In NSW, the reporting of medical negligence claims is mandatory
We all like to have the utmost faith in our medical professionals. When we go to see a doctor or nurse about a pressing health situation, we want to trust that they’ll do their jobs well and everything will be OK. Unfortunately, though, even medical pros are only human, and they sometimes make mistakes. These mistakes can at times be quite costly.
In New South Wales, it’s mandatory to report such errors. If a doctor has misdiagnosed or mistreated you in any way, the authorities need to know about it. And it’s a good thing, too – depending on the circumstances, you might be eligible for a hefty bit of compensation. Working with a capable lawyer can help you figure that out.
Reporting medical negligence is required in NSW
A Parliament report explained that reporting medical negligence cases was “in the public interest” because it helps inform the medical community and the public at large about how to improve healthcare. There was a lack of knowledge about what constituted negligence previously; under today’s law, we have the data to better understand it.
Having this information can help shed light on numerous challenges, such as determining levels of compensation in negligence cases and settling legal disputes. The more information that’s made public in NSW, the better equipped we’ll all be to resolve issues.
How to get your medical issue on file
So what happens if you’ve been the victim of medical negligence? According to the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission, you can file a complaint against anyone involved. The offending party might be a doctor, nurse, dentist, pharmacist, psychologist, chiropractor or podiatrist.
All you need to do to lodge a complaint is put it in writing and send it to the state government, either online or through the mail. Then, once you’ve done that, a logical next step is finding a lawyer who will take up your case and fight for you.
Finding a lawyer who will represent you
If you’ve been injured or otherwise wronged as a result of negligent medical advice or treatment, you may well be entitled to compensation. Examples of negligence include incorrect diagnoses, surgical errors and failure to notify you of risks you’re up against.
Do you suspect that your situation qualifies as any of the above? If so, it’s time to find out for sure.
Medical negligence lawyers Sydney
At Marshall & Gibson Compensation Lawyers Sydney we specialise in medical negligence claims and have a proven track record having won over 99% of our medical negligence cases. We’re so confident in our legal expertise that with our “No Win-No Fee” basis, you only pay if we win your claim for you.
Call us today on 1800 675 417 or send us an email for your free, no obligation case evaluation by one of our expert compensation lawyers.