Bega District Hospital Medical Negligence Compensation Claim Solicitors
According to the World Health Organisation the highest incidence of medical negligence in the developed world occurs in Australia. More than 18,000 people die every year as a result of preventable errors in Australian hospitals and clinics which represents a figure of about 50 fatalities every single day. In addition over 50,000 people suffer from permanent injury every year due to hospital malpractice and a further 80,000 individuals are hospitalised annually as a result of clinical errors. Only a small minority of the victims of medical negligence make a claim for compensation for personal injury. If you have been injured as a result of a clinical accident by a healthcare professional including a doctor, dentist, nurse or technician at Bega Bistrict Hospital and would like to speak to a medical negligence solicitor without further obligation, just use the helpline or send the contact form or email our offices. A medical negligence lawyer who deals exclusively in personal injury claims will speak to you, giving free advice and information on how best to preserve your legal right to receive compensation as a result of injuries caused by medical negligence at Bega Bistrict Hospital.
Hospitals generally provide a caring service for their patients however sometimes things do go wrong and a patient may end up suffering from a serious personal injury as a result of medical negligence. Our specialist medical negligence solicitors will give advice at no charge on potential claims against Bega Bistrict Hospital with no further obligation. Whether or not Bega Bistrict Hospital has been negligent may be a difficult question to answer. Just because treatment fails, it does not necessarily indicate medical negligence if a substantial body of the medical profession would have supported that particular failed treatment. A healthcare practitioner will only be adjudged to have been negligent if the standard of skill and care was below that of a reasonably competent healthcare practitioner facing a similar problem.
Compensation that is awarded is intended to put the injured person back into the position that they would have been in had the accident not occurred. This means that an award is made for pain and suffering and all other reasonably incurred losses including past and future wages and loss of lifestyle. The amount of the award for pain and suffering is determined by the extent of the injury, the recovery period and any residual disabilities.
There are very strict time limits applicable to legal action for personal injury compensation which is referred to as 'limitation' or sometimes as the 'statute of limitations'. What it means is that if the limitation period is exceeded then the opportunity for claiming compensation is often lost forever. To comply with limitation it is necessary to either settle the claim or to issue legal proceedings within 3 years of the injury being discovered. There are exceptions for minors and for the mentally handicapped.