Medical Negligence Claims Sydney

Have you been injured at the hands of a negligent medical professional? We can help.

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Sydney Medical Negligence Lawyers

It is no surprise to the people of New South Wales that there are significant problems with the public health system.

This has translated into circumstances of inadequate care being provided to patients throughout the New South Wales health system.

Don’t delay! Contact our Medical Negligence Claims Lawyers today.

BPC Lawyers has been at the forefront of medical litigation, representing victims and families of medical negligence and helping them get the compensation they deserve.

Senior partner Courtenay Poulden has been quoted regularly in the media about cases of medical negligence and the compensation to which victims are entitled.

Courtenay has represented many of the families aggrieved by the well-published problems at Campbelltown and Camden Hospitals. Courtenay has also been involved in a series of cases where the quality of mental health care in New South Wales has been questioned. At BPC Lawyers, we regularly appear at coronial inquests for the families of our clients where the result of the negligence has tragically become fatal.

Partner, Kate Henderson specialises in large and complex personal injury claims with considerable experience handling Sydney medical negligence claims against health care providers including public hospitals, private hospitals, and medical practitioners. Kate has a particular interest in birth injury claims and has acted for a number of children suffering cerebral palsy as a result of adverse birth events.

Kate has successfully acted on behalf of many clients suffering catastrophic injuries due to negligence including brain damage, cerebral palsy, paraplegia, quadriplegia and amputated limbs.

Some examples of medical negligence cases include:

  • Failure to recognise and treat emergency medical problems such as appendicitis
  • Discharging patients from hospital too early and without adequate review
  • Failing to properly intubate patients with clear breathing difficulties
  • Delaying treatment to patients with emergency care needs
  • Discharging patients from mental health facilities when they presented a danger to themselves or the community
  • Failing to adequately treat women during pregnancy or labour
  • Surgical errors and inadequate care

Medical negligence cases are complex and require particular expertise.

Our experienced team of Sydney medical negligence lawyers can assist you get the compensation and advice you are entitled to.

For further information, click here to download our guide to Medical Negligence Claims.

Industry Awards

BPC Lawyers is recognised by the Doyles Guide in the area of medical negligence:

Leading Medical Negligence Law Firm (Plaintiff) – 2015, 2016 and 2017;

Courtenay Poulden
Leading Medical Negligence Lawyer (Plaintiff) – Sydney, 2015;
Leading Medical Negligence Compensation Lawyer (Plaintiff) – New South Wales, 2017

Scott Hall-Johnston
Recommended Medical Negligence Lawyer (Plaintiff) – NSW, 2016.

Kate Henderson
Leading Medical Negligence Lawyer (Plaintiff) – Sydney, 2015;
Leading Medical Negligence Lawyer (Plaintiff) – NSW, 2016;
Leading Medical Negligence Compensation Lawyer (Plaintiff) – New South Wales, 2017

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Do Patients still have the ability to sue for Negligence?

Although there are laws that restrict people’s rights to sue medical treatment providers for negligence, the capacity to sue has not been totally removed.  If you can prove that someone has been negligent and that you have suffered damage as a result, then you probably still have a case.  The devil, however, is always in the detail.

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Causes of Medical Negligence

Although there are laws that restrict people’s rights to sue medical treatment providers for negligence, the capacity to sue has not been totally removed.  If you can prove that someone has been negligent and that you have suffered damage as a result, then you probably still have a case.  The devil, however, is always in the detail.

Like any profession or job doctors and other medical professionals can make errors of judgement or neglect to carry out their duties to the required standard. Usually this is not the case and the vast majority of medical practitioners do excellent work every day in our hospitals and clinics. When they do occur, however, incidents of hospital negligence and medical errors are often due to the pressure (and fatigue) of working long hours in what is undoubtedly a stressful environment.

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A. Delayed Diagnosis of Cancer.

Delayed diagnosis of cancer is one of the most common types of delayed diagnosis cases. Unfortunately, this occurs a lot more than it should. When considering suing their doctor for delayed diagnosis of cancer, plaintiffs must consider the fact that they already had cancer when the negligence occurred. It is this very pre-existing cancer which gives rise to the possibility of a case – the cancer was there to be diagnosed, and that opportunity was lost

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Success Story.

Beilby Poulden Costello have played a lead role in a number of matters arising out of the Campbelltown/Camden Hospital failures which it will be recalled resulted in a special commission of inquiry into Campbelltown and Camden Hospitals undertaken by the Health Care Complaints Commission.

We have a number of past clients who have suffered as a result of failures in the South Western Area Health Service. Regrettably in some of the cases this has involved us having to represent the families at Coronial Inquests into tragic deaths which evidence supports were able to be prevented with reasonable care on behalf of the hospitals.

We continue to be involved in important litigation on behalf of individuals and families. Some examples of the types of matters are listed below.

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Eligibility.

What the law seeks to instill among health providers is a standard of reasonable care for the safety of their patients. Aside from the absence of reasonable care, there must also be a showing that:

  • the patient suffered from harm or injury
  • the injury is a direct result of the failure to take reasonable care
  • the injury or harm was foreseeable at the time reasonable care was not exercised
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