Goulburn Hospital Medical Negligence Compensation Claim Solicitors - NSW
Australia suffers from the highest incidence of medical negligence in the developed world. There are over 20,000 fatalities and 50,000 serious injuries due to clinical errors every year however only a few thousand people take a solicitors advice with a view to taking legal proceedings for personal injury compensation. Goulburn Hospital New South Wales usually provides a caring service for those being treated however there are times when things do go wrong. Our medical negligence solicitors deal with personal injury claims using the no win no fee scheme. We offer free advice with no further obligation. If you would like to speak to a solicitor about a medical negligence compensation claim against Goulburn Hospital just use the helpline or complete and send the contact form or email our offices. A solicitor will speak to you on the phone and will advise on liability and the value of your potential claim. Time limits apply.
Standard of Care & Negligence
There is no absolute definition in Australian law of the standard of care that must be achieved by healthcare professionals. Doctors, nurses and technicians must reach a reasonable standard of care which is determined by comparison with reasonably competent healthcare practitioners treating patients with a similar illness in a similar location. The fact that a particular treatment fails when other alternative treatment may have succeeded does not necessarily indicate negligence provided that the failed treatment was logical and is supported by a substantial body of medical opinion.
Damages payable in a Goulburn Hospital medical negligence compensation claim include the following items :-
- pain & suffering
- adapted transport & travel expenses
- adapted accommodation
- loss of past & future earnings including pension rights
- disadvantage on the open labour market
- loss of lifestyle and congenial employment
- continuing medical expenses
- special care aids, prosthetics & equipment
- care and assistance including household chores
- out of pocket expenses
- legal charges
The reason for imposing time limits on all personal injury compensation claims including legal action for medical negligence relates to the fact that the participants may be prejudiced because memories fade, witnesses die or cannot be traced, documents become lost and records may be corrupted over time. Failure to comply with the time limits at various stages of litigation may mean that the opportunity to claim compensation is lost forever. If you have been injured as a result of a clinical error you should seek legal advice from a qualified lawyer at the first possible opportunity.