Bairnsdale Regional Health Service - Medical Negligence Compensation Claim Solicitor - Victoria
Our Victorian solicitors are accredited specialists in medical negligence law. They have handled many compensation claims involving hospital negligence. Whilst most Australian hospitals provide services of a high standard, medical errors do occur, many of which are the result of serious breaches in duty of care. Negligent medical errors often occur in accident and emergency departments, casualty department, wards, and operating theatres. The consequences of medical error can be devastating to the patient and their family, particularly where there are lifelong injuries and disabilities and associated psychological trauma.
If you have been injured as a result of poor medical treatment or misdiagnosis, you may be eligible for compensation. Our medical negligence compensation claim solicitors can provide advice on your rights regarding poor treatment received at Bairnsdale Hospital, East Gippsland. If you would like free legal advice on whether you are able to make a claim under the No Win No Fee scheme, call our legal team today.
Medical Negligence Compensation
Under the Wrongs Act 1958, the standard of care for professionals such as doctors is the standard of "peer professional opinion". So in the case of a hospital doctor being sued for negligence, independent medical experts (i.e other doctors) determine whether the treatment provided constituted competent professional practice. However, the court has some power to reject peer professional opinion if the court believes that the peer opinion is irrational.
If the standard of treatment that you have received from Bairnsdale Regional Health Service is determined to have been incompetent or below the expected standard of care, the court will then look at whether that incompetent treatment has resulted in injuries that are compensable at law. Compensation may then be awarded against Bairnsdale Regional Health Service to cover things such as loss of income, cost of surgery, medical treatment, attendant care, related out-of-pocket expenses, pain and suffering.
No Win No Fee
Medical negligence law is a very complex area of law. It is recommended that such cases are best handled by accredited legal specialists. Our specialist lawyers handle such compensation claims on a No Win No Fee basis. Generally speaking, you will not be charged your solicitor's professional fees if after thorough investigation, your case is discontinued or lost. If you would like to find out further information on how a No Win No Fee agreement operates, please call our helpline.
Hospital errors may cause or contribute to a patient's untimely death. If you have lost a family member or your partner as a result of surgical or medical negligence, it is important that you speak with a solicitor. Compensation may be available to cover loss of dependency, funeral expenses and counselling that may be needed if you have suffered a psychological injury. Quite often there will also be a coroner's hearing to determine the cause of death. It is highly recommended that you seek legal advice and/or representation at the hearing. Speak with our team today to find out how they can represent your interests at the coroner's inquest, and whether you can take separate legal action under civil law.
As is the case with all personal injury compensation claims, you must act as quickly as possible in commencing legal action. This is because State legislation specifies strict time limits. If you delay in making a claim, your claim may become 'statute-barred' so that you lose your right to compensation. Time limits vary depending on the age of the injured person, whether they were under a mental disability at the time of the negligence, and various other factors. To find out what time limit applies in your situation, you should contact a medical negligence lawyer in Victoria.
Call our obligation-free helpline or send an email for confidential advice from our hospital negligence team.