- Failure to provide preventative or proactive treatment to avoid a worsening condition
- Delays in investigating, diagnosing or treating a medical condition
- Failure to provide an appropriate referral to a specialist or other professionals
- Failure to convey test results to allow for treatment of a condition or injury
- An incorrect reporting of a test, investigation or result
- Any surgical error
- Failure to advise or warn about the risks of a procedure or advise about the availability of an alternative treatment
- Birth trauma or a birth injury claim and
- A dependency or nervous shock claim made by family or dependants of a patient who has died due to medical malpractice.
How successful are medical negligence claims?
In order for a medical negligence claim to be successful, it must be shown that a practitioner has acted or administered their services in a way that would not be considered competent or professional. As a patient, your medical practitioner/s have a duty of care.
When this duty of care has been breached and the result is pain, injury or loss as a result of that breach, then you may have a successful claim for compensation against that practitioner.
What can I claim compensation for?
The compensation you claim for may include the pain and suffering which you have endured, medical costs resulting from additional treatment required after your procedure, loss of your income if you were not able to work after the procedure and additional travel and home care expenses which have resulted from the event or procedure you have undergone. Your lawyer can help you to formulate a full account of your expenses and which kind of expenses will qualify as part of your compensation case.
How long do I have to make a claim?
There is a 3-year time limit for pursuing a medical negligence claim. After this period, your right to make a claim expires (although extensions can sometimes be granted by the court in limited circumstances).
What’s involved in the investigation?
Medical negligence claims are generally very complex and often require a six to twelve month investigation period to obtain medical evidence to support the claim before filing it in court. This investigation stage involves meeting with you, getting your medical records, taking a statement from you, obtaining an expert opinion from specialist doctors and reporting to you with our advice on whether you have a viable claim.
It is helpful to keep records of your medical appointments/investigations/surgeries and to keep records of your ongoing costs or losses, including receipts for all out-of-pocket expenses, any time off work and any help you may have needed at home.
Our team at Gordon Legal also draw on the assistance of medical experts who can help review your case and provide independent analysis which will help to strengthen your claim.
Will I have to go to court?
It is quite common for these types of medical compensation claims to be settled outside of court.
We will usually negotiate directly with a medical insurer for a lump sum payout which covers your costs and damages. This way, there is no appearance before a judge and your lawyer is able to arrange the terms of your settlement either on your behalf, or by advising you.
If your claim does go to court it can take between 18 months to three or more years to be finalised, depending on the complexity of the claim and whether the injuries have stabilised enough to be assessed.
Our expert lawyers will run your claim as quickly as possible to allow you to move on with your life. This includes making all reasonable attempts to resolve your case out of court in a timely manner where possible.
If you think you may have a claim, contact one of our lawyers today on 1300 57 25 18.