Claims can be made against medical practitioners, nurses and midwives, and allied health professionals.
Legally qualified medical practitioners include general practitioners, general surgeons, medical specialists, psychiatrists and dentists. They are responsible for assessment, diagnosis and treatment of illness and injury. They are required to appropriately refer patients for specialist treatment and to assess patients to determine if they are capable of working. Due to negligence and malpractice, medical practitioners can breach their duty of care across all aspects of their role.
Nurses and midwives and allied health professions can also make errors that result in injury, illness and disability. This situation can also give rise to a negligence action.
Allied health professionals include, but are not limited to, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, podiatrists, occupational therapists, social workers, psychologists, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners, pharmacists, optometrists, medical radiation practitioners, and Chinese medicine practitioners.
If you are uncertain as to whether you have been the victim of medical negligence or malpractice, please contact us for a thorough and attentive consultation.