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Man Receives $450,000 In A Medical Negligence Claim

Case Overview
  • Our client was referred to a local orthopedic surgeon for review following complaints of issues with his left knee.
  • The doctor dismissed our client’s frequent complaints regarding extensive pain after a knee surgery.
  • He had to get another surgery for the knee pain due to the medical negligence of his orthopedic.

Our client was a retiree and was referred by her general practitioner to a local orthopaedic surgeon for review following complaints of issues with his left knee.

The orthopaedic surgeon performed a total knee replacement on our client and dismissed our client’s frequent complaints regarding extensive pain in his left knee following surgery.

Our client experienced left knee oozing for a few weeks after surgery, so a wound swab for culture was taken, revealing a severe growth of staphylococcus aureus infection. The surgeon consequently prescribed our client antibiotics.

A few weeks after the revision surgery, the defendant re-opened the left knee joint and recorded severe, extensive synovitis.

 

The plaintiff was finally admitted for surgery at another hospital and received treatment under a different orthopaedic surgeon who immediately removed our client’s prosthesis as it was infected, inserted a spacer, and excised a great deal of infected tissue and bone. Our client then received treatment by an infectious disease specialist to manage his staph infection and finally underwent a second stage revision left knee replacement surgery under the new surgeon.    

Our Approach

Due to the surgeon’s negligence, our client had an inferior outcome from the surgery, which would not have occurred had the surgeon conducted the original knee replacement surgery in accordance with Australian professional standards and adequately dealt with the Staph infection that arose.

We filed a claim against the surgeon and were successfully able to settle the case for our client which included compensation for general damages and past and future medical expenses.

Our skilled and experienced lawyers at Gerard Malouf & Partners recognise that a person’s world can be turned upside down because of the negligence of medical practitioners. That’s why our lawyers are committed to fighting to achieve the best possible results for our clients. If you have an enquiry about a potential medical negligence claim, please call us on 1800 004 878 and speak to one of our medical negligence lawyers.

The Result

We filed a claim against the surgeon and were successfully able to settle the case for $450,000

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Julie Baqleh

Partner
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If you have been injured or an existing condition has got worse following a medical procedure, or even just a visit to the doctor, then you may have been the victim of medical negligence and you may be eligible to make medical negligence claims against the professional who caused your injury.

If you can first show that you have suffered harm, and secondly, that a medical professional failed in their duty of care towards you then you may be entitled to compensation.

All professionals – including medical professionals – have a duty of care toward their customers. 

Our Medical Negligence lawyers manage cases brought against all forms of medical worker when they show neglect in their duty of care, including doctors, nurses, dentists, hospitals, cosmetic surgeons, chiropractors and physiotherapists

All professionals – including medical professionals – have a duty of care toward their customers. 

Our Medical Negligence lawyers manage cases brought against all forms of medical worker when they show neglect in their duty of care, including doctors, nurses, dentists, hospitals, cosmetic surgeons, chiropractors and physiotherapists

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