Medical negligence is a complex and fascinating area of law that can raise important questions about patient safety and access to justice. If you want to stay up-to-date with latest news, views and developments in medical law, in addition to this e-newsletter you can check out The Legal Prescription. It's a new blog by Tom Ballantyne, a Senior Associate at Maurice Blackburn.
Tom works exclusively for individuals and families who need legal assistance after receiving negligent care and treatment. His experience includes a wide variety of cases, including:
catastrophic birth injuries
delay in the diagnosis of cancer and other diseases
serious injuries after medical treatment, and
Coroners Court cases.
The current blog topics include:
Medicine and the law
Rise of the superbugs!
Hundreds of deaths not being reported to the Coroner
Treatment decisions, patient sovereignty and the internet
As with all blogs, the aim is to encourage a conversation.
"I'm keen to start a dialogue with health professionals, legal colleagues and health consumers who are interested in health care, medicine and legal issues," says Tom.
"Blogs can be a bit dry unless they stimulate debate and discussion, so feedback and suggestions are just what I want. It's a pretty varied and, at times, controversial area, so I'm sure there are a million different views and opinions out there."
Please note: Tom writes about medical and legal issues in Victoria, the ACT and WA. Under law, content on this blog is not intended for people in NSW or Queensland.