Key practice areas: Medical Negligence
Qualifications: LLB, BEc
Location: Melbourne (VIC)
Kathryn Booth heads Maurice Blackburn's national Medical Negligence
practice. She is an expert in medical malpractice law and practices
exclusively on behalf of patients and their families.
She is a Law Institute accredited specialist in personal injury
law and has achieved hundreds of settlements for catastrophically
injured adults and children due to medical negligence. In 2012,
Kathryn represented Darcy Hanssen, who received an out-of-court
settlement after suffering complications at birth that lead to
severe cerebral palsy.
Kathryn's special interests are in women's health issues,
particularly obstetrics and gynaecology. She is calling on the
Victorian Government to amend legislation to expand Coronial powers to investigate still
births which occur every year in Victoria.
Kathryn is often asked to present on medical law, and can
provide insightful commentary on issues including Emergency
Department and Hospital demand (the pressures that places on staff
that can lead to malpractice and the impact it has on patients
turned away), duty of care of doctors and problem doctors
(malpractice), cosmetic surgery bungles, home births and baby
deaths as well as IVF issues.
Kathryn is a member of the Australian Lawyers Alliance and
established the Women's Law Section at Maurice Blackburn. She
is also the Chairperson of the Law Institute of Victoria's Medical
Negligence and Public Liability Committee, a member of the Law
Institute of Victoria's Litigation Lawyers Executive Committee and
on the Board of Maurice Blackburn.
Kathryn also lectures to lawyers, doctors and hospital managers
on the duty of care owed to patients.