Sutherland Hospital Medical Negligence Compensation Claim Solicitors
Australia has over 20,000 fatalities and 50,000 serious injuries caused by medical negligence every year. Sutherland Hospital in Sydney generally provides a caring service to their patients however there are times when things go wrong as a result of clinical mistakes. If you have suffered personal injury as a result of erroneous treatment by Sutherland Hospital you may be able to claim compensation for personal injury caused by medical negligence. If you would like free advice, without further obligation, on no win no fee compensation claims against Sutherland hospital just call the helpline or complete the contact form or email our offices. A qualified solicitor who specialises in medical negligence compensation claims will speak to you on the phone to advise on the liability of Sutherland Hospital and will estimate the award of damages that you might expect in the event of a successful outcome.
There is no statutory definition of negligence in Australian law and there are no guidelines for the required standard of care for patients. Whether or not a doctor, nurse or technician is negligent is determined by comparing questionable treatment by a healthcare practitioner with the care provided by a reasonably competent healthcare practitioner treating patients with a similar illness in a similar location. The fact that treatment may fail does not necessarily mean the treatment is negligent even though alternative treatment may have succeeded provided that the failed treatment was logical and is supported by a substantial body of medical opinion.
Damages payable in a Sutherland Hospital medical negligence compensation claim include the following items :-
- pain & suffering
- out of pocket expenses
- disadvantage on the open labour market
- loss of lifestyle and congenial employment
- continuing medical expenses
- loss of past & future earnings including pension rights
- legal charges
- special care aids, prosthetics & equipment
- adapted accommodation
- adapted transport & travel expenses
- care and assistance including household chores
Personal injury litigation is subject to time limits. The effect of missing a time limit often means that the opportunity to claim compensation is lost forever. There are many reasons for this including the fact that memories fade, witnesses die or relocate and cannot be traced, documents are lost or misplaced and computer records are deleted or become corrupted. In addition it is a reasonable expectation that potential defendants are allowed to move on in their lives after a sensible period of time has passed. If you believe that you have been injured as a result of a clinical error you should contact a specialist lawyer for advice as soon as possible after you have discovered the injury.