A man believes a doctor could be partly to blame for the death of his wife, according to a report by the Herald Sun on May 21.
The spouse of the elderly man passed away in 2008 of bowel cancer. She was diagnosed in 2007 but by then the disease had spread and extensive treatment could not provide a cure.
Her doctor is being accused of not noticing it earlier – she had come in for check-ups presenting bowel cancer symptoms as early as 2005, her husband told the Sun.
He has now taken his complaint up with the Medical Board of Australia.
A medical negligence case is also underway in Western Australia. A young woman in Perth believes that staff from the King Edward Memorial Hospital may be responsible for her five-year-old son’s cerebral palsy, developmental delay and epilepsy.
In a detailed article in the West Australian published on May 25, the woman said staff neglected to adequately keep an eye over her when she was admitted to hospital for bleeding at week 35 of her pregnancy term.
This incident happened in 2006 but the 25-year-old woman is yet to receive any compensation.
If you or anyone in your family feels as though they are a victim of medical negligence, it is important to realise that you are not alone or helpless – there are experts trained specifically to provide you with advice and support when seeking legal action.
Some other examples of medical negligence include the failure to warn a patient about possible dangers in surgical operations and the failure to correctly diagnose an illness.
These are labelled a breach of the duty of care. If you have sustained an injury as a result of their negligence then you may be entitled to seek compensation.
It’s better to be safe than sorry and consulting a lawyer for advice doesn’t have to be costly. There are experienced compensation lawyers in Sydney that operate on a no win no fee basis, meaning that you do not have to pay unless they are successful in the case.
Often getting a monetary reimbursement is very important to victims, not just because of the trauma they have experienced, but because living with an injury can make it difficult to work and lead a normal lifestyle.
Compensation can therefore cover categories including loss of wages and the cost of medical care.