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So when medical treatment doesn’t go according to plan it can be traumatic, if not overwhelming. While medical negligence may not play a part in a poor outcome, if an error has been made and an accepted standard of care breached you could be entitled to claim compensation.
At Henry Carus + Associates our focus in these cases is on trying to prove that a health provider – be it a doctor, specialist or hospital – has not done the right thing in respect of their medical treatment of a client. Of course we can’t fix the medical error, but what we can do is seek a successful compensation outcome for the person whose life has been affected.
What Makes A Medical Negligence Claim?
Medical treatment is supposed to improve a patient’s health, but in some cases the opposite happens. Although not every negative medical outcome is a result of medical negligence, some are.
Medical professionals – doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, dentists, surgeons, pharmacists and others, as well as the hospitals, clinics and practices that employ them – owe their patients a duty to provide care that meets the standards of the profession.
When a medical provider makes an error in treatment that falls short of the accepted standard of care and a patient suffers harm because of it, this may amount to medical negligence.
Healthcare providers are not expected to be perfect, and all medical procedures carry a certain degree of risk. Medical negligence goes beyond that. Medical negligence occurs when a provider does something – or fails to do something – that is outside the range of acceptable practices and results in serious patient harm.
Even though all instances of complications or mistakes do not rise to the level of medical negligence, it is never wrong to question an unexpected outcome from a procedure. The experienced legal team at Henry Carus + Associates in Melbourne is prepared to review the facts of your case and provide you with advice about your potential legal options for recovering compensation.
Examples of Medical Negligence
Negligent medical errors take many forms. Some of the most common types include:
- Misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose medical conditions, particularly cancer, heart attacks, strokes, and infections
- Surgical errors, including leaving surgical tools inside the body, operating on the wrong body part or the wrong patient, and severing nerves or blood vessels during an operation
- Inadequate post-operative care
- Failure to properly administer anesthesia or monitor a patient while under an anesthetic
- Mistakes involving the medications, including providing the wrong dose or the wrong medicine to a patient
- Birth injuries such as cerebral palsy or brachial plexus injuries that could have been avoided with proper care during labor and delivery
- Emergency room errors
- Failure to order proper tests, miscommunication of test results, and other lab errors
- Mistakes made by general practitioners, including failure to refer a patient to a specialist
- Failure to obtain informed consent for a medical procedure
Benefits Available To Medical Negligence Victims In Victoria
Victims of medical negligence in Victoria may be entitled to recover compensation for a range of losses, such as:
- Payment of medical bills and other expenses related to the treatment of the injury caused by the medical negligence, both past and future
- Replacement of lost wages due to the injury, both past and future
- Payment for assistive devices like wheelchairs and prosthetics, and modifications to the home and vehicle made necessary by the injury caused by medical negligence
- Payment of the cost to hire in-home assistance such as nurses, gardeners, and cooks
- Compensation for reduced life expectancy
- Compensation for pain, suffering, and emotional distress
In most cases, compensation for losses due to medical negligence will be paid by the responsible party’s Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII).
Why Choose Henry Carus + Associates?
At Henry Carus + Associates, we are all about detail. And under the leadership of our highly experienced lawyer, Wendy Kleyn, our medical negligence claims usually involve the following:
- Collating of all relevant medical histories and records.
- Documenting of all relevant events over time.
- Focusing on the perceived errors that the claim is based on.
- Locating appropriate experts to comment on the medical evidence.
- Countering any defence arguments to the contrary.
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