How can I afford to make a medical negligence claim?

Published 25 May 2018

Medical negligence across Australia is somewhat rare. Incidents in which a hospital system or process results in death or serious harm to a patient are called 'sentinel events'.

A previous article of ours found that between 2010 and 2015, NSW has 50 reported incidents, Queensland has 47 reported incidents, Victoria has 19 reported incidents, and Tasmania has none.

However, the average household in Australia earns roughly $1,009 per week, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which might make victims of medical negligence feel as if they cannot afford to make a claim. Regardless of how infrequently they occur, if you have experienced a case of medical negligence you are still entitled to a claim - here's how you can pursue it.

No win no fee lawyers

Pursuing a rightful claim should not put you out of pocket - if you need legal advice, working with a no win no fee lawyer means you will only pay if your claim is successful. That means there is no risk of losing money if you lose your claim or if you decide not to go ahead with the claim.

At Gerard Malouf and Partners No Win No Fee Lawyers, we estimate that only 70 per cent of people who have a claim actually pursue it. However, with a no win no fee lawyer, there is no reason not to.

Your first consultation is free

If you're unsure about the standing of your claim, we're happy to talk with potential clients over the phone to provide you with initial advice.

We are able to put forth the no win no fee model because we are confident in the advice and action we provide our clients. That's why we also provide you with a free first consultation. In this initial consultation, we will advise you as to whether or not we think your case will be successful. If we don't think it will be successful, we'll inform you - whether or not you decide to proceed, you will still not be charged until you win.

If you do win, Australian law says we can only charge you by the hour for our time, which means we won't take a percentage of the settlement. We can give you an estimate of how much you will have to pay should you win, so you can decide if you want to move forward or not.

All of this means you will be able to afford to make a medical negligence claim. If you don't have the money upfront, you will after you win your claim. Contact Gerard Malouf and Partners Compensation Lawyers on 1800 004 878 and schedule an appointment with our expert staff.