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Patient unsuccessful in claim alleging GP failed to warn against reaction to cryotherapy procedure
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Patient unsuccessful in claim alleging GP failed to warn against reaction to cryotherapy procedure

Background On 19 March 2018, Mr Cowie (‘the patient’) underwent a cryotherapy procedure, being the use of liquid nitrogen, to remove some keratosis on his bottom lip (‘the procedure’). The procedure was performed by Dr Quinn. On 6 April 2018, more than 17 days after the procedure, the patient and his wife went on a holiday interstate when he claimed that his lips became very sore, swollen, ulcerated and extremely painful....

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Medical negligence rotator cuff injury claim fails
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Medical negligence rotator cuff injury claim fails

The plaintiff’s arm had been dislocated by a horse bite. The plaintiff alleged that the defendants each breached their duty of care to her by failing to order imaging to identify a rotator cuff injury, failing to refer her to an orthopaedic specialist, and failing to advise her as to proper care for her shoulder. The plaintiff alleged that by reason of the defendants’ failures, her treatment ...

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Patient unsuccessful in negligence claim against GP for alleged failure to refer for specialist medical treatment earlier
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Patient unsuccessful in negligence claim against GP for alleged failure to refer for specialist medical treatment earlier

Background Mr Elysee (‘the patient’) was a patient at Bankstown Medical Centre over a period of about 10 years. He had a complex combination of conditions and saw many doctors over that time. During the time when he was attending Bankstown Medical Centre he was diagnosed with diabetes and had a number of other health complaints including high blood pressure and poor renal function. In ...

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Health Service Investigation Report subject to Judicial Review
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Health Service Investigation Report subject to Judicial Review

The cardiologist was the subject of an investigation for maladministration of an indigenous health program.  The matter was investigated by health service investigators and a report dated 17 August 2018 set out their findings, analysis and relevant enquires undertaken (the Report). In short, the Report insinuated that the doctor had engaged in corrupt conduct through an omission in governance....

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Informed consent and usual practice of doctors
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Informed consent and usual practice of doctors

On 21 January 2013, the plaintiff jumped from the balcony of a second storey building, intending to land in the swimming pool below. Unfortunately, he missed the pool and suffered comminuted fractures to the calcaneal bones in each ankle. He was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital (the defendant’s hospital), where he was treated conservatively. He was discharged five days later, and subsequently ...

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Peer Professional Opinion Defence Rejected Again
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Peer Professional Opinion Defence Rejected Again

Mr Frangie (the Deceased) suffered a heart attack at home. He was taken to Liverpool Hospital where, following investigations, it was found he had suffered a ST elevation myocardial infarct (STEMI). As it was likely that the Deceased had been suffering the heart attack for at least a day prior to attending hospital, his late presentation suggested that his prognosis was poor. He was discharged after 5 days, on 18 November 2016, but died at home on 21 November 2016....

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Varicose veins: risks and benefits of undergoing elective surgery

The then 58-year-old patient attended upon the vascular surgeon in April 2014 on referral from her GP regarding her varicose veins. The patient’s friend had suffered a blood clot caused by varicose veins which had broken apart and resulted in a serious condition requiring hospitalisation. In July 2014, the patient underwent varicose vein stripping surgery and later developed right hip and buttock pain requiring ongoing therapy and pain management....

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Failure to warn gives rise to wrongful birth claim: Nouri v Australian Capital Territory [2018] ACTSC

Saba Nouri was born on 3 November 2011 to the plaintiffs with severe disabilities. Saba’s disabilities were characterised as VACTERL association – a collection of vertebral, anorectal, cardiac, tracheo-oesophageal, oesophageal, renal and limb abnormalities. The plaintiffs submitted that the hospital should have informed them about concerns for Saba’s health that arose during the pregnancy....

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Court orders brain surgery on 12-month-old baby against parents’ wishes

Baby K was born on 22 July 2017 with cortical dysplasia in the left hemisphere of his brain. As a consequence, K suffers from a form of epilepsy that is unresponsive to medication. He has spent 10 of his 12 months of life in Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane due to his severe and frequent seizures. K has undergone various treatments, including anticonvulsive drugs, a trial of cannabis oil and ketogenic diet, which have proved largely ineffective....

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Competent professional practice does not require evidence of “a practice”

In Sparks v Hobson; Gray v Hobson [2018] NSWCA 29, the Plaintiff suffered from Noonan Syndrome, a genetic disorder that prevents normal development in various parts of the body. Due to this disorder, his ability to fill his lungs with air, and hence to breathe, was restricted. Surgery to correct this problem was arranged to take place in two stages. The first operation was successful. The second ...

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Inexact evidence on causation sufficient to demonstrate material contribution

The Plaintiff suffered from epilepsy from six years of age. In 2010, at the age of 20, the Plaintiff underwent electroencephalographic monitoring, a telemetry testing procedure requiring sleep deprivation and the withdrawal of medication to induce a seizure to determine if surgery would be suitable to address her epileptic episodes. During the telemetry procedure the Plaintiff experienced a prolonged ...

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Liability of hospital for actions of a misbehaving patient

A B v Australian Capital Territory [2018] ACTSC 18 is a decision of the Supreme Court of the ACT which considers the liability of a hospital following the abuse and assault of the plaintiff by another patient who was affected by, at least, alcohol and admitted to the same ward. The plaintiff had suffered a PTSD as a result. The plaintiff alleged that the abuse and assault only took place because ...

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