Northern Hospital Epping Medical Negligence Compensation Claim Solicitors
Medical negligence causes over 20,000 deaths and 50,000 serious injuries in Australia annually. Only 2,000 people bother to take any action whatsoever which means that tens of thousands of victims do not claim the compensation to which they are entitled. Whilst most patients who are treated at The Northern Hospital in Epping receive a good standard of care there are times when things do go wrong. Our specialist solicitors deal with personal injury compensation claims against The Northern Hospital using the no win no fee scheme. There is no need to fund or finance your claim and compensation is paid in full. If you would like free advice without further obligation on medical negligence compensation claims against the Northern Hospital just call the helpline or complete the contact form or email our offices. A personal injury solicitor will speak to you over the phone and will advise you on liability and will estimate the amount of compensation that you may expect to receive in the event of a successful outcome.
Standard of Care
In order to claim compensation for personal injury caused by clinical error it is necessary to prove negligence against a doctor, nurse or technician. There is no absolute standard against which to compare any healthcare professionals behaviour. Doctors, nurses and technicians are expected to achieve a 'reasonable' standard of care which is determined by comparing questionable care with that of a reasonably competent healthcare professional treating a similar patient in a similar location. The mere fact that the treatment carried out fails does not always indicate negligence. Failed treatment is not negligent if it is logical and is supported by a substantial body of medical opinion even though alternative treatment may have succeeded.
Damages payable in a Northern Hospital Epping medical negligence compensation claim include the following items :-
- pain & suffering
- special care aids, prosthetics & equipment
- care and assistance including household chores
- disadvantage on the open labour market
- loss of lifestyle and congenial employment
- continuing medical expenses
- adapted transport & travel expenses
- loss of past & future earnings including pension rights
- adapted accommodation
- legal charges
- out of pocket expenses
In common with all personal injury compensation claims, applications to a court for damages for medical negligence are governed by a statute of limitation. Time limits are necessary because memories fade, witnesses die or re-locate, documentation is lost or corrupted and there must come a time for everyone to move on. Failure to abide by a time limit usually means that the opportunity to claim compensation is lost forever. If you have been the victim of medical negligence you should contact a qualified solicitor for advice as soon as you become aware of the injury.