Medical Negligence

Have you been injured, or been made sick or disabled, or had an illness made worse, because of medical negligence or medical malpractice? Has your health suffered because of a mistake made by a medical practitioner? Have you been in pain or unable to work or live a normal life?

If you have been the victim of a medical practitioner’s negligence or malpractice, you can seek compensation. Doctors, nurses and other medical practitioners are meant to provide you with world-class medical care, not cause you harm.

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Medical Negligence Compensation

In Australia, we are lucky to have good healthcare. We trust our doctors, dentists, midwives, nurses and therapists to provide the best possible medical care. However, under pressure, because of stress or overwork, they can make mistakes. Medical errors could injure you or cause you pain or disability; the illness or injuries you have could get worse; sometimes you might be prevented from working or living a normal life.

Not all injuries, disabilities or bad outcomes are caused by medical negligence: sometimes doctors or therapists can’t prevent an illness or an injury. But in case of negligence, all medical practitioners – like doctors, nurses, dentists, midwives, hospitals, nursing homes, medical centres, clinics, GPs, physiotherapists, chiropractors – have insurance. If you are injured because of medical negligence or malpractice, you can seek compensation. Wyatts Compensation and Medical Malpractice Lawyers can help you with medical negligence claims to help you recover quality of life.

At Wyatts our team has more than 50 years of combined experience in personal injury compensation, including for cases of injury caused by medical negligence or malpractice. Our staff includes an accredited specialist in personal injury law. We will fight for your rights and can help seek the compensation you deserve. Call us today on 1800 773 880 or book an appointment.

What is Medical Negligence or Malpractice?

Medical institutions and practitioners – doctors, nurses, midwives, dentists, medical centres, physiotherapists, chiropractors, hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, medical centres, GPs – have a duty of care. The law requires them to offer the best level of care, which they do in most cases. But sometimes a practitioner might fail in their duty of care because of negligence or malpractice, making an error or ignoring something that then injures or disables you, or makes your illness worse. Legally, you are entitled to claim compensation for the effects negligence or malpractice has on your life.

While our medical professionals try to avoid errors, there are many ways in which negligence or malpractice can happen:

  • Failure to treat an injury, illness or disability
  • Mistaken diagnosis – treatment is given for the wrong illness or injury, or an illness or injury is ignored
  • Failure to warn a patient about the effects of an injury, illness or therapy
  • Inappropriate dosage or use of medication, or incorrect use of anaesthetic
  • Errors, malpractice or negligence in surgery
  • Faulty technology, products or equipment, including non-sterile surgical tools
  • Errors, malpractice or negligence in cases involving pregnancy and childbirth; injury to babies, or disability caused by injury

Medical negligence or malpractice can have lifelong consequences for injured or disabled victims – and victims’ families. In some cases an injured victim may need lifelong 24/7 care, but the long-term costs for less serious injuries, illnesses or disability can also be high.

If I have suffered injury, illness or disability because of Medical Negligence or Malpractice, what can I claim compensation for?

Compensation for medical negligence and malpractice injuries takes many forms. Payouts can be made in lump sums or weekly instalments, for a range of reasons:

  • Pain, suffering and disability – this compensation is often paid as a lump sum
  • Loss of earnings, if your injury, illness or disability prevents you from working
  • Costs for medical treatment and ongoing care
  • Equipment (hoists, wheelchairs, special beds) and changes in living conditions (ramps in your home, moving house)
  • Legal costs

If you have suffered pain, disability or illness because of medical negligence or malpractice, you could be facing long-term problems. You should get a second medical opinion as soon as possible, but later you may also need legal advice. Our team at Wyatts is highly experienced in personal injury law. We will listen to your case and offer you the best legal advice possible. Call Wyatts today on 1800 773 880 or book an appointment – we can help you file a medical negligence claim.

How long will my Medical Negligence or Malpractice compensation case take?

Every state and territory places time limits on compensation cases for injuries, illnesses or disability caused by medical negligence or malpractice. Normally, you need to make your claim within 3 years of the day that medical malpractice or negligence caused your injury or disability or worsened your illness.

Medical negligence and malpractice cases are often complex. They often go to court or into mediation and involve a lot of evidence and opinions from independent expert witnesses. The whole process can take up to 3 years. However, medical negligence compensation payouts are often very large and can cover your legal costs. At Wyatts, we are highly experienced in medical negligence cases and can keep your legal costs down while securing maximum payouts, so with us supporting your compensation claim, the wait will be worth it.

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