Canberra Medical Negligence Solicitors - Personal Injury Compensation Lawyers
Most healthcare professionals in ACT provide an outstanding service to their patients however there are times when things go wrong which is when you will need the services of a Canberra medical negligence solicitor. The Canberra Hospital does not have the best of reputations in regards to medical negligence. There have been several serious incidents of alleged medical negligence due to 'catastrophic' or 'major' error where the medical authority has not subsequently supplied full information to lawyers leaving them open to criticism on the basis of lack of transparency. The corporate body involved in these incidents is ACT Health which has been criticised in the past for failure to provide information although they have historically, eventually provided information following a formal lawyers request. In most cases where there is a trial, full information does enter the public domain however in regards to cases that are settled before trial it is often difficult to get to the root of the allegations. The Canberra hospital is however not alone in facing these difficulties which appear to be endemic across Australia. As well as hospital errors most other healthcare professionals including doctors, dental surgeons, nurses and technicians are often subject to allegations of error by Canberra medical negligence solicitors. The Canberra Times carried out a national investigation and found that the amounts paid out as compensation in medical negligence compensation claims had increased massively in just a few years. Millions of dollars are paid out every year in settlements for erroneous action causing death or personal injury to patients which is funded by the taxpayer.
Canberra Medical Negligence Solicitors
Our Canberra medical negligence solicitors have a national reputation and operate in most states in Australia. They will give you advice at no cost on the telephone and if your potential case has merit they will offer to proceed with the medical negligence compensation claim using the no win no fee scheme. If you would like advice at no cost and with no further obligation just call the helpline or complete the contact form or email our lawyers offices.
Our medical negligence solicitors have offices situated in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, Darwin, and Sydney. Do yourself justice - give us a call.
We always take privacy seriously and are confidential in all that we do. Your personal details are not given out to other companies, nor will you find yourself receiving unsolicited materials.
No Win No Fee Lawyers
Pursuing a personal injury compensation claim should never be foregone due to fears about legal costs. Since the advent of the no win no fee scheme victims who suffer personal injury at the hands of another have been able to take legal action for compensation without risk.
No win no fee agreements which are technically known as conditional fee agreements (CFA). Under the scheme a solicitor will only receive payment for legal fees if the case he represents is successful. Our Canberra medical negligence solicitors operate the no win no fee scheme otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client.
If a no win no fee claim is unsuccessful then the solicitor will have no right to a legal fee from either the client or from the other side. The legal expenses paid by the solicitor will be written off by the solicitor who will not recoup then from his client. There is a huge advantage to the claimant on such a scheme, if they are successful in their claim, they keep all of the compensation and if they are unsuccessful they pay no legal fee and no expenses.
If a claimant takes advantage of a CFA then claim is dealt with in exactly the same way as if the client was paying privately. The only person taking a financial risk is the Canberra medical negligence solicitor whose interest is to ensure that the case is properly prepared for trial if necessary.
Judges dealing with personal injury compensation claims in the civil courts have two main duties which involve answering the question of who is to
blame and if appropriate how much compensation should to be awarded.
It's a tough job being a Judge deciding how much to award in personal injury compensation claims. In reality no monetary award can ever compensate properly for injury. The real solution to the problem of measuring damages lies in considering previous cases in which similar injuries occurred and how much was awarded in that case. These
cases can act as vital guidelines for a Judge.
Compensation is divided into two main categories being those where items of loss can be calculated accurately known as �special damages� and those that require assessment and are known as �general damages�. Damages that can be recovered in accident compensation claims may include :-
- pain and suffering
- loss of wages
- loss of other job opportunities
- loss of a congenial job
- disadvantage on the labour market
- reducing of the enjoyment of leisure time
- loss of lifestyle
- out of pocket expenses
- expenses for care
- property damage
- insurance excess
- replacement vehicle hire
- diminution in value of a repaired vehicle
- interest on losses
General damages represents compensation that can be calculated accurately and is usually proved by documentary evidence including receipts or estimates for the specific items of loss. Special damages represents compensation that requires a degree of assessment. In making these assessments in accident compensation claims, judges will rely on evidence obtained from experts or specialists and in assessing damages for personal injury will rely on their own previous experience, on previously decided cases and on official guidelines.
Certain injuries take a long time to settle down and during this time you can suffer considerable financial expenses and losses. The law is in place in these situations to protect your hard earned money. If someone else was responsible for causing you injury then it is important to act immediately and take advice on accident compensation claims. Time is of the essence in these cases and you risk losing the right to claim if you do not act promptly. There is a general three year rule subject to some exceptions - you should take legal advice.
Canberra Medical Negligence Law Offices
The following Canberra medical negligence solicitors deal with personal injury compensation claims:-
Snedden Hall & Gallop
Nelson & Co
Sheila Foliaki-Singh & Associates
Hunt & Hunt
Bradley Allen Lawyers
John Nicholl & Co