Daw Park Repatriation Hospital Medical Negligence Compensation Claim Solicitors SA
Australia has the worst record for medical negligence in the developed world. It is estimated that there are over 20,000 fatalities and 50,000 serious injuries caused by erroneous treatment by doctors, nurses and technicians. Although this problem is recognised by the general public only a small percentage of victims take legal action with less than 2,000 new cases every year. Most injuries are as a result of negligent surgery with over a half of all claims resulting from gynaecology and obstetrics. If you have been injured whist receiving treatment at Daw Park Repatriation Hospital our solicitors offer free advice with no further obligation. To speak to a solicitor just call the helpline or complete and send the contact form or email our offices. One of our specialist medical negligence solicitors will discuss your case on the telephone and will advise on liability and the estimated value of your claim there and then.
Negligence & Standard of Care
Liability for medical negligence at Daw Park Repatriation Hospital is determined by comparing the failed treatment with the treatment that is given by reasonably competent healthcare professionals treating patients with similar injuries in a similar location. The fact that the treatment fails when other treatment may have succeeded does not necessarily indicate negligence. In general terms if a substantial body of medical opinion supports the chosen treatment (which must be logical), there will be no finding of negligence if that treatment ultimately fails.
Damages payable in a Daw Park Repatriation Hospital medical negligence compensation claim include the following items :-
- pain & suffering
- disadvantage on the open labour market
- loss of lifestyle and congenial employment
- adapted accommodation
- loss of past & future earnings including pension rights
- adapted transport & travel expenses
- continuing medical expenses
- special care aids, prosthetics & equipment
- care and assistance including household chores
- legal charges
- out of pocket expenses
Time limits apply to all legal action for personal injury damages including Daw Park Repatriation Hospital medical negligence compensation claims. The time limit is often referred to as the 'limitation period'. Failure to comply with the time limits may well mean that the opportunity to claim compensation has been lost forever. Limitation is often a complex legal issue which should not be left to chance. If you have suffered a personal injury as a result of negligence by another person you should seek qualified legal advice as soon as possible. In the case of medical negligence compensation claims time does not start to run until the injury is discovered which may be many years after the treatment. Certain classes of claimant may have the time limits extended particularly minors or the mentally incapacitated.