Sunshine Hospital Medical Negligence Compensation Claim Solicitors - VIC
There are more annual incidents of medical negligence in Australia than in any other country in the developed world. There are approximately 20,000 fatalities and 50,000 serious injuries attributed to clinical errors every year. Notwithstanding these figures less than 2,000 people start a medical negligence compensation claim in Australia every year. Sunshine Hospital in St Albans, Victoria usually provides a caring service for patients however there are times when things go wrong. If you have suffered injury as a result of a clinical error whilst being treated at Sunshine Hospital you should take legal advice as soon as possible. To speak to a qualified solicitor about a medical negligence compensation claim using the no win no fee scheme please call the helpline or complete and send the contact form or email our offices. Our lawyers will advise you on the liability of Sunshine Hospital and will estimate the amount of compensation that you may expect in the event of a successful outcome.
Standard of Care
There is no statutory standard of care outlined in Australian legislation. Negligence is defined as a failure to achieve a 'reasonable' standard of care when compared to other competent healthcare practitioners treating similar patients in a similar location. The fact that treatment fails does not necessarily imply negligence, even if alternative treatment may have succeeded, provided that the failed treatment was logical and was supported by a substantial body of medical opinion.
Damages payable in a Women's & Children's Hospital Adelaide medical negligence compensation claim include the following items :-
- pain & suffering
- loss of lifestyle and congenial employment
- continuing medical expenses
- adapted transport & travel expenses
- special care aids, prosthetics & equipment
- care and assistance including household chores
- disadvantage on the open labour market
- loss of past & future earnings including pension rights
- adapted accommodation
- legal charges
- out of pocket expenses
All personal injury litigation is the subject of time limits. The reason for this is that memories fade, witness die or move location and become untraceable, documents are lost and records become corrupted. Failure to abide by the time limits often means that the opportunity to claim compensation is lost forever. It is very important that you contact a qualified lawyer for advice on limitation as soon as possible after you discover your injury.