Medical negligence (also known as medical malpractice) is the failure from a health-care provider, including GPs, dentists and specialists, to treat you with reasonable skill and care, causing you an injury as a result.
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The law surrounding medical treatment is becoming more and more complicated, as medical science and technology evolves and advances. Sometimes, even the best medical treatment cannot prevent illness or injury. Likewise, a bad experience with a doctor may not be the cause of an injury.
However, if a health-care provider causes you an injury while in their care, you may be able to make a claim. Also in some circumstances, medical treatment can give rise to legal issues other than medical malpractice.
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Medical negligence covers a wide range of issues, including:
Making a medical negligence claim
Medical negligence is a particularly complex area of law and any potential claim must be investigated thoroughly. To avoid losing your right to sue for damages, you and your medical negligence lawyer must act quickly.
Time limits apply on your right to make a claim, which vary between states and territories. If you think you may have a claim or you have an enquiry about the treatment you have received get in touch with us.
To obtain medical compensation, we must be able to prove the following:
Your health-care provider was negligent:
Negligence is a specific legal concept determined by reasonable care; not every failure or error made by a health-care provider will be negligent.
The medical malpractice led to your injury:
We must then show that the treatment caused or contributed to your injuries.
Your injuries are significant and related:
You can only be compensated for injuries and losses that result from the negligent treatment. The injury thresholds you have to meet before you can make a claim vary from state to state. You may also be able to make a claim if a health-care provider failed to advise you on the possible unfavourable outcome of a proposed treatment.
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Our Australia-wide team of medical lawyers can help in handling a wide range of medical malpractice claims. We offer not only expert advice about medical negligence claims, but are able to assist with general and urgent enquiries about you or your family’s treatment rights.