Medical Negligence & Malpractice Lawyer Gold Coast
Claims against medical practitioners (doctors and hospitals) are usually complex. Regularly investigations are required before definitive advice can be provided on prospects of success, although sometimes the liability of the medical practitioner is obvious. Strict time periods apply to these claims and it is important to act promptly and seek advice from an experienced medical negligence lawyer.
Experience in this type of matter is important. Knowing which medical experts to approach to be able to secure independent expert reports on the actions of a respondent doctor is vital. Without these connections it can be difficult to secure the necessary evidence for a successful medical negligence claim. Through years of experience with medical compensation claims we have these connections. We understand claims against medical practitioners are usually of a very private nature. We will support you, guide you and handle your claim with sensitivity.
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Call our Gold Coast office now on 07 5598 3266 to speak directly to a Medical Malpractice Lawyer for a free case assessment or click on the “enquire now” tab on the right-hand side of this page and we will be delighted to help you.
Frequently Asked Questions
I am worried about taking on an insurance company. Should I do it?
There is no doubt insurance companies are well resourced to defend proceedings if they wish to do so. However notwithstanding the size of insurance companies, they are in the end corporate citizens who have to assess the viability of any claim made against them and make a sensible commercial decision. If they believe the claim is worthy, there is no reason why they will not resolve the claim at an early stage without forcing you to proceed to a trial. The important thing for you to consider is whether you have good prospects of success or not. An initial appraisal of your case and advice on whether you have good prospects of pursuing a claim will always be provided by the solicitors at this firm. You will be advised of the risks of pursuing any claim.
Will I be suing my doctor and will he/she have to personally pay for any damages?
Medical practitioners are required to hold professional indemnity insurance. Claims made against them will be referred to their insurers who deal with the claims themselves. The only liability to the medical practitioner would be an excess payable under his or her insurance policy.
How do I know if I have a good claim?
We will assess your case in our first interview. If we advise you that you have low chances of success and you do not wish to pursue the matter any further, there will be no charge to you. Sometimes with medical negligence matters, it is necessary to get a report from an independent medical practitioner commenting upon the services provided by the doctor you wish to pursue. Until this report is obtained it is sometimes not possible to appropriately advise you on whether you have good chances of success or not as the issues involved are often extremely technical. We have been involved in many medical negligence claims and have a good “feel” for matters, however all matters need to be carefully investigated.
What damages can I recover?
There are numerous heads of damage which need to be considered with every claim. If the doctor is negligent you will be able to recover general damages for pain and suffering, out-of-pocket expenses, economic loss, future procedures needed and in some instances the commercial value of family members and friends providing gratuitous domestic services for you whilst you are injured. There are other heads of damage, however these needs to be considered on a case by case basis.