Our deepest sympathies go to the families who lost babies due to inadequate care at the Bacchus Marsh and Melton Regional hospital in recent years.
Our experience with such families is that their loss is profound and their lives will never be the same again. They are wanting answers as to what went wrong and have little interest in compensation. They know that no money will make up for what they have lost.
Sadly the Coroner cannot investigate stillbirths. It is only if the baby takes a breath that the jurisdiction of the Coroner is activated. This means a damages claim, issued in the County or Supreme Court, is the only way a stillbirth loss can be considered by the courts. The litigation steps along the way, at least in part, make the doctor or hospital accountable for the care provided. For our clients, that can give some comfort. Further, there is the eternal hope that lessons will be learnt from being brought to account through litigation so that it never happens to another family again.