Womens Childrens Hospital Adelaide Medical Negligence Compensation Claim Solicitors
Medical negligence is a major problem in Australia which has the highest rate of erroneous treatment in the world. It is estimated that as many as 20,000 deaths are caused each year by clinical errors together with more than a quarter of a million people who are harmed in any given year of which 50,000 victims suffer from serious injury. Only a few per cent of those entitled to receive compensation seek legal advice from a medical negligence solicitor which results in less than 2,000 new compensation claims each year. Most of the serious injuries caused by poor treatment occur in surgery with obstetrics and gynaecology accounting for 50% of all new medical negligence compensation claims. If you have been injured as a result of wrongful treatment at the Women's & Children's Hospital in Adelaide our medical malpractice lawyers offer free advice on no win no fee compensation claims without further obligation. To contact a solicitor just use the helpline or complete the contact form or email our offices. We will call you and take brief details before advising on liability and estimating the value of your claim.
Doctors, nurses and technicians in the Women's & Children's Hospital in Adelaide are required to treat patients with a reasonable degree of skill and care. There is no absolute definition of what amounts to a reasonable standard of care which is determined by comparing the allegedly wrongful behaviour which resulted in personal injury with the conduct of other reasonably competent healthcare professional that treat patients suffering from a similar illness in a similar location. It is worth mentioning that the fact that failed treatment does not necessarily imply negligence even though other alternative treatment may have succeeded. 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 Women's & Children's Hospital Adelaide medical negligence compensation claim include the following items :-
- pain & suffering
- loss of lifestyle and congenial employment
- disadvantage on the open labour market
- loss of past & future earnings including pension rights
- continuing medical expenses
- adapted transport & travel expenses
- special care aids, prosthetics & equipment
- care and assistance including household chores
- adapted accommodation
- legal charges
- out of pocket expenses
There are time limits that apply to medical malpractice compensation claims. In general terms, failure to abide by a time limit usually means that the opportunity to receive compensation is lost forever. Limitation is a complex and confusing legal issue. If you need free advice from a lawyer on this matter, just make contact with us. It is important that you take qualified legal advice as soon as possible after you have discovered your injury in order to preserve your legal right to receive compensation.