Medical negligence and medical malpractice claims
Medical negligence or medical malpractice can affect your whole life and the lives of those you love. At Maurice Blackburn our specialised medical negligence and personal injury lawyers will fight for fair compensation for you. And while we know that financial compensation can’t ever replace quality of life, your needs and future wellbeing are our priority so we’ll fight hard to help you and your family receive the best possible outcome.
We have successfully represented parents in medical malpractice cases, including obstetric-, paediatric- and gynaecological-related claims arising from wrongful birth, and pregnancy and childbirth complications.
We also are representing many families affected by Bacchus Marsh Hospital's perinatal deaths and injuries—an ongoing investigation into medical negligence.
If your health care professional, hospital or other facility has breached their 'duty of care' to you, our experienced medical negligence lawyers can help you claim compensation.
Was your OB/GYN medical treatment negligent?
Obstetric medical negligence claims can be made against doctors or hospitals for failing to investigate and monitor a pregnancy, and for failing to advise parents of abnormalities discovered during a pregnancy and offering them the option to abort.
We can assist in cases where a newborn baby has been badly injured due to the mother's labour or due to the delivery being poorly managed. This includes brain damage caused by allowing labour to continue when signs indicated an urgent need for delivery, including by caesarean section; brain damage caused to a baby by poorly managed delivery with forceps; cerebral palsy from hypoxia or lack of oxygen to the foetus during delivery; and brain damage caused by failing to recognise a high-risk pregnancy and properly manage it.
Our specialist obstetrics and gynaecology compensation lawyers also can assist in cases where medical negligence has caused the death of a baby, for example by failing to treat the mother and baby for Group B streptococcal infection, or the death of a baby by Keilland's forceps rotation.
Have you experienced gynaecological malpractice?
As the leading patient’s rights and medical malpractice firm in Australia, we are the best choice to fight for compensation following poor gynaecological treatment. Many Maurice Blackburn lawyers are women, so you always have the option to speak to a woman if you prefer.
We can assist in cases involving negligence and medical malpractice relating to:
- unexpected pregnancy due to failed sterilisation (either through the use of metal clips, rings or tubal ligation)
- vaginal and abdominal hysterectomy (removal of the uterus)
- oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries)
- hormone replacement therapy
- management of uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts
- prolapse repair
- pelvic inflammatory disease
- failure to diagnose pregnancy (including ectopic pregnancy)
- injuries during termination of pregnancy procedures
- assisted fertilisation (IVF)
- ureter damage during hysterectomy
- urinary or faecal incontinence after surgery.
Caring for the person
At Maurice Blackburn we fight for fair. Our specialised obstetrics and gynaecology compensation lawyers have a wealth of knowledge and experience working on cases of medical malpractice.
Medical malpractice laws are different across states and territories, so it's important to have a local lawyer with national resources. That's why we have offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and throughout Australia.
If you think you have experienced medical malpractice, talk to us today to find out how we can help you.
We provide our medical negligence legal services on a 'no win, no fee'* basis. This means that you will only pay our legal fees if you receive a settlement or compensation. You would not be charged our fees if the claim is not pursued after investigation.
All you need to know about medical negligence
If your health care professional, hospital or other facility breaches what’s known as their duty of care, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.