Medicine is supposed to be there to help us, and usually it does. However, sometimes things go terribly wrong. Whether you believe your chiropractor, nurse, GP or surgeon has been negligent, you have a course of action under Australian law. However, laws around medical negligence are extremely strict and it pays to be informed when you find yourself injured or hurt, and desperate for compensation. So what should you do?
Put Your Health First
Your health is most important, so if something has gone wrong make sure you seek help to fix it. If you are unhappy with your current doctor or medical practitioner seek referrals from friends or from your GP (if they are not the offending party). Though you may feel that you can no longer trust the medical system it is important to not stop getting treatment if you need it.
Keep All Documentation
Keep all documentation that you have access to from your medical procedure. This could be notes from a consultation, referrals, prescriptions, photos, comments from other practitioners: anything that might be relevant! This documentation could be essential to your case.
Find Out If You Have A Case
The rules governing medical negligence or medical malpractice are quite specific. To win your case you need to be able to prove that not only did your medical practitioner fail to act to an acceptable medical standard, but that this also caused you significant pain and suffering. A ‘mistake’ or failed procedure is not an immediate cause for a case. You should undertake meetings with medical compensation lawyers to help determine if you have a case.
File Your Claim
Your lawyer will help you make your claim for medical compensation, guiding you on legal standards for amounts of compensation and your chances of success. Depending on the severity of the injury you could be eligible for anywhere from thousands to millions.