skull principles were discussed.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

CTP motor vehicle insurance - common law

Work Undertaken

Chugha & Anor v Jansen [2009] SADC 84 - Dealing with pre-existing medical conditions which were asymptomatic prior to the accident and how to assess. Plaintiff’s evidence was unreliable but the court accepted evidence of other witnesses.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

CTP motor vehicle insurance - common law

Work Undertaken

Giamarelos v Motor Accident Commission - Minor impact claim and whether injuries could have been sustained as a result of collision. Whether plaintiff satisfied burden of proof. 

Giamarelos v Motor Accident Commission [2013] SASC 138 - Appeal of original decision in the Magistrates Court. Whether award of damages insufficient and whether trial Magistrate biased in hearing of matter. Discussion regarding powers of appeal court and whether findings of credibility can be made by appeal court and what amounts to an apprehension of bias.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

CTP motor vehicle insurance - common law

Work Undertaken

Seekamp v Nominal Defendant [2008] SASC 320 - Whether trial judge adequately considered evidence led at trial as to what caused appellant’s injury. Whether trial judge is required to consider possible other explanations for injuries alleged that were not part of the appellant’s case at trial.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

CTP motor vehicle insurance - common law

Work Undertaken

Jukic v Motor Accident Commission  - Investigations suggested the plaintiff was a fraud on the basis he was not a passenger as alleged and was in fact the driver. The plaintiff ultimately consented to orders that the claim be dismissed. 

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Medical Negligence

Work Undertaken

Claim against the Flinders Medical Centre and treating doctors following the birth of a child with cerebral palsy in the 1980’s. Complex case  involving standard of care reasonable at the time, causation of injury and the reasonable administration of drugs and other methods to induce labour.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Medical Negligence

Work Undertaken

A complex claim involving a mother who was involved in a motor vehicle collision when 9 months pregnant. Mother taken to hospital following collision and gave birth at the hospital. Child born with cerebral palsy and litigation ensued as to what was the cause of the infant’s injury – natural causes, MVA trauma or medical negligence on behalf of the hospital.

Salvatore's recent publications

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  1. Driving Blind Not Recommended

    05 Sep 2018

    Kruse v Clare & Gilbert Valley Council [2018] SADC 78 Driving on unsealed roads presents a number of perils and dangers not commonly seen on city roads. Brenton Kruse was aware of those perils however still was unable to save himself from injury when...

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  2. Economic Loss – When Approximates Are Close Enough

    09 Aug 2018

    Hornsby Shire Council v Oberlechner [2017] NSWCA 205 Background On Saturday 29 January 2011, Mr Oberlechner took his two dogs for a walk as he often used to in the evenings. He walked along the southeastern side of Cairnes Road in Glenorie. That side of...

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  3. How to Assess an Injury Scale Value

    09 May 2018

    The ISV Since the inception of the Injury Scale Value (‘ISV’) into the assessment of general damages in compulsory third party (‘CTP’) claims in South Australia, there has been much discussion regarding how it will work in practice...

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