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Sydney Woman Compensated $300K in a Medical Negligence Claim Against GP

Case Overview
  • Our client accidently lacerated her right thumb while using a food processing machine, her GP cleaned the wound and stitched the wound back together.
  • But eventually investigations confirmed that she had suffered from a ruptured tendon and that further surgical procedures were needed.
  • Gerard Malouf & Partners settled her medical negligence claim against her GP for $300,000.

Our client accidentally lacerated her right thumb while using a food processing machine. She saw her GP who cleaned the wound and stitched the wound back together. Our client was advised to attend the practice every two days for two weeks thereafter – which she did.

On each occasion, our client complained of severe pain in her right thumb and limited movement of the thumb. Our client was simply told that her symptoms were normal and that she just needed to let her hand heal.

Our client was eventually sent to Hospital, where radiological investigations confirmed that she had suffered from a ruptured tendon. She was advised that her tendon retracted and that further surgical procedures were needed to repair the damage, followed by a period of rehabilitation for 1 year.

“The GP was negligent in failing to provide the plaintiff with appropriate care and treatment in a timely manner. Time was of the essence in the treatment of the plaintiff – and the GP failed to recognise this.”


Keegan Behrens
Our Approach

As a result, the Defendant failed to reasonably consider the possibility of a tendon or nerve injury to the plaintiff’s right thumb/hand, refer the Plaintiff for radiological investigations, and take reasonable steps to diagnose and treat the plaintiff’s tear of her flexor policies longus tendon and nerve injury to her right thumb.

Our client has since been left with permanent right hand (dominant) disability. This limits her future working capacity, her ability to perform activities of daily living and maintain her home. Although this money does not alleviate our client’s pain and suffering because of the negligence, it does ensure that negligent medical practitioners are held accountable and that our client can obtain the support she needs to move past this trauma.

At Gerard Malouf & Partners, we pride ourselves on assisting those who are mistreated, misdiagnosed, and inadequately cared for by the health system. We are highly specialised and focused medical negligence lawyers with our firm being small enough to care intimately for our clients, but large enough to have the solid, financial, medical and expert resources our clients need to match the big insurers, we fight every day. 

The Result

We were successfully able to settle the case for $300,000.

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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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