If you or a family member have become injured or unwell as a result of treatment by a medical practitioner, you may be able to make a claim against them for compensation.

The doctor/patient relationship is well established as one where a 'duty of care' is owed.  Other than doctors, there are a number of healthcare professionals and providers who owe patients a duty of care, including hospitals, nurses, physiotherapists, chiropractors, dentists and nursing homes.

As the treatment of medicine is extremely complex and varied, so too are the circumstances of becoming injured or unwell whilst in care.

Our Medical Negligence lawyers can help with a claim for

  • Medical misdiagnosis 
  • Delayed diagnosis
  • Failure to monitor your condition and/or refer you for specialist consultation 
  • Failure to inform you about your condition and/or risks of surgical procedures
  • Child birth injury
  • Wrongful birth and poor pregnancy management

What are my options?

To make a claim for compensation, we need to prove that:

  • the treatment you received was below the approved standard of care in Australia
  • the negligent treatment you received resulted in your physical or psychological illness.

Your injury/illness will also be assessed to determine whether it is a "Significant Injury".  If we establish that there was negligence and your injury is deemed significant, you can sue for "Damages".  This refers to suing for the "Pain and Suffering" you have endured and will continue to endure; and for the "Economic Loss" of wages and superannuation you would have earnt into the future.

You can also access financial assistance for the medical aids and assistance required now and into the future.


How do I make a Medical Negligence claim?

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Even if you don’t think your injury is serious, we recommend discussing your injury/illness with a lawyer while the details are fresh in your mind.

Your time is important to us, so when you call (03) 9321 9988 during business hours Monday - Friday, your call will be answered by a lawyer.  We will be able to advise you on your potential rights and entitlements, and offer a free face-to-face meeting at an office closest to you.

Legal services are provided on a No Win No Fee basis.

Meet our Medical Negligence lawyers

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Bree Knoester

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Lauren Freeman

Special Counsel

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Special Counsel

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