Central Coast mother receives $70,000.00 compensation from Central Coast Hospital after witnessing injuries to her daughter
Published 22 Dec 2016
This matter involved a central coast mother who suffered psychiatric injuries as a result of witnessing injuries, surgeries, pain and trauma to her daughter. These proceedings following proceedings commenced on behalf of her daughter which settled for in excess of $500,000.00.
In this case, our client had suffered a psychiatric injury after her daughter, who had fell at home, was misdiagnosed by her local hospital. This misdiagnosis ultimately led this family through a series of invasive and traumatic operations to ensure our client’s daughters arm could be most appropriately repaired. After witnessing her daughter in this condition, day in and day out, our client began to suffer psychiatric injury.
Our client is a loving mother who dedicated herself to ensuring her daughters recovery. She began to feel powerless in this process and continually witnessed her daughter suffering as a result of her injuries.
She approached Gerard Malouf and Partners where Christine Beshay, an accredited specialist, took carriage of her matter after assisting in settling her daughters claim. Mrs Beshay decided to approach the case from the basis that through the negligence of the hospital, our clients daughter had suffered a serious injury, through witnessing this serious injury for a prolonged period of time, our client had understandably suffered psychologically. This is known as proceedings in nervous shock.
In an attempt to resolve these proceedings rapidly, Mrs Beshay urgently obtained all relevant evidence and the opinion of a highly regarded, expert psychiatrist. She also briefed an expert barrister, specialising in matters such as these and arranged an informal settlement conference.
During this informal settlement conference, Mrs Beshay negotiated a settlement of around $70,000.00 for our client. Our client is very satisfied with these results and thanked Christine and her team for their efforts for taking on his matter and settling it so quickly.
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