Sydney woman receives $260,000 compensation after hernia repair operation goes wrong in hospital

Published 01 May 2018

In this matter, our client became aware that she had formed a hernia in her stomach which was causing her discomfort. As is standard, she sought medical treatment at a southern Sydney hospital to have this hernia repaired with a simple surgery involving the incision of mesh to treat the hernia.  

During this standard operation, our client’s bowels were damaged as they came into contact with the mesh that was implanted inside her. This accident by her treating surgeon caused immense damage to our client, resulting in her developing severe sepsis. By contracting this deadly condition, she had to go through 6 further operations to manage her infection and health.

Naturally, going through this ordeal took a huge emotional toll on our client who developed depression and anxiety from her long and traumatic experience at Hospital.

Our client came to Gerard Malouf and Partners to determine whether medical negligence had occurred during this distressing experience and seek compensation.  

Experienced medical negligence solicitor, Keegan Behrens took on this case along with his team of highly experienced compensation lawyers at Gerard Malouf and Partners.  This complex case required a thorough medical investigation as well as a legal team that was confident to argue multifaceted elements of medical negligence.  

The firm accepted the matter on a no-win, no-fee basis, which meant that the client did not have to pay any upfront costs, including the costs for medical evidence, which the client needed in order to bring the claim. Medical Negligence Lawyer Keegan Behrens sought the expert opinion of a surgeon, as well as the opinion of an expert psychologist who advised us of the damages suffered and the breaches in reasonable clinical practice.

With the evidence our client needed, Gerard Malouf and Partners filed the claim in the District Court of NSW, arguing that the Hospital had been negligent in their care of our client. 

Together with his team of lawyers and an expert barrister, medical negligence lawyer Keegan Behrens negotiated a settlement of $260,000.00 which the client was satisfied with.

Patients need to be informed of the risks of procedures and to be provided with due care and skill. If you believe that you have not been receiving competent clinical practice, call Gerard Malouf and Partners on 1800 004 878 and ask to speak with one of our experienced medical negligence lawyers. Time limits apply in medical negligence claims, so call today.